Parrot MiniDrones 2015

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

Hydrofoil Drone Boat - Parrot

Hydrofoil Drone Boat – Parrot

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.

Airborne Drones

Blaze Airborne Night Drone - Parrot

Blaze Airborne Night Drone – Parrot

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.

Jumping Drones

Marshall Jumping Night Drone

Marshall Jumping Night Drone

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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3DR Solo Drone

Solo is the ultimate tool for dronogaphy. 3D Robotics has unveiled a new drone designed specifically for shooting aerial video. The Solo drone can autonomously fly itself along a predetermined flightpath, allowing you to focus on panning, tilting and zooming the camera to grab the perfect shot. Its built-in computers offer “Smart Shots” programs for automated, professional-level cinematography.

3DR Solo Drone

3DR Solo Drone

The Solo drone is full of amazing tools to automate and simplify shooting. The 3DR drone will be sold as an open platform, allowing hackers to play with the hardware and software. 3DR’s control app gives Solo a range of different flight options including Cable Cam mode, and Orbit Mode. Specs include a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor in the drone as well as an identical processor in the controller. The smart drone also features 3DRs new Pixhawk 2 autopilot, which will fly the drone back to its launch point.

The Solo alone weighs 1500 grams; with the attached Gimbal and GoPro, the total weight comes to 1800 grams. The worlds first smart drone provides up to 20 minutes of flying time, and features a Wi-Fi range of up to one-half mile. Live video from the GoPro in flight can be streamed wirelessly to an iOS or Android device.

Solo is set to hit stores in May, and will go for $999 for just the drone, and $1,399 with the camera gimbal.

Read More: Phantom 3 Quadcopter

Phantom 3 Quadcopter

DJI has unveiled the Phantom 3, a live-streaming drone that integrates with YouTube Live to stream aerial footage in near real time. Easy to fly and technologically advanced, the Phantom 3 comes packed with a 4K camera with 12 megapixel imaging – perfect for dronography.

Phantom 3 by DJI

Phantom 3 by DJI

The read-to-fly quadcopter comes in two models: Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced. The main difference is the camera. The Professional version shoots 4K footage at 30 fps, while the Advanced shoots at 1920 x 1080 resolution at up to 60 fps. The Professional costs $1250, or $1350 packaged with an extra battery. The Advanced costs just $1000 or $1100 with an extra battery.

The Phantom 3 also comes bundled with DJI’s Lightbridge system. DJI has upgraded its in-app editing feature called Director. The new editing drone app will help users put together short films of their best footage that they can then post directly to social media streams like Facebook and Twitter and even live stream directly to YouTube.

DJI is known as the “Apple” of drones, has been instrumental in bringing drones into mainstream consciousness. The Phantom 3 takes the look and feel of big-budget professional image capture and puts it in the palm of your hand.

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DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter With 4k Camera

DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal

Capture 4K video and take 12-megapixel still photos from the air with the DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter. Showcased recently at CES 2015, the Inspire 1 handheld camera mount is intended to let Inspire 1 owners use a single camera both for aerial shots, while shooting by hand on the ground. This ready-to-fly prosumer system is perfect for dronography!

DJI Inspire 1 Drone

DJI Inspire 1 Drone

DJI’s new Inspire 1 features a high-definition camera which hangs a few inches underneath its body, allowing it to capture an unobstructed picture in any direction. The RTF drone can be operated by two remote controls — one to control flight, and the other to control the camera. Inspire 1 is gimbal-mounted which allows users to remotely pan and tilt, and automatically keeps the camera level as the quadcopter itself tips back and forth.

This ready-to-fly(RTF) drone kit includes the Inspire 1 along with gimbal and camera, a transmitter, a flight battery, a battery charger, and a tablet holder that mounts on the transmitter.

The Inspire 1 is priced around $3,000, and is ideal for professional photographers and videographers. The integrated camera and 3-Axis gimbal Inspire 1 is a ready-to-fly system perfect for aerial filmmaking and flies well indoors.

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Hobby Drones for Christmas 2015

New Drones for Christmas 2015

Drones for Christmas 2015

Drones for Christmas 2015

The Christmas season is nearly upon us. Yes, Christmas comes earlier every year, and it’s time you accept it! But there’s absolutely no need to fret. There’s a whole wide range of amazing new technological wonders that will make excellent stocking stuffers come December. So, why put off shopping now when you can get the jump on the season and put a happy smile on your husband’s, son’s, or even daughter’s face?

One of the most amazing new gadgets that is currently sweeping like wild fire across the culture of the civilized world is the small, compact flying drone. Sure, we’ve all seen the news on television about drones being used in highly sensitive combat operations. But there is so much more to this rapidly developing new technology. Dronography is a fast paced, exciting branch of scientific wizardry that is rapidly reshaping the way we think about photography, motion picture making, and so much more.

Some of the best drone kit models are coming directly from the Parrot company. These new models, such as the Parrot Mini drone, Rolling Spider, Bebop drone and Jumping Sumo. The 3dr Solo Drone and the Phantom 3 Quadcopter are popular drone models for 2015. Everywhere you look, drones are swooping through the air and changing the way we view the world around us.

So, if purchasing hobby drones for Christmas 2015 is an idea that tickles your fancy, why not indulge it? Your loved ones will appreciate a gift that’s on the cutting edge of technology, one which enables them to fly high on the wings of their imagination. Drones for kids in 2015 are another new tech trend on the horizon!

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AirDog Sports Drone

The AirDog sports drone is an automated drone kit specifically made for extreme sports enthusiasts. Designed by Helico Aerospace Industries, this drone is the ultimate GoPro accessory capable of capturing action shots and dronography of people while they are surfing a monster wave, snowboarding down a steep hill, or kite-surfing through choppy waters.

