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Parrot, Canonical make a S.L.A.M.dunk to make drones smarter

Parrot, Canonical make a S.L.A.M.dunk to make drones smarter

Ubuntu” and “drones” are probably not two words you’ll come across often, even though both are quite popular in their respective areas. So when Parrot, one of the most famous drone makers, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, come out with a special product, it’s hard not to take notice. Painfully spelled as S.L.A.M.dunk, short for “Simultaneous Location and Mapping”, this “drone development kit” piggybacks on a drone, from Parrot preferably, like a Remora fish on shark, giving any drone some autonomous navigation capabilities of its own.

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Parrot adds Mambo and Swing minidrones to its lineup

Parrot adds Mambo and Swing minidrones to its lineup

If you're looking to jump into the world of drones but aren't too keen on the hefty up front cost some of them come with, you may want to check out the two new minidrones Parrot has announced. Dubbed the Mambo and the Swing, these two drones offer up some interesting functionality, whether you're looking to do some stunt flying or have some fun.

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Parrot DISCO fixed-wing drone with headset launches next month

Parrot DISCO fixed-wing drone with headset launches next month

The Parrot DISCO, a small drone unveiled at CES 2016 with a design at odds with just about every other consumer drone, will be available starting next month for $1,299 USD, the company has announced. Unlike most consumer drones, which sport a few rotors (quadcopters), the Parrot DISCO features a pair of wings similar to what you'd find on a large drone or an ordinary airplane. The drone teases a bunch of fun possibilities, including FPV operation via a headset and drone-mounted camera.

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Parrot Sequoia camera turns drones into flying farmers

Parrot Sequoia camera turns drones into flying farmers

Parrot's drones may be more commonly associated with casual flight, but the company is looking to be taken seriously in UAVs by courting business pilots. The French firm has cooked up a multi-camera sensor that turns a drone into a farmer's best friend, doing smart agricultural surveys that can figure out the best spots for crops and gage the health of plants from hundreds of feet above them.

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Parrot Disco drone trades propellers for wings

Parrot Disco drone trades propellers for wings

Of course we're seeing drones at CES 2016, with some being more sensational than others. Take for example Parrot's newest drone, the Disco. Here we see a deviation from Parrot's usual design. Gone are the multiple propellers that flank the drone, replaced by a single one at the back. Instead, you get a more plane-like design with fixed but removable wings that promise to add more hours and more ease of flight but perhaps at the expense of some other traits.

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Parrot Bebop 2 drone boasts 25 minute flight time

Parrot Bebop 2 drone boasts 25 minute flight time

If you've been in the market for a consumer-grade drone, then you'll be happy to hear the latest announcement from Parrot. At a press conference today, the company announced the successor to their popular Bebop drone. The newer model has a lot of the same features that we saw in the original, with some very nice improvements.

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Parrot Bebop Flight Plan launches drone on a planned route

Parrot Bebop Flight Plan launches drone on a planned route

The folks at Parrot have launched an in-app purchase for the Bebop drone by the name of Flight Plan. This software allows the drone to follow a map that you've made yourself in the app, rising, falling, and moving in any direction you do so desire. You'll tap out the locations he drone is meant to go, the height at which it's supposed to fly the route you choose, and you'll be good to go.

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PowerUp FPV: Paper plane, camera, Parrot. ‘Nuff said

PowerUp FPV: Paper plane, camera, Parrot. ‘Nuff said

Remember the days when paper planes where innocent, impromptu sources of joy and sometimes mayhem, that could carry either a love note or a ticket to detention? Well, those days are long over as today's paper planes can be armed to the teeth. Not exactly with weapons (though sometimes that too) but with cameras that can sometimes do as much damage. Taking their craft beyond version 3.0 two years ago, PowerUp FPV promises a more professional looking paper plane drone equipped with a camera for your VR pleasure.

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Parrot Zik 3 headphones add wireless charging to touch control, Bluetooth

Parrot Zik 3 headphones add wireless charging to touch control, Bluetooth

At IFA 2015 in Berlin, Parrot has announced the latest iteration of their upscale, high-tech headphones, the Zik 3. While the new model looks almost identical to last year's Zik 2, right down to the bright orange color option, the Zik 3 adds wireless charging to features list. Also sticking around are the impressive touch panel controls on the right side, noise cancellation, and wireless audio playback via Bluetooth. New colors and overstitch designs are introduced, adding to the headphones' premium look and feel.

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Parrot’s Android Auto system will not be sold to the public

Parrot’s Android Auto system will not be sold to the public

On the heels of Parrot's decision to spin off its drone business in order to focus on its automobile accessories, the French company is making yet another change, and this time one that does have a substantial effect. Rather silently, the company updated its origiinal blog post about the RNB6 Android Auto infotainment system that it first showed off at CES early this year. Backtracking on its plans to make the units available to the public, the company now reveals that it will instead sell it to car makers.

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Parrot’s drones are so popular, they’ve split off the company

Parrot’s drones are so popular, they’ve split off the company

This week Parrot's quarterly earnings call played host to an interesting tidbit of information: they're splitting their company. Not in a super major way - they're just creating a subsidiary. But a subsidiary that's dedicated entirely to drones. Instead of keeping Parrot a company that's all about car accessories and drones, they've decided to dedicate their main, original company to their original goals, while their subsidiary concentrates on the drones bit.

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Parrot’s hopping, swimming Minidrones get official for US

Parrot’s hopping, swimming Minidrones get official for US

Those mini-drones that cropped up on Parrot's French website earlier this month just became a little more official, at least for those located in North America. The company has revealed the pricing and availability for those in the United States, adding more details on to the pricing and availability we'd previously heard for the European market. The Minidrones, as Parrot calls them, include standard quadcopters, as well as a water vessel that can zoom around on water, and a land drone that features two wheels and the ability to jump up stairs and over small obstacles.

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