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Parrot Disco is a winged drone that looks like a stealth bomber

by Brandon Russell | January 5, 2016January 5, 2016 6:00 pm PDT

Parrot brought a brand new drone to CES, but it’s unlike anything we’ve seen from the company thus far. Rather than the typical four rotor design, the Disco ditches drone convention for the look of a stealth bomber. I mean, the thing looks mean. But watch the video above, and you’ll see that it’s just a really expensive toy.

Parrot claims the Disco is the first drone in its lineup that anyone can easily pilot, which I really hope isn’t just an empty promise. For as fun as drones are, they’re not exactly easy to just pick up and fly. The Disco, however, will be “ready-to-fly” thanks to its design; just mount the wings, chuck it into the air, and it’ll start piloting on its own. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Users can pilot the Disco with the Skycontroller, or the Flight Plan app. The video above best illustrates the drone’s capabilities. Anything you’ve seen a drone do, the Disco can do as well. It might not be quite as nimble as other drones already on the market, but if you’re looking to get beautiful moving shoots over a pristine landscape, the Disco is a great solution.

To make flying even easier, there are autopilot features, the ability to set GPS waypoints, and a “loiter” mode, which will orbit the Disco around a point of interest (that’s not threatening at all).

Below are the major specs you should know about. Parrot says it’s hoping to introduce the Disco sometime later this year, though no exact date or price was revealed.

  • Front nose camera FullHD 1080P
  • First person view thanks to live video stream
  • Lightweight and robust design to ease maneuverability
  • Automatic take-off and landing thanks to ground sensors
  • Easy to pilot thanks to assisted flying modes
  • Flight time around 45 minutes
  • Waypoints with Flight Plan (* in-app purchase)
  • GPS return home
  • Extended Wi-Fi range with Parrot Skycontroller
  • Detachable wings for easy transport
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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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