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Drone programming for beginners/kids

So this isn't my forte, and thought I'd put this forward. Looking to encourage the nieces and nephews, aka the next generation, to learn a bit about autonomous UAV programming and coding. Ideas for kid-friendly inexpensive programmable drone kits around $200 or less?

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CoDrone

There's a company that wants to do exactly what you describe. It's called Robo Link, and they have a Kickstarter project called CoDrone

The CoDrone is a quadcopter that you can easily program using our friendly, step-by-step videos. Whether you are brand new to drones and coding or you’re a longtime drone lover, you will have a blast with the CoDrone. With CoDrone package, you can follow step-by-step tutorials and do all kinds of cool applications. Starting from simply making it fly to having it follow people or battle other CoDrones.
Using various sensors and on-board camera, CoDrone follow people around. For Laser Tagging battle, you can do various attacks and shoot missiles that use IR sensors. The learning site includes simple steps from how to drone to fly up to advanced missions like drone-bowling, battle, etc. The Codrone will retail for $179, but if you back our Kickstarter campaign, you can get it for a very special price!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/728836843/codrone-learn-to-code-wit...

Pledge was $119 USD

Looks like the campaign was successful and they are already shipping.

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Airwolf wrote:

Airwolf wrote:
So this isn't my forte, and thought I'd put this forward. Looking to encourage the nieces and nephews, aka the next generation, to learn a bit about autonomous UAV programming and coding. Ideas for kid-friendly inexpensive programmable drone kits around $200 or less?

Airwolf, check out my post in the Drone 100 light show thread.

Parrot's products are all programmable and have an open source SDK (software dev kit). The SDK gives developers control over the sensors, maneuvers like takeoff/landing/flip etc - it's all at developer.parrot.com