Parrot, the France-based company behind some of the most popular consumer drones, is on the verge of releasing a swarm of thirteen new consumer “MiniDrones”. Parrot’s MiniDrones have been on the consumer market for quite some time now, but there’s only two types — the Rolling Spider and the Jumping Sumo. However, Parrot’s new swarm of drones is bringing water drones, cargo drones, and off-road drones to the table.
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The most surprising addition to the MiniDrone collection is the Hydrofoil. Aptly named because of its ability to skid on water, the Hydrofoil “drone” is basically a micro quadcopter attached to a plastic hydrofoil. Like the other Parrot MiniDrones, Hydrofoil is app-controlled and will suffer from a subpar Bluetooth range of under 60 feet. The Hydrofoil MiniDrone comes in two different versions, and color is the only difference between the two. Each Hydrofoil MiniDrone will retail for about $112.
The second bunch of new drones includes two sets of revamped Jumping Sumos. The Jumping Sumo is a small wheeled “drone” that can roll around on the floor and hop over obstacles. It’s app-controlled like the other Rolling Spider MiniDrone, but sadly, it doesn’t fly. However, Parrot is offering two new versions of the Jumping Sumo. The first version is the “Jumping Night,” and it’s basically a Jumping Sumo with two-way audio, live streaming from the onboard 480p camera, and LEDs for nighttime drone “flying” (or driving in this case). The second version is the “Jumping Race” drone. This drone can zip around on the floor at 8 mph and jump over 2 foot obstacles thanks to its thicker wheels. Each of the Jumping Night and Jumping Race drones will retail at around $223.
Finally, the third set of MiniDrones includes three palm-sized drones similar to the Rolling Spider. One can snap on small cargo with its LEGO-like adapter, the other has LEDs for night flying, and the last one can be attach to and power the Hydrofoil. Each one will retail for around $112.
All in all, this pack of drones doesn’t seem that impressive. Parrot’s basically throwing us a bunch of semi-upgraded MiniDrones will the same specs but slightly different hardware (tires and LEDs). Though I am a bit interested in seeing how well that Hydrofoil performs. Anyways, Parrot has a bigger reveal for their new MiniDrones planned for July 2.
We’ve reached out to Parrot and will update this post with any important details.