For an inexpensive stocking-filler type of toy to make it into Selfridges’ vaunted tech area pre-Christmas, it must be pretty special. MyFirst Drone, by Singapore’s Oaxis, is just that. And, while it’s perfect for children who are nagging for a drone, it’s also weirdly distracting for non-children.
It’s a rechargeable drone with no controls that wafts randomly, like a skittish miniature UFO, around a room – or outdoors – avoiding (most) objects, walls, etc, thanks to its five anti‑crash sensors.
The 11cm-diameter device also has sensors to avoid it going too high. The instructions say you start it by throwing it in the air, but I had more success just dropping it. The rotor blades are in a cage, so it’s safe, and with a couple of myFirst Drones, all kinds of chasing and catching games could ensue. The box promises that myFirst Drone provides a “family bonding indoor activity”, and I would endorse that.