Sneak peak of Parrot's amazing new "Bebop" drone

Yesterday at the sUSB Expo in San Francisco, we were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the new Parrot Bebop drone (AKA AR.Drone 3.0), which will be formally announced tomorrow at the AUVSI conference. Above is Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux at the controls.

This thing is amazing. It's a full GPS-guided drone, with a similar tablet/phone control as the original Parrot AR.Drone. But the big difference is that it now has a GoPro-quality camera with digital stabilization.  That means that it has no gimbal, but is able to achieve the same effect entirely in software. I tried it and it was spectacular -- with nearly 180 degrees of stabilization range, acting just like a gimbal but without the mechanical complexity, size and weight.  This means that you can get a much lighter, cheaper and smaller vehicle. Software eats the world!

The vehicle also has a special long-range radio and antenna combination to extend the WiFi range far beyond that of the original AR.Drone.  And it's designed for outdoors use, unlike the AR.Drone. No pricing announced yet, but at first look, Parrot has a real winner with this one.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 11, 2014 at 11:10am

I was amazed that nobody asked questions about it when Henri showed it in his last slide. Did Patrick say it was off limits?

I have the press release and am bound by an NDA!


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Comment by Roberto Navoni on May 11, 2014 at 11:42am

wow it's very nice a lot similar of our 250 x micro drone ... build in last month.

also the prop saver is better of old one ... 

Comment by Craig Issod on May 11, 2014 at 11:59am

Game changer, IMHO, in the lower price range (assuming it sells for about $400-$500)

Comment by Patrick Egan on May 11, 2014 at 12:13pm

I tweeted photos of it live from the Expo

Comment by Gary McCray on May 11, 2014 at 12:30pm

Does anybody know if it still has a geared brushed motor or have they gone brushless yet?


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Comment by Antonius Lourenço Kasbergen on May 11, 2014 at 2:40pm

Very nice! Real time digital stabilization is good enough for FPV but not for quality filming because the image crop that can really big sometimes.

Comment by Quadrocopter on May 11, 2014 at 2:41pm

I like it :-)

It looks brushless to me.

With only 12 minute flights, i would of thought with all that research and development they could of stretched it to at least 20 minutes.....


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Comment by Ted Van Slyck on May 11, 2014 at 3:57pm

I would love to get my hands on the camera and ditch my brushless gimbal if the technology really works well. 

Comment by Scott Penrose on May 11, 2014 at 4:38pm

I use a separate camera for FPV vs Gimbal video. The idea of changing just the FPV camera is nice. Although not certain, having the FPV connected to the frame gives me better feeling for flying. What I really want is improved quality - my 2.4 and 5.8GHz video are pretty poor still.

Comment by Thomas Robinson on May 11, 2014 at 5:59pm

Outdoors? Probably only in winds less than 5 knots. That said, it looks like a good package that is doing exactly what it is intended to do, very well! It looks really interesting and I wish them well!

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