Parrot releases the new Bebop Drone with Oculus Rift support
Camera drones have been a huge hit, and are quiet useful for photographers and videographers to offer a new perspective, within a low budget. Parrot is one popular company amongst the drone maker which recently launched their AR Drone 3.0 which is called Bebop.
Sporting a rather unique design, at the center of this quadcopter the company has installed its 14 megapixel camera and the fisheye lens. With the help of some clever proprietary software tricks, the drone is capable of capturing images at an impressive 180-degree field of view.
Using a unique system it is further able to keep the angle of view stable regardless of how much the drone is affected by wind, vibration or any other such factors which shake the camera.
Just like its previous variants, the Bebop features Wi-Fi connectivity at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, which is all thanks to its four antennas. As Wi-Fi does limit its flying distance, a new device has been introduced alongside the Bebop to fix this shortcoming.
This new gadget is called the Skycontroller, this remote controller attaches to a mobile device which helps extend the drone’s range to 2 kilometers. The Skycontroller is further capable to output live video feed to an Oculus Rift, giving you a birds-eye view before capturing the images.
One downside is that the flight time on this is very limited, clocking in at just 12 minutes. We hope that over time, Parrot will focus on the battery like over other impressive features.
Parrot is yet to release the official pricing and availability details for the Bebop. It is expected to be a more than $1000 Phantom rigs and might arrive in the market in the fourth quarter of this year.