Wondu has no buttons. Control is entirely gesture-based:
Start up: Remove the flyer from the wand and set on a suitable launch surface. Shaking the wand starts the rotors and after a brief automatic trimming of the rotors (if needed), the flyer starts its flight. Let’s take to the skies!
Shaking the wand again at any time slows the rotors for an automatic soft landing before stopping completely. Easy peasy.
Virtual Tether: the flyer defaults to an initial flying height of 7’ (above human head height), and a horizontal distance from wand of 7’. It hovers while awaiting gestures or user movement. As the user moves, these initial relative distances are maintained, not unlike a kite, until gestures increase or decrease the virtual tether.
Basic movement: Waving the wand in a direction instructs the flyer to move in that direction, regardless of where the flyer is 'pointing' (it has no front and back remember!). This control method is entirely intuitive: Swiping North-East makes it go North-East. Swipe South and it goes South. The onboard processor translates the speed and distance of the wand gesture into the flyer's movement, with a corresponding dampened deceleration. In this way multiple swipes of the wand can be used to create a fluid flyer motion, a graceful path through the sky.
Special moves: Specific gestures can be discovered over time to achieve amazing effects. Rotating the wand horizontally makes the Wondu perform a barrel-roll; rotate it vertically and it does a neat little circular spin. There are any number of ‘special moves’ achievable with the wand; the more the child plays with the flyer, the more they learn what the moves are!
Friendly Flyers: When two or more flyers ‘meet’, they spontaneously enter into a randomly choreographed dance, communicating directly with each other and never colliding. A lovely Ballet ensues, so full of form and color. Enjoy the show...
Lighting effects: When the Wondu encounters low light levels, the onboard photo sensor starts a light show. The lighting effect is sympatico with the flyer’s movements, pulsing and color changing depending on direction, speed and acceleration. Dipping through the shadows of trees, the approach of sunset and indoor flying all initiate a magical firefly moment.