Parrot reveals lightweight wingshaped drone, the Parrot Disco

Patrick O'Rourke

January 5, 2016 2:40pm

At CES 2016, Parrot showed off a new, ultra-light, wing-shaped drone the company calls the Disco. The drone’s standout feature is its impressive ability to reach a speed of 80 km/h without losing camera stability.

Beyond the above impressive bullet point, what separates the Disco from other consumer drones is the fact that Parrot claims its multiple sensors – an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer and GPS – ensure flying the arial vehicle is exceedingly easy, even for those inexperienced with remote control vehicles.

According to Parrot, the drone is able to gain altitude autonomously and automatically turns in the sky when first taking off until the user takes direct control of it. To make the flying process even easier during flight, a new autopilot feature prevents the drone from accidentally crashing.

Unlike past Parrot drone iterations, the Parrot Disco is only compatible with the company’s Skycontroller or a standard RC remote control. Past Parrot drones primarily use the company’s sometimes unresponsive mobile app to control the drones. While expensive, this will hopefully solve the connectivity issues past Parrot drones like the Bebop and Rolling Spider suffered from.

The Parrot Disco comes equipped with a 1080p front camera and also has the ability to connect via the company’s FPV glasses, giving the individual controlling the drone a first-person perspective of its flight path. According to Parrot, the Disco’s flight time clocks in at 45 minutes, significantly above the Parrot Bebop Drone 2’s 25 minutes, and the original Bebop’s 11 minutes of flight life. The Parrot Disco is slated for a release date later in the year, with a price point that has not been revealed yet.

Parrot Pott

Along with the reveal of the Disco drone, Parrot also showed off the Parrot Pot, a Wi-Fi-enabled gardener robot that measures soil moisture, fertilizer level, soil temperature, ambient temperature and light intensity. The most interesting feature included in the Parrot Pot is its 2.2L water reserve that gives users access to what amounts to a mini irrigation system. The device has the ability to automatically manage the watering of a plant and can even regulate the consumption of water for up to one month, a feature that’s perfect for extended vacations. The Parrot Pot seems like a great way to prevent yourself from accidentally killing your house plant.

The device links to Parrot’s Flower Power 2.0 mobile smartphone application. The Parrot Pot is set to be release at some point in 2016. Pricing also hasn’t been revealed.

  • EP_2012

    45 minute flight time is awesome! But I’d miss the ability to hover like their other drones can.

    • Yea, hovering is great in quadcopter drones, especially if you’re trying to get the hang of flying one. This might be the first remote control plane style aerial vehicle I can actually fly though.

    • EP_2012

      I wonder how that “up to 80 km/h” will affect the licensing of this drone. I’m sure birds of prey will love getting their claws into it!

  • greenlink23

    So it’s an RC plane

    • h2oflyer

      Exactly….why are we calling it a drone

    • I consider it a drone because it has a camera strapped to it and features autonomous flight features.

    • h2oflyer

      I guess it’s all nomenclature, model RC airplanes were airplanes and hi end military fixed wing RC airplanes were called drones.

      Then along came the quadcopter, the under $100 toys, and the more sophisticated ones carrying cameras, most without autonomous control.

      My own take on the nomenclature is to call all quadcopters “drones” and non hovering fixed wing RC aircraft as airplanes. I would agree that adding autonomous control to an airplane makes It a drone.

      I guess any aerial flying thingy without a person on board is a drone.

  • h2oflyer

    I was a pretty good stick and rudder pilot on full size, but was a lousy fixed wing RC pilot… this is probably what I always needed.