Drone manufacturer Propel brings Star Wars fighting drones to Australia
Drone manufacturer Propel is bringing Christmas early for a lot of Star Wars fans, with a line of Star Wars licensed drones hitting stores on November 21st.
The collection features three of Star Wars‘ most popular vehicles: 74-Speeder Bike, TIE Advancedx1, and the T-65 X-Wing. It gets better though, Propel are also releasing 1977 Limited Edition souvenir boxed drones to celebrate the year the first Star Wars movie aired in cinemas.
Limited edition boxes have a matte black finish, are individually numbered and wax sealed. When the top of the box is opened, the drone inside is revealed on a light box, with Star Wars music and sound bytes playing. Limited Edition drones are limited to three per retail outlet in Australia and are expected to sell out within minutes of their launch.
The drones are the first consumer product to use LiFi capabilites, the next generation of data transfer technology. LiFi is reportedly 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, allowing Propel’s latest line of drones to communicate between each other and allow competitive drone combat possibilities.
Other features include Reverse Propulsion technology, where the propellors are placed on the bottom rather than the top. Combine this with transparent propeller blades and when the drone is in motion it looks as close to the real deal as possible. There’s also a smartphone app that allows players to fly virtual drones in a training mode, as well as battle each other.
During battles, using headphones in the controller’s headphone jack allows pilots to listen to Star Wars music, sound effects and voice clips while they race and battle each other.
The drones are available in two editions. A Collector’s Edition which features a unique serial number ($299AUD/ $329 NZ) and a Standard Edition ($199AUD/ $219 NZ), stocked at a number of retailers across Australia and New Zealand.