Parrot Bebop Drone, the ultra-light drone with a full HD camera digitally stabilised on its 3-axis!

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Parrot Bebop Drone, the ultra-light drone with a  full HD camera digitally stabilised on its 3-axis!

With Bebop Drone, Parrot demonstrates its technological expertise and confirms its commitment to the civil drone market. The Bebop Drone is a super-high-tech leisure quadricopter with features similar to those of a professional one!

Equipped with a 14 megapixel fish-eye camera, the Parrot Bebop Drone takes images and video of the world in a 180° field with remarkable image quality. Featuring a fully digital technology of image stabilisation, the Bebop Drone captures video despite the movements inherent in aerial footage.

The combination of numerous sensors gives it impressive stability and great maneuverability when piloting with a smartphone or a tablet.
The use of the lastest Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO and  four ceramic antennas 2.4GHz and 5GHz ensures an unequalled reach.

For even more extreme piloting experiences, the Parrot Bebop Drone can be piloted with an optional controller compatible with FPV glasses.

Parrot expands its range of leisure drones with the Bebop Drone that takes professional-quality images.

A 180° vision

Parrot Bebop Drone is equipped with a 14 megapixel fisheye-lens front-facing camera that records video in Full HD (1080p x 1920p) and streams live immersive views of the flight to the screen of the piloting Smartphone or tablet. The pilot can control the angle of the camera simply with his thumb, directly from the piloting application. The shifting on a 180° angle is fully digital.

Thanks to algorithms developed by Parrot engineers, the Bebop Drone benefits from an exclusive 3-axis image stabilisation system that maintains the angle of the view steady, regardless of the inclination of the drone and movement caused by turbulence.

The camera of the Parrot Bebop Drone is mounted on an ingenious structure with rubber shock absorbers that cushion vibrations. The images taken by the Bebop Drone are digitally treated thanks to the Parrot P7 Dual core processor, its GPU and a proprietaryImage Signal Processor. The landscapes are captured on the 8Gb flash memory of the Parrot Bebop Drone  with  stunning precision and sharpness.

After  landing the drone, videos (MP4 format) and photos (JPEG and DNG formats) can be transferred onto the piloting device or a computer via Wi-Fi or the embedded micro-USB connector.

Astounding stability

The Parrot Bebop Drone is piloted via Wi-Fi through a free application available for iOS and Android Smartphones and tablets.
To guarantee optimal stability of the quadricopter, without compromising maneuverability, the Bebop Drone integrates data coming from numerous sensors:

o        One 3-axis accelerometer
o        One 3-axis gyroscope
o        One 3-axis magnetometer
o        One ultrasound with a reach up to 8 meters
o        One pressure sensor
o        One vertical camera

A  MIMO Wi-Fi connection
The Parrot Bebop Drone  is equipped with 4 Wi-Fi antennas so it can manage the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies in MIMO (Multiple Inputs Multiple Outputs) format.
The Wi-Fi liaison uses the latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac.
Depending on network interference, the pilot can select the frequency of their choice.

The Bebop Drone integrates a GNSS chipset that associates the GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO data. The Bebop Drone  is capable of autonomous flight and automatic return to the take-off position. The BebopDrone automatically records the data of each flight to the  Parrot cloud: “Pilot Academy”.

A featherweight of high technologies

About 50 engineers, specialising in digital signal processing, aeronautics, Wi-Fi radio and industrial design, worked on the development of the Parrot Bebop Drone,  a high performing high-tech jewel weighing 380g without its hull (400g with the hull) and enabling indoor and outdoor flights without the risks linked to the weight of more imposing drones.

1.        Mother board (Parrot P7 dual core CPU and quad core GPU – 8GB flash memory – All are fixed on a magnesium shelf that acts as an electromagnetic shielding and as a radiator.)
2.        Fisheye lens (6 optical elements – 14 megapixels sensor)
3.        Brushless outrunner engines
4.        Glass fibre reinforced (15%) ABS structure
5.        Three-blade propellers in Polycarbonate with fast disassembly system
6.        Inertial measurement unit (GPS+Glonass+Galileo – 3-axis accelerometer – 3-axis gyroscope – 3-axis magnetometer – pressure sensor)

