Since the release of the DJI Phantom 3, it is difficult to find a product in the drone market that has been more anticipated than the Parrot Disco drone. Given the horror stories with other drones; of products simply flying straight up and never being heard of or seen again, many people are hopeful that when they finally get their hands on the Parrot Disco, they will not be disappointed.
Featured at CES 2016, and a innovation award recipient, Parrot describes it as a drone anyone can simply toss in the air and easily pilot, and this is one of the reasons why many people are looking forward to owning one. The Disco has been described as a fascinating project by many. It is a small and fast ultra-light drone that can manage up to 45-minutes of flight time. It will be the first ready-to-fly drone in the market; wing shaped and can just be flown by anyone, without the need for special piloting skills.
It is the true drone, connecting to the Parrot ecosystem by using Wi-Fi connectivity and can be controlled with either the flight plan app or through the embedded GPS for way points. Parrot Disco utilizes the 3-axis stabilization that was found in the Bebop drone camera enabling it to take off and land automatically.
It also has an autopilot mode that can give the flight experience of a seasoned pilot. The Disco can also go into Loiter Mode and circulate around a specific point of interest. The prototype has the following specs:
- 1080p front nose camera
- First person view
- Detachable wings
- GPS return home
The drone is also compatible with the FV immersive glasses, giving it unbelievable speed and precision. Many of the ideal characteristics of this drone were conceived with the help of a team of SenseFly Engineers, who are great minds in industry of commercial fixed wing drones. The autopilot code, for instance, was tested at the company headquarters in Switzerland, and benefited from the several years of experience by the SenseFly engineers. The drone is expected to be in the market before the end of the 2016.