Parrot has brought us some great remote-controlled flying tech in the past, and it looks like the company is now bringing us its next wave of drone technology. Just yesterday, Parrot took the wraps off 13 new inexpensive minidrones that will be able to travel on land, through the air, and on the water. The drones, which won’t cost more than €200 (~$225 US), will be officially launched by the company in France on Thursday, July 2nd. However, the company already revealed the details on its website, so let’s take a quick look at the new products.
First up is the Airborne model, which will be available in two different variants – the Cargo (€99/~$111 US) and the Night (€129/~$145 US). Both models weigh a mere 58 grams and feature a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. There’s also a camera that lets you take VGA photos while in the air, but unfortunately video isn’t supported. The drone can reach speeds up to 11mph and offer up around 9 minutes of flight time on a single charge. The Night variant features LED lights that let you fly around in the dark, and the Cargo model lets you transport small objects from one place to another. Check out the video attached below for more info.
Next up is the Hydrofoil, which is the company’s first drone capable of traveling on the water. It’s actually a hybrid that uses the Airborne to power it, but it’s still an interesting addition to the company’s lineup, nonetheless. This one costs €169 (~$190 US) and is a hybrid boat/UAV model that attaches to an Airborne drone to move across the water. This one can only last about 7 minutes on a charge, and can travel about 6mph through calm waters. It actually looks pretty interesting. Check out the video below to see it in action.
Last up we have the new line of Jumping drones, that also come in two models – the Night (€199/~$224 US) that features LED lights to see in the dark, and the Race Drone (€199/~$224 US) that can travel up to 8mph, compared to the Night drone’s 5.3mph. These are two-wheeled remote-controlled drones that can actually jump up to 32 inches in height or length. You can also broadcast your voice using the drone’s built-in microphone and speaker.
All of these drones listed above can be controlled using Parrot’s FreeFlight 3 phone and tablet app. Parrot hasn’t revealed exactly when the drones will make their way to the United States, but we’ll likely find out more information once July 2nd rolls around.
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