Parrot Drones Invade Land, Water and Sky
Parrot has unleashed an army of mini drones to conquer land, water, and sky. The water-capable drones have been dubbed the Hydrofoil Drones, while the new airborne models will be called Cargo and Night. The company will also unveil a series of jumping drones called Night and Race Drones. The 13 new models will go on sale in July 2015, and the drone kit will cost no more than $300. Some of the following drones appear to be kid-friendly – at least for older children.
Hydrofoil Water Drone
The aquatic 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. The drone-powered boat is available in Orak and Newz models for about $190 each.
The Airborne drone comes in two versions — Night and Cargo. Night drones have wide-angle LEDs on the front that make it possible to fly in the dark. The Airborne Cargo drone comes with a small Lego-style attachment on the top where you can plug in an included figurine. Priced around $110.00, the Night model has LED headlights and is capable of Morse code signals while the Cargo model can carry small items like LEGO bricks. The three Airborne Night drones are called Blaze, SWAT and Mc Clane. Airborne Cargo has two in the range, Travis and Mars, and two hydrofoil models, the Orak and News.
Parrot’s jumping drones come with two wheels able to hit 32-inch jumps in height or length. These have cameras for live video capture on the 4GB memory card. Thanks to a built-in microphone you can even scare people in other rooms using the drones. There are three Jumping Night drones, the Diesel, Buzz and Marshall. The Jumping Race drones, are named Max, Tuk-Tuk and Jett.
All of these cool minidrones are controlled using the Parrot FreeFlight app on Android and iOS and will soon be available in the US. For older kids, these colorful new minidrones may be a top Christmas toy.
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