Air Hog Supernova

Air Hogs Supernova brings the fun of motion control to budget-priced drones

Small drones have rapidly been coming down in price over the last few years, but with so many options now available it has become increasingly difficult for brands to stand out.

Whilst the $500+ drone market has seen manufacturers add bells and whistles like 4K cameras and advanced image stabilisation. Air Hogs, however, has decided to keep things fun and have created a sub-$40 kid-friendly drone that is controlled by motion sensor instead of the traditional clunky but functional remote control.

The Air Hogs Supernova is a small quadcopter encased in a plastic polyhedron cage that is spacious enough to fit the spinning blades that lift the drone. In total, the Supernova has a diameter of about 5.1 inches – about the size of a shot put or lawn bowls ball. The cage around it is not only great for protecting the orb itself but also for protecting kids from getting their little fingers too close to the

However, the exciting bit about this orb is how it is controlled – there is no remote control and it doesn’t sync with your phone – you control it with simple hand gestures. A laser sensor on the bottom of the drone and four infrared sensors around the sides pick up your hand gestures. The Supernova then interprets your hand gestures and moves itself in a variety of directions – up, down, left, right, forwards, and back.

Getting started with the Supernova is as easy as switching it on and waiting for the LED core to turn solid green (if it’s red then you need to put the orb on charge for a few minutes). Once it’s ready, you gently toss it into the air and can begin controlling it with your hands – pushing it forwards and back or passing it side to side.

As you become more comfortable, you can progress from these basic moves and start to master some of the Supernova’s “Super Tricks”, such as the Super Spinner, Orbiter, and Boomerang. There are over 30 moves and nine Super Tricks to learn – meaning hours of fun learning to master each feature.

All-in-all, it’s a futuristic-looking flying orb that will keep the kids entertained with enough tricks to keep the adults amused too.

You get around 5-7 minutes of playtime from a 45-minute charge, after which the central LED core will start to glow red and you know it is time to recharge. You also get some replacement blades in the pack, so if you do make a few mistakes when getting started, you can pop the blade off and replace it in seconds to get back to playing with the flying machine.

Check out this getting started video and get your own Air Hogs Supernova at

The post was written in collaboration with Air Hogs.

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