What is a Bebop Drone
Released at Nov.2014.
This is a third-generation model of the AR.Drone : world-famous high-performance quad Copter.
May 12, 2014, Parrot, Inc.(France) announced this Bebop Drone in the company's blog. Its size is slightly smaller 28 cm x 32 cm x 3.6 cm than AR.Drone. And weight is about the same 390 g with the AR.Drone. For weight reduction, the design has been reviewed. The total length of the body portion is less than half of the AR.Drone, so you can put it in the backpack and go take anywhere. 14 megapixel full HD camera mounted on the front body can shoot 4096x3072 photo and 1920x1080p videos. Like AR.Drone, it also is equipped with vertical camera in the lower body for measuring the speed and direction of movement (however, photo and video shooting is not allowed). Also, using the ultrasonic altimeter, it can measurement highly precise up to 8m. On higher altitude, using the barometer and onboard GPS (GNSS + LONASS), it will measure the position and altitude within error 2m. By the help of built-in GPS, it is also possible to return to the starting point simply touch the button. And with Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz MIMO, the maximum reach of the radio waves is increased to 300m (AR.Drone was 50m). The maximum speed is reached to 15m/sec(54km/h) (AR.Drone was 5m/s). About 11 minutes flight time is one minute shorter than the current AR.Drone. Easily removable Hull(propeller guard) comes for indoor flight.
"Extended Range Pack" is also available bundled with special controller called "Skycontroller". With this, maximum reach of radio waves is expanding to 2km. And you can control the Bebop Drone on two joysticks. Also 3DHMD (head mounted display) like Oculus Rift, Zeiss Cinemazer can be connected through HDMI cable. While watching the image of Bebop Drone camera, you can enjoy the panorama view like you are flying as a bird.
Released in November 2014, the price is USD499 (Bebop Drone with two batteries) or USD899 (with Skycontroller and three batteries). You can buy it at Amazon.com, Apple Store, BESTBUY. In July 2015, now you can buy Skycontroller alone.
Comparison with the AR.Drone 2.0
Watch on YouTube large screen Skycontroller Introduction Video
Watch on YouTube large screen
Parrot BeBop Drone
Parrot USD499.99 / Extended Range Pack USD899.99
14 megapixel Full HD 1080p "fisheye" Camera and outstanding 3-axes image stabilization Records videos and pictures in a 180° field with remarkable image quality Built-in GPS for automatic return home and high altitude flight control Piloted with Freeflight 3, an ultra-intuitive free application available on iOS, Android and Windows 8.1
(For iPad/iPad mini/iPhone/iPod touch updated to iOS 7 or later)