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Parrot launches drone with 14MP camera and 180-degree fisheye lens

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Parrot, the maker of the popular AR Drone 2.0, has launched a new model, the AR Drone 3.0. It also flies under the name Bebop. The Bebop is essentially a flying camera with four rotors. The camera comes with an F2.2 fisheye lens with a 180-degree field of view and a 14MP sensor. No information on sensor size has been given yet.

It also appears the Bebop uses a system similar to the electronic video stabilization we've seen in some recent smartphones. It captures a larger image than it needs, crops it, and uses the "surplus" areas of the video for stabilization and to allow for  electronic panning and tilting. This means the bebop can record smooth video even on bumpy flights and makes it more lightweight with fewer moving parts than more traditional drones that use gimbal rigs.

The Skycontroller expands the bebop's range to 2km.
Video can stream directly to an Oculus Rift 3D virtual reality headset.

Like previous models, the Bebop is controlled from your phone to which it connects via Wi-Fi. For those who cannot live with the limited range of Wi-Fi, Parrot has also introduced the Skycontroller. This device uses various antennas and signal boosters to extend the Bebop’s range to two kilometers. The tablet or smartphone you use to control the drone attaches to it. An additional feature allows you to stream the Bebop's video straight to an Oculus Rift 3D virtual reality headset. This essentially allows you to see through the Bebop camera. Maximum flying time is 12 minutes.

The bebop records full-HD video and writes it straight to the built-in 8GB flash memory. No pricing has been released yet but the Bebop is expected to cost more than $1000. It should be available in the fourth quarter of the year. 

Source: Parrot | Via: Techcrunch


  

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Total comments: 34
KAMSA

Wow Amazing, wannahave !!!!

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KAllen

The law in most countries I know of is fairly strict on what , where and when you can do with a drone. Either cheap toy or expensive Octa.
I also know of many people just looking for an excuse to report illegal flying.

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wkeller

Never really owned a shotgun before. Now's as good a time as ever, I guess.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (5 months ago)

2k is illegal in most places. FAA rules for drones are non commercial use, under 400ft agl and line of sight.

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zos xavius

Pretty sure that the 2k is range and not altitude. AFAIK, anything under 1000ft is mostly legal.

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Michael Ma

This little thing has pretty amazing dynamic range. When is the last time your beach shots looked like that in full sunlight?

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Bartlioni

Without having support for a gimbal to stabilize the image then a toy is all it can be. If you really want to get started in drone video / stills, then I recommend a DJI Phantom 2 with the HS-3D gimbal and a GoPro 3+ black edition camera. This is the combination I use for this purpose and its quite remarkable.

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Pantyhose Bandit

It needs a much longer range in terms of battery time. It's just a toy as it is.

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AlanG

This is kind of a toy that some might find useful. But flight time is not a deciding factor. Many of the really large pro aerial platforms - the kind that can carry a Red or DSLR can only fly for around 7-10 minutes before needing a battery change.

Let me give you an example of one of mine. I can fly for 10 minutes on one battery or 15 minutes on two. So doubling the battery only increases flight time 50% due to the added weight. So it is better to land and change batteries more often than fly with the added weight.

Since most of my footage involves repeating short takes a few times before moving on to the next take, this is no problem. I am not doing a 10 minute single take and the machine can fly back from even a couple hundred feet away in a few seconds.

Some applications will require longer flight times.

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MikeFairbanks

You can make your own for less, but it takes a lot of time and skill. Anyone can do it, but it might takes weeks or months. I have a friend (engineer) who made his own for about 400 (not counting the remote) and it's superior to the one shown here (and can take a decent payload). But it requires a good bit of knowledge to know which parts to order and how to program it for GPS. It can do whatever you want without even a remote. He knows how to send it up and ignore it. The copter will fly to its destination, do its job, and return home.

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AlanG

I build quads and anything decent carrying a gimbal mounted GoPro, fpv video transmission, radio system, and GPS is going to be in the $1500 - $3000 range depending on choice of components. This is not counting cost of GoPro. The DJI Vision Plus is a good deal for a ready made system with camera.

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Jon Holstein

does it feed him the video, cause that is an important bit. Without it, it's almost hopless to frame anything.

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Jogger

Its not good enough for professional use and its too expensive as a toy (which is what it is).

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rpm40

Most ferraris are sold as toys. ;)

8 upvotes
FujicaST605

Illegal to use for commercial use per the FAA

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Paul JM

Fujica, who in their right mind would consider this model for commercial use ? I am afraid your response just smells of a drone hater.

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FujicaST605

Paul JM - Jogger mentioned professional use. This by definition is commercial. The FAA has not allowed these for commercial use:

http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/uas_faq/#Qn7

BTW, I'm an RC enthusiast, not a drone hater. That's why I am familiar with the law.

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Paul JM

reread the posts mate. What are you referring to when you say 'this is be definition..commercial' ? We were not referring to any particular mode of use. Jogger mentioned commercial use, not me. Clearly this little drone is not appropriate for commercial use. And by the way, the law is different in every country. The FAA is of no interest or relevance to those of us who dont live in the USA. It is hilarious that you seem to assume that we all live there

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arrr

Neat but not for me at that price. I'd be more interested in a RC drone with a 25 minute flight time and 1# payload capacity.

Also, are these AR drones still running away?

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Andrew Elliott
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brkl

That's not an 180-degree lens.

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Artistico

It is, but it doesn't use all of it to make the video image. It crops as a way of adding digital stabilisation, panning and tilting with the extra pixels outside of the effective field of view (which isn't really mentioned in the article).

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Lars Rehm

From the article: "It captures a larger image than it needs, crops it, and uses the "surplus" areas of the video for stabilization and to allow for electronic panning and tilting. "

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Gavin Abegglen

Really a $1000 , for a toy for under $200 you could get something that can do the same and even better . For a $1000 you could something , like a DJI Phantom or Wakera QX 350 PRO, which did even more including flight time .

have to agree with :By RichRMA (2 hours ago)
Annoying, Apple-like, 20-something hipsterism.

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FocusPuller

Hilarious, snark-like, 40-something superior-ism

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Derek Dean

Not as stable looking video as I've seem from some of the larger drones with 6 or 8 motors, and I'd be curious to see how well it handles wind, but over-all, a cute little thing.

I've been following drones since they first appeared, and I love the wonderful imagery they make possible, but I'm also troubled by some of the reports I've been reading about their misuse, which I guess is inevitable with any new technology.

Still, imagine when these become the size of a bee. Hmmmm...

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alfredo_tomato

Rich, they have a target audience for that device. If they believe their customers are 20 something, then they'd be crazy to show some pot bellied man using the drone to spy on sunbathers at a nearby sorority house.

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RichRMA

Honestly, they'd sell more than someone using a $1000 toy to photograph Etch-A-Sketch level artwork. Remember, porn built the VCR...

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alfredo_tomato

They are looking for people with disposable income. That pot bellied guy would rather sit in front of his computer.

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saralecaire

Dropped the ball by not allowing the camera to point straight down... perhaps it will be sold as an optional accessory for another $500?

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RichRMA

Annoying, Apple-like, 20-something hipsterism.

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Serenity Now

What's your damage?

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Derp

That footage is amazing! The people creating the art, nice!

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Digitall

$1000,ok

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Total comments: 34
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