Parrot unveils 13 new drones; some see in the dark, others work on water

Parrot unveils 13 new drones; some see in the dark, others work on water

Parrot has already invaded the skies with its drones. Now, it’s now ready to sail the ocean blue.

Parrot has unveiled a slew of new drones designed to work at night, carry small items and cruise on water.

The Hydrofoil is the company’s first drone that combines a MiniDrone with, well, a hydrofoil — a structure that lifts a boat above the water. Once the MiniDrone is securely attached, it can be rotated 90 degrees upward to become a four-bladed propeller for water operation.

Like all of Parrot’s drones, the Hydrofoil is controlled via Bluetooth with a smartphone app. It can cruise at a maximum speed of 6.2 miles per hour on water for up to seven minutes; the MiniDrone itself can fly at up to 11.18 mph for up to nine minutes when detached from the boat half.

An onboard camera can take snapshots at 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution and save it to the 1GB of internal storage.

The Hydrofoil will come in two different finishes and cost about €169 (about $190) when it launches in July.

Seeing in the dark

In addition to the Hydrofoil, Parrot also has two new drones designed for night use: the Airborne Night drone and Jumping Night drone.

The Airborne Night drone has two wide-angle LED headlights that allow it to see in the dark. The lights can be configured to flash and blink. A built-in camera can record video footage at VGA resolution (yuck — I know!) and snap 30 still images per second.

The Night drone has a max speed of 11 miles per hour, can fly for nine continuous minutes without its foam hull bumpers and has a range of 164 feet. The drone has automatic stabilization to keep it steady, but it can also perform 90-degree and 180-degree acrobatic stunts .

The Jumping Night drone is basically the same drone as the Jumping Sumo drone, but with the two LED lights like the Airborne Night drone. It has a top speed of 4.34 miles per hour and can jump 2.62 feet into the air.

Cargo carriers and racers

The Airborne Cargo drone is virtually the same as the Airborne Night drone, minus the headlights. It’s got the same specs, with the exception that it can carry a small pilot figurine and other lightweight cargo (think small-sized toys and Lego minifigs).

And last but not least: the Jumping Racer drone. As its name suggests, it has the same capabilities as the Jumping Sumo drone, but it’s made for speed. Whereas the Jumping Night drone can only move at 4.34 miles per hour, the Jumping Racer drone can travel at double the speed at 8.07 miles per hour.






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