This may have a hint of busman’s holiday about it, but I often use my vacations – and the acres of time they offer to do nothing – to get to grips with tech that needs some practice. This unbelievably tiny and sublimely cool drone – I have seen bigger hornets – is quite tricky to fly. It is also wholly pointless, aside from the great feeling you get from mastering it, which I semi-did (although I didn’t get as far as performing stunts) by a poolside in Florida when no one else was around.
The World’s Smallest Quadcopter, as New York gadget store Hammacher Schlemmer calls this little guy, parks happily on a £2 coin and can be launched off a thumb tip. It doesn’t have a camera, but is packed with piezoelectric gyros and accelerometers to keep it stable. Figure eights, barrel rolls and flips are all yours if you put in the training hours, and it’s fine outdoors on a calm day with a 20m range. You get five minutes’ flight time from a 30-minute charge.