The French drone development company has announced during a press event held in San Francisco this Tuesday that the Parrot Bebop 2 drone is scheduled for a December release.
Parrot SA is well known for its drone manufacturing having released a number of both professional and users-friendly drones, its latest creation being the more stable and sturdier Bebop 2.
The Bebop 2 sports a more user-friendly nature than its previous installment, the Bebop, mostly due to its longer flight time period and more rough design. By focusing more on the drone’s software, the design team was able to strip away more sensible parts from the drone, giving it sturdier propellers and a more bulky body, making it capable of withstanding winds of up to 40 mph.
By doing this, the company hopes to attract drone hobbyists around the globe who might be scared that the slightest bump will cause them to lose the drone completely. Considering that remote controlled drones are becoming more popular with each passing year, the Bebop 2 will most likely be a sought after piece of technology by both hobbyists and filmmakers alike.
The drone has 14 megapixel camera situated in its beak and can achieve speeds of up to 33 feet per second at a maximum height of 330 feet. Its flight time has been increased to 25 minutes, making it one of the most fuel efficient drones to this date, without increasing its weight. This drone is one of the lightest drones that can achieve this flight time, weighing around 17.6 ounces.
The on board memory of the drone is 8GB and its flight parameters, distance travelled and battery life are stored in an on-board flight recorder.
The Bebop 2 can be controlled by either IPhone or Android devices but it also comes with the option of purchasing a Skycontroller which bumps the price with an additional 250$. By using this controller, users can bump the distance travelled to almost 6,561 feet from the point of origin, six times further when compared to IPhone or Android controls.
The Skycontroller also supports VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, making users capable of seeing through the drones eyes from a first-person perspective. But considering that the Oculus Rift will likely be released next year, this added benefit will come later rather than sooner, making some enthusiasts wait when considering the purchase of the Bebop 2.
The news that the Parrot Bebop 2 drone is scheduled for a December release, on the 14th, with the price starting from 550$, 800$ if you want to buy the Skycontroller as well, might make this product a viable Christmas gift for either drone enthusiasts or just filmmakers who want to add a bird’s eye view of their shot.