May 13, 2014
Parrot introduces new BeBop drone that packs HD camera and is Oculus Rift-compatible
French company Parrot that makes popular flying drones has unveiled a new model named the “BeBop” which can give its users a virtual bird’s eye view. It’s not the MiniDrone the company showed off at this year’s CES but an all new indoor/outdoor small sized quadcopter designed to be an ideal for aerial photos and videos. The new Parrot BeBop Drone, aka AR.Drone 3.0, is the company’s most feature rich and advanced drone yet and comes fitted with an HD video camera, built-in GPS, an array of image-stabilizing sensors and Oculus Rift compatibility. The camera on the drone is a 14 MP fisheye shooter that records in full HD. The recorded video can be viewed in real-time on a smartphone or tablet wirelessly, which is used to control the drone with an iOS or Android app.
The Parrot BeBop will come with an optional Skycontroller which is a giant R/C flight controller with huge antennas that can communicate with the drone from a full two kilometers away. The biggest problem with the Bebop Drone is that the battery life is limited to 12-minute flights with its included 1200mAh battery pack. Considering it would be used to capture HD films by professionals, the 12 minute flight time will be a huge let down and won’t be enough for the 2 km trip. The price of the BeBop is yet to be announced but it should hit the market by the end of the year.