In the last few years drones have morphed from frightening war machine into full-time toy, with legions of fans using them for drone photography, drone racing and drone selfies. With price points starting at below $50, they’re a tech toy that’s accessible to all, and we’re seeing a global rise in drone friendly experiences.
Such as DJI’s brand new DJI Arena in Seoul, South Korea, a 1,395 square meter space that looks like you’ve stepped into Ender’s Game. The arena opened today, and visitors can try out the LED-lit circuit, maneuvering their machine through multicolored circles of varying sizes and heights. Progress can be monitored on the LCD screens that stream the action and chargers and docks are provided, as is a viewing area so visitors can sit and soak up other pilots skills.
At $13.50 per person for three-hour stint is very reasonable — though you do have to bring or borrow a drone to participate. They also offer educational programs for schools and children (they provide the drone in these cases.)
This seems futuristic, but in actuality, drone arenas are becoming a worldwide trend. San Francisco’s Innovation Hangar has been home to a partitioned off drone area for some time, and they recently started opening up for late night “Drones and Drinks” events — called ‘Date Night 2.0′ by The Wall Street Journal’s Sally French. In France, there are regular soirees hosted by Easydrone and drone racing and combat events perform to huge audiences.