Parrot’s Newest Drone Packs A Serious Camera, Extreme Range | TechCrunch
Say hello to Bebop, aka the AR Drone 3.0. This is the latest drone from Parrot and its a big upgrade from the much-loved AR Drone. Sticking out of the center of the small drone is a 14 MP camera with a fisheye lens.
Sticking out of the center of the small drone is a 14 MP camera with a fisheye lens. This setup, along with some nifty software tricks, allows the drone to capture silky-smooth video — the video can even pan and tilt while the drone hovers.
Like previous AR Drones, connectivity is achieved through Wi-Fi and the Bebop has four antennas and can ride on 2.4GHz and 5Ghz frequencies. Still, range through Wi-Fiis limited to, well, the range of Wi-Fi. The Bebop can do much more.
Along with the Bebop, Parrot is introducing the Skycontroller that extends the Bebop’s range to 2 kilometers. The tablet or smartphone used to control the drone just mounts in the middle of the controller. Using an assortment of antennas and boosters, the controller boosts the controlling tablet’s signal by 36dBm.
If that’s not enough, the Skycontoller can also output the field of view streamed from the drone to an Oculus Rift. You become the Bebop. Early reports state there is a bit of lag.
I have the previous AR Drone and it’s fantastic. This new one looks incredible, but combine it with the ability to hook it up to your Oculus Rift and you have a real winner. I can’t wait to try this out when it’s released.