Programming the RYZE Tello

Posted by Kerry Garrison 03/21/2018 0 Comment(s) Tips and Tricks,

RYZE has just started shipping the new Tello drone and the demand for it is quite high. Note, the Tello is not made by DJI, but it does have DJI components and is sold through DJI. While the Tello is marketed as a toy drone, it does have a vision position sensor for very good position hold. What is the most interesting thing about the Tello for many of us is that you can easily write programs to control the Tello. There are several ways of doing programming on the Tello but for this article, we are going to focus on what we think is the easiest to get up and running, easiest to learn, and has the most features right now.


DroneBlocks ( is a visual programming system designed to help teach kids programming while interacting with DJI drone technology. By building applications for drones, kids learn coding structure, how to use variables, loops, and if-then statements. While you cannot build complicated applications, it will be fun for kids to control the flight of a drone.

Currently, DroneBlocks is available for IOS devices. Not only does DroneBlocks work with the Tello, but also with the Phantom 3 and Phantom 4 series aircraft, Matrice 100, and Inspire 1.

To get started, install and launch the DroneBlocks app and you are ready to get going. We do recommend you use an iPad for the extra screen space, but an iPhone will work as well. Commands are into eight categories on the left so you select a command category, then a specific command, and it will place it into the programming area.

Once you have your mission all planned out, select the three-line icon in the top right hand corner and select "Launch Mission".

Flight Checklist

  1. Make sure area around aircraft is clear
  2. Make sure there is good lighting and that the floor has a good high contrast pattern
  3. Make sure you have the prop guards on
  4. Make sure you have a good charge on the battery
  5. Turn on the aircraft
  6. Connect to the aircraft's WiFi
  7. Connect to Tello in Droneblocks
  8. Make sure you have a "Land" command in your program
  9. Launch Mission

We can't wait to see what you can come up with, be sure and comment below to a link to any videos you post showing off your programming skills.

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