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The RYZE Tello drone is a small and fun entry point for a lot of people kicking the tires about drones and getting familiar with them. But as a person who is really into drones, I also love this tiny drone for flying around my house indoors - just zipping around going between furniture and doing flips with it is seriously fun. It was even more fun after I connected my bluetooth controller!
The Tello drone allows you to control it with an apple compatible game controller - which I happen to have thanks to my passion for Geometry Wars. Setting a game controller up with the RYZE Tello is really easy. I'm using a SteelSeries Nimbus, but if you're on a budget - you could try the SteelSeries Stratus. The nimbus works with iOS and Apple TV, while the stratus works with iOS devices.
To connect the RYZE Tello to the controller:
First, download the Tello app from the app store.
Connect your bluetooth controller to your device.
You may need to install the helper app specific to your controller, I had to download the "Nimbus" app. It was free.
Connect the Tello to your device via Wi-Fi.
To do this, turn on the tello, open your system preferences, wifi and select the wifi network that starts with "Tello-xxxx".
That's literally it.
Here are the Tello controller settings:
Take off / Land: R2 + Y
Take Photo: R1
Record Video: L1
Flip Forward: L2 + D Pad Up
Flip Backward: L2 + D Pad Down
Flip Left: L2 + D Pad Left
Flip Right: L2 + D Pad Right
Devices compatible with the RYZE Tello drone:
iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular.
Have fun flying! It's much easier than the on-screen touch controls and really unlocks more precision living room furniture maneuverability and flip capability!