(Pocket-lint) – Over the past few years we’ve seen the rise of new, interactive methods of teaching kids of all ages the basics of coding. Whether it be Apple’s Swift Playgrounds, Kano’s interactive toys or Sphero’s programmable robots, there’s a whole host of educational gadgets out there.
DJI – the company that’s made its name in consumer drones – has also dabbled in educational devices, and the latest to enter the market is the RoboMaster Tello Talent drone.
It builds on its predecessor – the Tello EDU – by adding a new extension board that enables more AI applications. The new hardware also includes an open source ESP32 processor, programmable 256 colour LED light, dot matrix screen and a ToF (time of flight) sensor.
There’s also a new swarming feature for when you have multiple Tello Talent drones.
The new ESP32 board offers support for Arduino and MicroPython coding platforms, and also supports Scratch offline coding.
Students will be able to write custom code to change the colour and flash frequency of the LED light or create shapes and animations (like scrolling letters) on the two-tone dot matrix screen.
Its infrared ToF sensor is there to offer distance detection up to 1.2 metres, enabling environment detectiona and basic obstacle avoidance.
For more advanced students – with multiple drones – there’s the ability to program a swarm of drones to fly in custom formations and maneuvers using Scratch, Swift or Python using dedicated swarm software.
It has a range of up to 100m and max altitude of 30m, perfect for indoor use in large open rooms like school halls.
The DJI RoboMaster TT Tello Talent is on sale now for $239/£239.
Writing by Cam Bunton.