Introduction: What Is Parrot?
Parrot SA is a trendy and respected electronics and technology brand that was founded in Paris in 1994 by Christine/M De Tourvel, Jean-Pierre Talvard and Henri Seydoux. While Parrot is now widely recognized as one of the go-to drone brands, it wasn’t until 2010 (16 years after the company’s founding) that they released their first drone model (the AR Drone). Until this point, the company focused on other areas of Bluetooth technology with its first project being a product called Voicemate. Voicemate was a virtual assistant designed to aid the blind in keeping up with the increasingly rapid innovations in visual technology. Soon after their first drone release, Parrot SA invested into a few pre-established drone companies and decided to focus solely on drones from then on.
Parrot soon came out with the AR Drone 2.0, which boasted safer flying, better control in high winds, and longer flight distance (the first AR Drone could only be flown about 6m before the pilot was risking damage to the device!). It was the 2014 AR Drone 3.0 however, which brought with it the real innovation, the SkyController, which allowed drone pilots to fly their drones up to 2km (1.24mi) away from themselves! Since then, Parrot has continued to amuse and amaze people all over the world. From a small startup company in Paris to a worldwide sensation, Parrot SA is a brilliant example of incredibly intelligent minds coming together to achieve great things.
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Here’s a video of the Parrot Bebop 2. An example of one of Parrot’s product. If you’re in search of Parrot drones, then you might want to take a look.
That was stunning huh?
Parrot offers many different models of drones made for skill levels ranging from an absolute beginner to professional drone pilot. They do have something for everyone! Similarly, Parrot drone’s skill sets vary from model to model, meaning you can always find something to get the job done (even if that ‘job’ is to be a toy for your niece or nephew!).
Parrot Anafi By far the most powerful and expensive drone that Parrot offers, the Parrot Anafi is equipped with a 4K camera that can rotate up to 180o to get a perfect shot in every situation and all the latest AI technology to ensure that you never have to worry about crashing your precious drone.
What impressed me personally was the “Follow Me” program that it has built-in. This allows you to move around and perform activities while the drone follows you and keeps you in its beautifully high definition lense. In the advertisements for this feature, a man can be seen riding a bike along the side of a mountain as his drone flies alongside him and takes live footage. It is truly amazing how far technology has come. My first drone could only be operated a few meters away from my person before immediately dropping out of the sky. The Parrot Anafi is about 3-4 times more expensive than the other drones on this list, but if you’re serious about drone photography, you won’t regret your purchase.
Parrot Mambo FPV. The Parrot Mambo FPV (First-Person-View) comes with a camera that is mountable to the top of the Mambo as well as a VR-like headset that you can wear while flying the drone to experience the flight as if you are inside the machine. I have personally tried FPV drone flight before, and when the drone is being flown at extremely high speeds and altitudes, it can be exhilarating.
The man piloting the drone that I was connected to in the First-Person Viewer was an ex-fighter pilot, so it would be safe to say that he knew how to fly an aircraft. He pulled lots of crazy sharp turns and flips while showing me the technology and it wasn’t long after he had started flying that I had to take the headset off and be helped to the soft grass beneath me before I threw up. FPV drone flight is an adrenaline-fuelled experience that is great for pilots, ex-pilots, or anyone else interested in flying real aircraft. … be careful out there guys.
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The Kids/Casual Pilots:
Parrot Mambo Code The Parrot Mambo Code is an excellent toy for new drone pilots and children to use, and it does an excellent job at teaching primary programming languages in the process! The drone is run on a program called “Tynker” that resembles a popular children’s coding language “Scratch,” but from what I can tell it is still able to be piloted with classic drone controls if you ever wish to switch from the coding lessons.
From what I can see so far, (I’m not a part of the education system, so I have not been shown the actual bundles or pricing that is reserved for them) Parrot offers packages that exempt orders from extra tax/GST payments.
Pros and Cons:
- Beginner Friendly
- Large range of options, suitable for any budget
- Great opportunities for educational use, including a computer programming pack that allows you to code your drone’s actions
- A range of intuitive features such as the “Follow Me” program, that does, well, just that!
- Classroom support for the Mambo Code
- While I have not tested this myself, many review sites say that Parrot has terrible customer support
On the whole, Parrot is a great company and a household name for anyone interested in the world of portable aviation.