Parrot unveils 13 new minidrones
Well, here’s a fun surprise! Parrot has just revealed a pile of inexpensive new minidrones, 13 in all, including one that tackles a new medium: water. That hybrid UAV/Boat is called the Hydrofoil Drone, and is joined by a couple of new ‘Jumping’ drones and a new flying model, the ‘Airborne.’ Parrot chose to reveal all these new models, which cost a maximum of €200, on its French site and nowhere else, though it recently scheduled a UK event to launch them on July 2nd. We have all the details (and videos) for the new products now, however, so let’s, um, dive in!
The Hydrofoil is the most interesting addition, since Parrot has never done a water-based product before. But it’s actually a hybrid that uses an ‘Airborne’ minidrone to power it, so let’s start with that.
The Airborne model comes in two flavors: ‘Cargo’ (€99, or around $110) and ‘Night’ (€129). Both are pretty tiny at 58 grams and controllable using Bluetooth via Parrot’s FreeFlight 3 smartphone or tablet app. Each also has an autopilot that taps a 3-axis accelerometer and gyro for control, along with a speed-measuring vertical camera that also lets you take VGA photos to a 1GB memory card (no video, unfortunately). Charging time is 25 minutes with 9 minutes of autonomy, and you can cruise at up to 11mph while doing "aerobatic" maneuvers including loops and flips.