The company’s latest release is a little drone called Aerius — and when we say “little” we mean really, really little. Measuring just three centimeters long, three centimeters wide, and two centimeters tall; the drone’s footprint isn’t much bigger than a quarter.
Despite this minuscule size, Aerius actually boasts some impressive specs. Under the hood, it’s got a lot of the same stuff you’d find inside a drone 100 times this size — including adjustable flight control sensitivity, 6-axis gyroscopic stabilization, LED lights, intelligent orientation control, and a set of pre-programmed aerial tricks that can be executed at the push of a button.
The drone’s small size does limit battery size, though. The onboard 3.7v 80 mAh battery will only get you about 5-7 minutes of total flight time, but unlike bigger batteries, it also recharges in just 15 minutes, which isn’t too bad. As for range, Aerius boasts a 2.4 gHz transceiver, which means it can theoretically go just as far away from the controller as DJI’s Phantom drones — though you’ll probably have trouble spotting the tiny bastard if you fly it too far.
And the best part? Because Aerius is so damn small and simple, it costs a fraction of what most drones do. You can pick one up (in the color of your choice, no less) for just 35 bucks — and that includes the flight controller. Pre-orders opened up earlier this week, and Axis expects to begin shipping in the next couple months.