7.        Wi-Fi MIMO antennas (2 double-set of ceramic antennas for 2.4 and 5 GHz)
8.        Vertical stabilisation camera (Every 16 miliseconds, an image of the ground is taken and compared to the previous one to determine the speed of the Bebop Drone)
9.        Ultrasound sensor (Analyses the flight altitude up to 8 metres)
10.        Hull in EPP (Clips and unclip easily, to adapt to indoor and outdoor flight – Protects the propellers against potential bumps. Can be removed to reduce wind resistance  )
11.        Anti-vibration rubbers

Freeflight 3.0: An ultra intuitive application

The Parrot Bebop Drone comes with a free piloting application, FreeFlight3.0, for iOS and Android Smartphones and tablets. The ergonomics of the application have been developed to offer  perfect ease-of-use and to let the pilot focusing on the pleasure of flying. On the welcome screen, the pilot accesses the ground functionalities: Piloting, photos/videos, flight plan, Cloud ‘Pilot Academy’.

When the ‘take off’ button is touched, the Parrot Bebop Drone starts its engines, takes off, stabilises and awaits the pilot’s instructions. The left thumb activates a virtual joystick that enables control of the altitude of the drone, its rotation and movements while tilting the smartphone/tablet, to indicate the direction: forward, backward, left, right.  The right thumb enables control of the angle of tilt of the front camera while flying.

A ‘flight plan’ piloting mode enables the pilot to program an autonomous flight, using the functionalities of the GNSS chipset. When the ‘landing’ button is touched, the Parrot Bebop Drone lands smoothly. A ‘Return Home’ button makes the Bebop Drone come back to its take-off position, guided by GPS.

Skycontroller: fly further, higher*

To benefit from a more powerful Wi-Fi connection, Parrot will offer the  Skycontroller as an option.

Equipped with an amplified Wi-Fi radio and 4 antennas, the Parrot Skycontroller extend the Wi-Fi range up to 2 kilometers.

The piloting Smartphone or tablet is fixed on a shelf that is compatible with the vast majority of tablets available in the market.
The pilot takes the helm of the drone via 2 joysticks.

For even more extreme flight experiences, it is possible to connect FPV (First Person View) glasses to the Parrot Skycontroller with the HDMI plug. Then, leaning the head will position the camera of the Bebop Drone!

*Expert pilots and beginners should take the helm of leisure drones in a responsible manner and in respect of the local rules and regulations.

Parrot Bebop Drone technical data
−        CPU Dual core A9
−        Linux
−        Open source SDK
−        Wi-Fi:
·     Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
·     Wi-Fi MIMO 2.4 and 5GHz
·     26dBm
−        GNSS : GPS+Glonass+Galileo
−        Inertial unit: Gyroscope, Acelerometer, Magnetometer, Altimeter, Ultrasound, Vertical camera.
−        Battery : Lithium Polymere 1200mAh
−        Flight time: Around 12 minutes
−        Compatibility: iOS and Android  Smartphones/tablets
−        Weight: 380g without the hull – 400g with the
−        hull
−        Dimensions:
·     28x32x3.6 cm without the hull
·     33x38x3.6 cm with the hull
−        Parrot Skycontroller technical data
−        Android 4.2
−        Wi-Fi:
·     Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n up to 36dBm
·     Antennas directives range up to 2kilometres
·     Wi-Fi MIMO 2.4 and 5GHz
·     Second chipset Wi-Fi to connect to a  tablet
−        GPS
−        USB, HDMI extensions
−        Sun-visor included
−        Weight: 450g

Sun-visor included

The Parrot Bebop Drone and Parrot Skycontroller will be available in Q4, 2014
MSRP: TBA

ABOUT PARROT
Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot creates, develops and markets advanced consumer technology products for Smartphones and tablets
Parrot also offers the most extensive range of hands-free communication systems on the market for cars. Its globally recognised expertise in the fields of mobile connectivity and multimedia around Smartphones has positioned Parrot as a key player of in-car infotainment.
Additionally, Parrot designs high-end wireless multimedia products dedicated to sound, and explores new possibilities with Bluetooth Smart technologies.
Finally, Parrot is expanding on the UAV market with the Parrot AR.Drone, the first quadricopter piloted via Wi-Fi and also with new solutions to address the UAV market for professional use.
Parrot, headquartered in Paris, currently employs more than 850 people worldwide and generates the majority of its sales overseas.
Parrot is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris since 2006. (FR0004038263 – PARRO)
For more information: www.parrot.com

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