Parrot announced the release of it's latest Bebop drone earlier this week, and boy does it look oh so delicious. Every man-child's dream, this little piece of hardware is expected to be launched sometime December.
The third in Parrot's line of Augmented Reality Drones, the Bebop has a 1080p 14MP HD camera with a double-axis 180 degree field of view capability. Pack a Parrot P7 dual-core CPU, quad-core GPU and 8 GB of memory and you have quite the ultra-hobby device. The Bebop also generates it's own 802.11n WiFi, interfacing with your smartphone/tablet controller from up to 300 metres away.
Add to that, the Parrot Skycontroller. This doohickey is a WiFi booster, tablet dock and joystick control all in one. Use the brace to attach the Skycontroller to your waist, dock your controller of choice, and then use the joysticks for precision flying. The Skycontroller also increases the controller range from 300 metres to a glorious 2 km. The Bebop also comes with it's own GPS navigation. allowing you to plot a course or order it to return to your controller location at the click of a button.
But that's not all. The Skycontroller also interfaces with First-Person-View cameras (FPV), to give you that truly immersive experience. The only downside of this device seems to be that it has a flight time of about 11 minutes on a 90-minute-long full charge. Thankfully, that's nothing that can't be fixed with extra battery packs.
The Bebop will retail for a cool US $499 and the bundle with the Skycontroller will set you back US $999.