Parrot Debuts Smartphone-Controlled UAV with HD Camera


Paris-based Parrot is expanding in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market with the Parrot Bebop Drone, an ultralight UAV with a full high-definition, vertical stabilization camera.

Parrot says it is the first quadcopter piloted via Wi-Fi – accessed through a free app on iOs and Android devices. Equipped with four Wi-Fi antennae and a 14-megapixel fish-eye camera, the device takes videos and pictures in a 180-degree field.

The drone has sensors to give it better stability and maneuverability when being piloted with a smartphone or a tablet, where live immersive views of the flight can be streamed. It can also be piloted with an optional controller compatible with FPV glasses.

The Parrot Bebop Drone uses a three-axis image stabilization system that maintains a fixed angle of the view, regardless of the inclination of the drone and movement caused by turbulence. The device weighs in at 380 grams without its hull, and 400 grams with the hull.

After the drone lands, videos (MP4 format) and photos (JPEG and DNG formats) can be transferred onto the piloting device or a computer via Wi-Fi or via the embedded micro-USB connector.

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