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Parrot takes to the water with a new hydrofoil drone

Parrot takes to the water with...
The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil consists of a hydrofoil body and a detachable aerial drone
The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil consists of a hydrofoil body and a detachable aerial drone
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The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil will be available in August priced at US$179, in a choice of two designs
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The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil will be available in August priced at US$179, in a choice of two designs
The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil consists of a hydrofoil body and a detachable aerial drone
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The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil consists of a hydrofoil body and a detachable aerial drone
The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil reaches a top speed of 5.4 knots (6 mph or 10 km/h)
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The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil reaches a top speed of 5.4 knots (6 mph or 10 km/h)

Parrot is already known for its drones that fly through the air and roll/jump along the ground, but until now the French company hasn't had much to do with the water. That'll change next month, however, when Parrot releases its Minidrone Hydrofoil.

The new product consists of two components – a main unpowered hydrofoil body, and a Parrot aerial Minidrone that can be attached to its deck via a hinged mount. When the Minidrone is fired up, instead of going straight up into the air as it would ordinarily, it pivots to sit perpendicular to the watercraft, turning it into a miniature fan boat.

The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil reaches a top speed of 5.4 knots (6 mph or 10 km/h)
The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil reaches a top speed of 5.4 knots (6 mph or 10 km/h)

As the boat gains speed, its hull rises up out of the water, supported by its three foils. This hydrodynamic configuration reportedly allows it to reach a top speed of 5.4 knots (6 mph or 10 km/h), and to execute sharp turns without tipping. It's controlled via Bluetooth using a free iOS/Android app, up to a range of 20 m/65 ft.

Power is supplied by a 550-mAh lithium-polymer battery, which should provide seven minutes of use per charge. As an added bonus, the Minidrone itself can be removed and flown normally, using its built-in camera to record 640 x 480 VGA video.

The Parrot Minidrone Hydrofoil will be available in August priced at US$179, in a choice of two designs. It can be seen in action, in the video below.

Source: Parrot via Popular Science


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5 comments
denier
How much does it cost if it tips over ?
DroneVideoStreams
That is a good invention. Drone technology is breaking the records of advancement in flying technology.
Martin Hone
Might work okay in a swimming pool or dam, but not much else....
mediabeing
Parrot has, briefly, I hope, lost its mind.
AJT7
Boggles the mind! Lotsa brains, $ et al. Pre-production test models, final testing, surveys(?), major video production for above presentation and then this failure piece of noneness on my screen! Parrot could've save big time if they just enquired from the toy paying public, like Denier (below) who hit the precision first and final nail in this thing's coffin, if it will work or not. Simple.