Parrot pulled the covers off its developmental fixed-wing drone — the Disco — as part of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016’s Unveiled event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Monday.
Reminding everyone that it introduced the very first consumer drone six years ago at CES 2010, Parrot came full circle Monday afternoon, showing off the Disco, its fixed-wing drone, which is being molded to be powered by a single propeller in the back of the aircraft. Quite impressive.
Parrot envisions this fixed-wing unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) to come right out the box, “easy to fly” and “ready to fly,” as a company rep tells Tech Times. The developmental drone could be controlled via a smartphone, tablet or special hardware controller made by Parrot.
But it gets better than that, considering the developmental drone features an HD fisheye camera lens, capable of 1080p output, embedded into the aircraft’s nose. That and it might have stuck it to its competitor DJI and its new drone, the Phantom 3 Professional, which was also released just a few booths away at the same Unveiled event.
That’s because, while a rep for DJI boasted that the Phantom 3 is capable of giving pilots 25 minutes of flight time off a single charge, a rep for Parrot claimed that the developmental Disco is aiming to deliver 45 minutes of flying time.
That being said, it’s only in development, while the Phantom 3 has fully launched … with an equipped 4K video camera.
With the Federal Aviation Administration recently laying down the gauntlet for drone regulations, it seems as if DJI and Parrot are trying to make it easier for inexperienced pilots to take the skies.