A drone with a difference

Flown using virtual reality goggles, the Ghostdrone 2.0 offers a dramatic bird’s-eye view

Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0, around £476
Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0, around £476 | Image: Hugh Threlfall

These still September days are perfect for messing about with drones. This one, from Guangzhou’s Ehang, is a lot of fun at a reasonable price, since it’s being discounted heavily. I’ll get to why shortly. Ehang’s motto is “Let humankind fly freely like a bird”, and the Ghostdrone 2.0 does a terrific job of simulating that, albeit not as comprehensively as Ehang’s tablet-controlled 184 concept drone, which carries a person. 

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The Ghostdrone 2.0 is flown by wearing some marvellously daft-looking virtual reality goggles that relay a live view. Once you get over the fiddly setup procedure, you can become your own personal seagull, albeit one with an official 25-minute max flight time. The Ghostdrone also has a follow-me mode that works brilliantly on a country stroll, with the drone taking on the role of a flying dog. I didn’t try this, but some have used it to video themselves surfing.

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Why is the Ghostdrone 2.0 selling for around half its launch price? Mostly because it has suffered from pairing and connection problems. It is one of those products that requires focus and persistence. It will reward you richly if you’re patient, but I’d recommend buying from the likes of Amazon, so you can return it if you and it don’t get on.

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