Parrot, a French wireless device maker, unveiled its smartphone-controlled Bebop Drone today. The Bebop Drone is a follow-up to Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0. It sports a 14-megapixel full HD fish-eye camera and is controllable by any iOS or Android-based smartphone or tablet.
The fish-eye camera allows the drone a 180-degree FOV as it shoots video and snaps photos.
One of the coolest features is what Parrot calls “extreme sensations.” If you have one of the Oculus Rift dev kits you can strap on the headset and control the drone’s camera with your head movements. Now that sounds awesome.
“With Bebop Drone, Parrot demonstrates its technological expertise and confirms its commitment to the civil drone market,” the company said in a news release. Parrot also describes the Bebop Drone as a “super high-tech leisure quadricopter with features of a professional one.”
No pricing details were announced, but the Bebop is set for release in the fourth quarter.
An accessory controller will also be available later this year when it launches. It comes with four antennas that help extend the flight range to up to 2 kilometers. Battery life could be an issue though for longer flights as it lasts just 12 minutes.
The drone industry has blown up in recent years. Drone usage in disaster areas have given us incredible footage of recent tornado and flood disasters right after they happen. No more do we have to wait for a news helicopter to get up in the air. Now, everyday people can toss-up drones and give us near-instant aerial footage.
Check out the drone footage below following a devastating tornado that ripped through Arkansas in late April.
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