What is New:
- For its new Jumping MiniDrone, Parrot has strengthened the jumping, has enhanced autopilot for the road and has upgraded the memory to 4GB.
- Just like the previous model, the Jumping Sumo, the new Jumping MiniDrone can record video in the integrated flash memory or streams live.
- The Jumping Night version is equipped with two powerful LED with adjustable intensity controllable from your mobile device, so you can see it at night while it is turning or jumping. The previous model did not have that particular feature.
- Additionally, you can get different design options for each model: the Buzz (mostly white), the Marshall, red and inspired from a firefighter truck, and the Diesel, dark blue and inspired from a military design.
- Equipped with a more powerful engine, the Jumping Race speeds up to 8 mph, while its sibling is limited to 4 mph.
- The Race’s wheels are larger and stronger than the Night model, to race on all kinds of terrains.
- Thanks to the embedded microphone and speaker, both Night and Race provide the ability to talk to someone through or listen to it, just like a walkie-talkie.
- Additionally, the robots themselves can produce sounds such as biiip, ziiip and more.
Specific features & Hardware
The main interest of this MiniDrone is the ability to perform automatic movements such as jump, turn fast on itself, roll upside down, push or hit an object, and race, for the Race version.
Thanks to its patented spring-mounted system, both Night and Race can jump vertically or horizontally up to 2.5 feet, and it is quite fun to get them go over or on obstacles.
All MiniDrones can be controlled over Wi-Fi 2.4 or 5 GHz via the free free-flight 3 application, from iOS or Android mobile devices.
User friendly & movements
The mobile application that controls the Parrot Jumping MiniDrones is easy to operate and quite responsive. It is easy to understand instantly how to jump on and from any obstacles.
Other movements available include turn and spinning, the latter is quite fun to try.
You can control the speed of the application and the movements as well.
I have not tried it, however, it is possible to create various lighting signals with the LEDs on the Night version.
Just like for all the other two series, Airborne and Hydrofoil, you can pre-register a road map with a series of jumps and turns in the mobile application (see photo).
According to the manufacturer, the battery last for 20 minutes, even when recording video, and can be fully charged quite fast in 25 minutes with a 2.6 mph charger, which is not provided with the Jumping MiniDrone.
Pricing and availability
The Jumping MiniDrones Night and Race will retail for $44 and will be available in the U.S.
The Night will come in three flavors; Diesel (dark blue), Buzz (white) and Marshall (Red) and the Race will offer three different designs: Max, Tuk-Tuk and Jett.
Today, numerous companies are developing flying drones for the toy industry, and the dronie will soon replace the “old school” selfie.
What is New:
- The previous version of Parrot’s flying MiniDrone was unveiled at CES 2014 alongside the Jumping Sumo.The new Airborne model features a new optimized firmware that enables 9 minutes of flying instead of the previous 5 minutes. The overall balance has been enhanced as well and now, one of the model can carry lego-like bricks that can weigh up to 14 grams.
- Leveraging its larger drone’s technology, Parrot delivers a great stability for its Airborne MiniDrone, thanks to its sensors (3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope) and its vertical camera compares, every 16 milliseconds, an image of the ground to the previous one to determine the speed of the MiniDrone. The ultrasound sensor and the pressure sensor monitor the Airborne altitude.
Specific features & Hardware
Weighing 63 grams with hull, the Parrot Airborne are flying robots piloted in Bluetooth Smart via the free FreeFlight 3 app for iOS and Android mobile devices.
The Airborne can fly up to 11 mph, turn right and left and perform 90 or 180 degrees flips, and it comes in two distinct models, the Airborne Cargo and the Airborne Night.
The Cargo can carry up to 14 grams lego-like toy bricks, and the Night features two LED lights with adjustable intensity that can be seen from 20 meters.According to Parrot, the autopilot stabilization still works in the dark.
Your MiniDrone offers three modes to help you customize your adventure. In Jumper Mode, it leaps up to 2.5 feet and still lands wheels first. In Kicker Mode, your MiniDrone uses springs to push objects out of its path. In Auto-Balance Mode, your MiniDrone remains perfectly balanced on both wheels.