AirDog Action Drone

AirDog Action Drone

Unlike other camera drones on the market, the AirDog is small, portable, agile, and easy to carry. The intelligent device comes with AirDog’s smartphone application and the AirLeash, a signal tracker that works with the AirDog drone to communicate the user’s position in the water or on the slope. Once the AirDog calibrates the user’s position, the drone points the GoPro at the individual who is wearing the AirLeash.

The AirDog sports drone takes off and lands on its own accord, giving you the flexibility you need to perform a gravity-defying snowboard trick or radical skateboard maneuver. Helico Aerospace’s engineering team created this autonomous flight capability after spending many months tinkering with intelligent flight algorithms. The AirDog can also be controlled manually or used as a handheld camera.

AirDog’s mobile application is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

Helico is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to receive public funding for this unique auto-follow smart drone.

Read More: Hexo+ Autonomous Drone

Hexo+ Autonomous Drone

Meet the HEXO+ the autonomous aerial camera – perfect for enthusiastic movie makers and action sports lovers!

The HEXO+, a drone is designed to autonomously follow you with a video camera for the sake of getting incredible aerial footage for your dronography projects. The HEXO+ will sync a drone pilot, a cameraman and a rider.

Founder Xavier de le Rue holds a HEXO+ drone.

Founder Xavier de le Rue holds a HEXO+ drone.

The autonomous drone can follow you by itself, with no pilot or cameraman needed. The drone operates by tracking your iPhone, communicating with it using a protocol called MAVLink (micro air vehicle link). A smartphone app lets you tell the drone how to frame the shot relative to your body, and all that’s left to do after that is speed off on your motorcycle or snowboard.

Simply put, the Hexo+ is just a drone that comes equipped with an autonomous flight controller, but it’s that flight controller, and the software that make this drone kit different from the rest.

The HEXO+ is priced at $499 if you own a GoPro camera, or $699 if you need both the craft and camera. The project is currently listed in KickStarter — where it has raised over $160,000 — with an estimated shipment date of May 2015.

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Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider

Rolling Spider Drone Review

Parrot Rolling Spider Drone

Parrot Rolling Spider Drone

The brand new Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider flying drone has caused quite a stir in the world of portable drone kit enthusiasts. Its compact size and ease of assembly have made it an instant favorite with model makers and flying drone lovers all over the world. It is also the perfect gift to give to kids and teens in order to develop a healthy fascination with the emerging science of dronography.

The Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider is noted for its amazing agility. This rolling mini-quad has the ability to adapt to conditions both indoors and outdoors with equal aplomb. The spider drone is a compact flying drone that rips through the air, flips and thanks to its removable wheels, rolls from floor to ceiling.

The Parrot mini drone is one of the surest, most reliable drone flyers currently available on the market place, and one of the few that can achieve a full vertical take off. It is specially equipped with a built in ultrasound that will analyze flight altitude at a distance of up to 4 meters. After this height has been achieved, a precision engineered pressure sensor takes over in order to control the drone. Simply put, if you’re searching for the ultimate in quadcopter efficiency, the Parrot MiniDrone deserves to be at the top of your 2015 wish list.

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Parrot’s Bebop Drone is Your Fisheye in the Sky

Parrot has unveiled the new Bebop drone kit designed for both indoor and outdoor flying. The new Parrot Bebop Drone (AR.Drone 3.0) features a full HD video camera, built-in GPS, image-stabilizing sensors and Oculus Rift compatibility.

Parrot Bebop Drone

Above: Parrot Bebop with kid pilot
Image Credit: Parrot

Parrot’s third generation drone uses a 14-megapixel fisheye camera that records in full HD. The recorded video can be viewed in real-time on a smartphone or tablet, which is used to control the drone with an iOS or Android app.

The Bebop also offers a range-boosting Skycontroller. This device holds the tablet and acts as a Wi-Fi relay, boosting the tablet’s signal by 36dBm and expanding the drone’s range out to 2 kilometers – the Bebop UAV has a flight time of 12 minutes and is designed for aerial photos and videos – perfect for droneography!

Drone footage can be viewed in real time on a phone, tablet, HDTV or virtual reality headset such as Oculus Rift for a drone’s eye view.

If ever the Bebop’s propellers come in contact with anything, they automatically stop spinning. They’re also now made of a softer plastic to do much less damage with whatever they do come in contact with.

Both devices are slated for release sometime in the fourth quarter of the year—right in time for the 2015 holiday shopping season.

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Parrot Mini Drone

Parrot Mini Drone

Lightweight and Fun to Operate

Parrot Mini Drone

Parrot Mini Drone

If you are looking to take your drone to places that it has never been before, then the all-new Parrot Mini Drone may just be the perfect drone for you. The new offering from Parrot, the French GPS maker turned drone manufacturer, is a spin-off of the company’s popular AR model and it comes in at an astounding one tenth the size of the original, larger version. While the drone kit’s size limits the amount of weight it can hold and the drone does not come with a camera, it does offer a set of removable wheels that will help you take your drone to places that were previously thought unimaginable.

You will enjoy rolling along walls, floors and ceilings with a signal from your mobile phone to your drone kit via low power Bluetooth versus the WiFi option of the original. The rolling drone is flight operational at the push of a button. The Parrot Mini Drone’s wheels can be raised remotely for flights operations. With this dual functionality, the Parrot Mini Drone is likely to find many fans who demand a smaller drone with unique capabilities. The tiny UAV is so compact that you could actually fit one into the pocket of your jeans, if the need presented itself and you may be able to launch it without detection. The acrobatic actions of the Parrot Mini Drone are fascinating and should keep drone enthusiasts excited for many hours of flight and ground operations.

The Parrot Mini Drone was unveiled along with the Parrot Jumping Sumo Drone at CES 2014.

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