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Tello $99 Toy Drone


Tello $99 Toy Drone


At $99 the Tello is an affordable toy drone developed Ryze Tech, a Chinese drone start-up and will officially debut the new product at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

The Tello toy drone provides the right mix of fun, form and function that results in an awesome flying experience for kids. Weighing around 80g with a body that is approximately the size of a smart watch, it can be activated with a quick toss and return to land in the palm of your hands in a matter of seconds.

Tello houses an HD camera and comes with a pre-programmed one-touch flight function called “EZ Shot” that lets the  user capture a 360 video, fly in a circle and command Tello to fly “Up & Out” seamlessly. Whether doing a flip, tossing it into the air or racing it through an obstacle course, controlling the Tello is made simple with just a Tello app on your smartphone, connected through Wi-Fi and the fun of flight is at your fingertips.


Safety and Stability Powered by the Best Technologies

The Tello comes with flexible propellers, propeller guards and a collision detection system. And when your hands aren’t on the controls, Tello hovers in place without drifting. These features, plus the auto takeoff, auto landing, and low battery protection features, make it extremely safe handling for kids. All of this is made possible by the high-performance Intel® vision processing unit (VPU) and DJI’s best-in-class flight stabilization technology.

Get into the Pilot Seat, See What Tello Sees

The Tello allows you to see what it sees in real time, putting you in the pilot seat enabled with real-time HD video transmission to your smart phone or tablet will. It will also be compatible with select third party VR headsets for those interested in drone racing.

Play is an Essential Part of Learning

The ability to code is an important part of literacy and will enable kids to learn about creative problem solving and how to communicate their ideas. Engineers at Ryze have made Tello programmable with Scratch, an MIT-developed coding system that allows kids and teens to learn the basics of programming. Kids can program their Tello to string multiple flips into a single command or create their own flight patterns using MIT Media Lab’s easy-to-use block-based coding interface called Scratch.

Ryze built the Tello with advanced technology foundations from DJI and Intel. “The Tello is an impressive drone with so much intelligence packed inside such a small package,” said Remi-El-Ouazzane, VP and Movidius General Manager, New Technologies Group, Intel.

“The idea of making play an essential part of learning and putting this concept into a drone makes the Tello more than just a toy. It’s an opportunity for kids and young engineers to discover the ingenuity and science behind aerial technology. We’re excited to see the Tello come to life and congratulate Ryze for their accomplishment,” said Paul Xu, DJI’s Vice President.

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Cite this article as: Phillip Smith, "Tello $99 Toy Drone," in, January 10, 2018,

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