The news is abuzz with the usefulness of drones and the fine line they can also cross in terms of privacy. From Amazon.com getting ready to start using drones to deliver packages to MiniDrone toys controlled by smartphones, an increasing number of people are expressing interest in having a drone of their own. Serving as collector items and extreme fun for tech-related hobbyists, the market is booming with new models of drones for all ages. Would you ever gift one?
Despite published accounts of drone users pushing the limits, not all drones are used for spying purposes…let’s take a look at the line of products that Parrot puts out – filled with technologically advanced toys that blend robotics and creative play. Controlled by a smartphone app and equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities, Parrot is ready to impress with a handful of new MiniDrones that accommodate ground, air and water movement.
To get an idea of the next Christmas gift or birthday present you give with a ‘wow’ factor, consider the following:
Parrot Jumping Drones
Parrot’s line of jumping drones can spin around, jump, roll upside down, push or hit an object, and perform other programmed actions that make entertaining, maneuverable use possible. In addition to an embedded camera, these drones also have embedded speaker and walkie-talkie features which make communication possible. Another cool feature is that the drones can jump up to 2 ½ feet in height and length…and will always land on its wheels. Although the battery life for these types of drones is 20 minutes, a quick charge only takes 25 minutes.
These drones also have 4GB of flash memory.
Two new additions include:
- The Jumping ‘Night’ Drone: Using the FreeFlight 3 application, users can turn on and adjust a set of impressive LED lights to create a MiniDrone that can “see in the dark.” These drones have the ability to patrol the outdoors, and conduct video reports (even when it’s dark outside).
- The Jumping ‘Race’ Drone: For those who enjoy racing cars, perhaps a MiniDrone equipped with quick acceleration; two large retractable wheels that accommodate all driving styles; and the capability to reach bursts of speed clocking in at 6-8 miles per hour would make an ideal gift.
Parrot Airborne Drones
Dubbed ‘flying acrobatic robots,’ Parrot has enhanced the capabilities of airborne drones with their Airborne ‘Night’ and Airborne ‘Cargo’ models. These lovelies are capable of executing mid-air stunts, and are sure to put on quite a show. Both are flyable in the indoors and outdoors. With an average battery life of 9 minutes without hull (and easily rechargeable within 25 minutes), these drones can reach maximum speeds of 11 miles per hour.
1GB of flash memory is included for the following options:
- The ‘Night’ is constructed to fly during the day, as well as in the nighttime. It’s equipped with two powerful LED lights where users can adjust the intensity.
- The ‘Cargo’ is especially made for those who’d like to use their drone to transport items, such as LEGO figurines, toy bricks and other small items. As you can see, there is a little LEGO-compatible nib on the top of the craft. You may consider this gift idea for someone interested in making a MiniDrone movie.
And, not all drones are for the ground and sky…
Parrot’s Hydrofoil Drone
The Hydrofoil is a small quadcopter that attaches to a boat body made out of foam and plastic. When powered, the copter propels the boat forward across water. When the Hydrofoil reaches its top speed of 6 miles per hour, the craft actually rises two inches so that it can skim the surface of the water. It’s definitely a sight to see and fun gift idea for a water enthusiast. Users can control the Hydrofoil via Bluetooth at a range up to 80 feet.
The Hydrofoil can be controlled via Bluetooth at a range of up to 80 feet, and also operates as a stand-alone quadcopter that reaches speeds of 11 miles per hour. 1GB of flash memory is included.