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Parrot pitches easy drone bundles at would-be DJI Spark pilots

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Easy-to-fly drones huge business these days, and Parrot is seeking to get amateur pilots off the ground sooner with a set of “Adventurer” packs. Combining two of Parrot’s most popular designs– one fixed-wing; one quadcopter– the bundles permit novice pilots to get a drone’s-eye view courtesy of a head-mounted screen. On the other hand, there’s also possible for autonomous flight.

The more affordable of the 2 bundles is constructed around the Parrot Bebop 2. That’s a quadcopter with a fixed electronic camera at the front, and Parrot tosses in a Skycontroller 2 for really utilizing it; alternatively, Parrot’s FreeFlight Pro mobile phone app can be used for more casual flights. It’ll handle as much as 25 minutes in the air on a single charge, and can reach speeds of approximately 37 mph.

The front video camera is 14-megapixels, and has a fish-eye lens for wide-angle shots. It’ll record Full HD video, too, and can beam back a live view to the Parrot Cockpitglasses: a”first-person view”headset. On the software application side, there’s an app that allows the drone to follow your phone, keeping you in the center of the frame even as you stroll, run, bike, or otherwise move around. Those who want longer airtime may want to look to the Parrot Disco Adventurer pack, however. That’s based upon the Disco fixed-wing drone, which has up to 45 minutes of airtime, and a top speed of as much as 50 miles per hour. It too comes bundled with the Skycontroller 2, for approximately 1.2 miles of variety. A 14-megapixel electronic camera on the front likewise supports Complete HD video capture, and the FPV safety glasses. Parrot packages a 2nd battery, too, for up to 90 miles of variety. On the software application side, a copy of the Flight Strategy app can be utilized to set self-governing paths: pilots can set waypoints with heading, elevation, speed, and electronic camera angle, and the Disco will automatically take off, follow that path, and after that land at a preconfigured spot.

It’s been an excellent few weeks for smarter drones. Back in May, DJI set its Glow drone loose in the skies, a relatively small brother or sister to the DJI Mavic, and which can be introduced from the palm and managed by hand-gestures. Both Parrot Traveler packages include a backpack to carry the whole set around: the

Bebop 2 gets a smaller, ergonomic pack, while the Disco gets a bigger, stiff hull bag for extra protection. The Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer bundle will be $579.99, while the Parrot Disco Adventurer bundle will be$999.99. Both will go on sale this month.

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