Parrot refreshes iOS-controlled minidrone lineup, adds new Airborne and Hydrofoil models [u]

in General Discussion edited June 2015
Parrot on Friday announced several changes to its minidrone line, showing off updated jumping bots, new flying drones, and revealing its first-ever water drone. [updated]

The two aerial models, first spotted by French website Stuffi, are known as the Airborne Cargo and Airborne Night. Both have autopilot options, and bottom-mounted cameras that capture low-resolution VGA photos to an included 1-gigabyte memory card. The units have a top speed of 11 miles per hour, but can only fly for 9 minutes at a time, though this does reduce charging time to just 25 minutes.

The Cargo has an top-mounted module for carrying around small figurines, while the Night has LED lights that provide night-time visibility and can be flashed on command.

The aquatic model, dubbed the Hydrofoil Drone, uses an included Airborne drone for both propulsion and as a first-person view camera. The Hydrofoil tops out at 6 miles per hour, and can sail for only 7 minutes. The Airborne drone, though, can be detached for separate flight.

Parrot has also updated its Jumping drones, distinguished by their ability to leap 32 inches into the air. Video from onboard cameras can be captured to a 4-gigabyte memory card, and a speaker system lets drivers broadcast their own voice. The Jumping Night has forward-facing LEDs and tops out at 5.3 miles per hour, while the Jumping Race lacks lights but moves at a quicker 8 miles an hour.

Eurozone prices range from ?99 ($111) for the Airborne Cargo to ?199 ($223) for one of the Jumping drones. Parrot has scheduled a U.K. press event for July 2, at which point it should reveal prices and launch dates for all regions. All of the devices will be controllable through FreeFlight 3, available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Update: Parrot told AppleInsider that it will be announcing North American prices and launch dates later in June.


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