Parrot launches new Parrot Mambo FPV race mini drone

Have you always wanted to try out drone racing? Well, today is your chance! Parrot, the French drone company, just launched the Parrot Mambo FPV (First Person Race) drone. It promises to be a compact, ultra-light, agile and fun to fly mini-drone, that also provides a First Person View (FPV) race experience.

We have not yet had a chance to try one ourselves but we’re hoping to do so soon and report about it here. If it is anything like the DJI Spark in sports mode that we did a first impression of earlier, it should be a lot of fun to fly.

The Parrot Mambo FPV

Let’s start with the features and specs on this new mini race drone. It comes in three different versions: the Parrot Mambo Fly, the Parrot Mambo Mission, and the Parrot Mambo FPV. See below for detailed specs and pricing information.

The first two options seem to be affordable and fun ways to get into drone flying, but if it is racing that you are after then it is the FPV package that you need. That package will offer you the Flypad, the FPV HD camera and the Cockpitglasses 2, both necessary for that real First Person View race experience.

 Apple kept it close to its chest during its financial results conference last week, but it seems the company has yet another singular success on its hands with the MacBook Air, which the company’s Form 10Q SEC filing today says was the primary driver of increased Mac net and unit sales in the quarter.

In black and white, the note (on page 26 of the report) reads: “The increases in Mac net sales and unit sales were driven primarily by sales of the new MacBook Air, introduced in January 2008, and higher sales of the iMac and other Mac portable systems.”

The report notes Mac unit growth of 51 per cent and 48 per cent in the second quarter of Q2 and first six months of 2008 respectively, observing the rate of growth strongly exceeds the industry average.

Apple’s laptop sales climbed 61 per cent, with 2.29 million Macs sold in Q2, 1.433 million of Macs sold were laptops.

While its interesting that Apple seems to have nailed the lighweight laptop category with the MacBook Air, this may be scant comfort to some early adopters of the first generation machine, with numerous complaints noting some (but not all) of these have a tendency to overheat during normal use. 

The report also notes iPod sales climbed, albeit slightly, but observes strong sales of the iPod touch, with consumers favouring that device above the purchase of the iPod shuffle.

The report also confirms research-&-development spending climbed 49 per cent, or $90 million to $273 million in Q2 08, compared to Q2 07. “The Company continues to believe that focused investments in R&D are critical to its future growth and competitive position in the marketplace and are directly related to timely development of new and enhanced products that are central to the Company’s core business strategy,” the report also explains.

 

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First Person view – Parrot Mambo FPV

Parrot advertises the Mambo FPV drone to be ideal for indoor racing, be it in the home or in the office(!). Friday afternoon drone racing at work, anybody? The Mambo drone offers 10 minutes of flying time and the HD camera provides a 120 degree viewing angle or Field of View (FOW) at 720p format. You can also use a microSD card (not included) to record photos or video. The view from the drone will be live streamed to your smartphone.

The Parrot Cockpitglasses 2

The Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 offer you that unique immersive bird’s-eye perspective and allows you to see exactly what the drone sees. Not only is this fun but for racing, this is a requirement. The Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 allow you to insert a smartphone up to 6 inches in size to provide the screen. The still wide field of view is reduced from 120 degrees to 96 degrees in this case.

…Asmundson reports that networking giant Cisco is developing software that creates a real-time link between the iPhone and your computer. The result: A user could simply aim his iPhone at his computer and "sweep" the file to it with a finger flick, sending the file to the desktop over the phone’s built in wi-fi connection.

Shazam!

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Parrot Cockpitglasses 2

The top speed of the Parrot Mambo FPS is 18mph (30km). Parrot promises the Mambo is very agile and zippy for all kinds of aerial stunts. For precision control the Mambo can be ordered with the Parrot Flypad, or without the controller the drone can be flown with the FreeFlight Mini app on your smartphone.

The Parrot Mambo is for sale right now and will start shipping this month.

Not only is the iPhone one helluva Internet browser, it is also a great camera phone.  According to Flickr, the 2 megapixel wonder is so good, it beats out the more feature packed (5 megapixel w/flash) Nokia N95 in the amount of users that upload to Flickr.  After 3G?  It isn’t even going to be funny…

More at Computerworld….

 

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Three different flight modes.

Easy mode – beginner mode with autopilot stabilizing the drone both horizontally and vertically as well as assisting in aerial maneuvers.

Drift mode – In this mode the horizontal stabilization is disconnected, allowing the drone to fly with quick precision and sharp turns.

Race mode – This is the ultimate race mode. The autopilot is completely disabled putting you in full control. You better know what you’re doing but this is where the fun is.

When you are playing on Microsoft’s field, you have to play by Microsoft’s rules….or when in Rome?

Thanks to P.E.D./ Apple 2.0 for the look

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Parrot Flypad

The various Parrot Mambo packages

Parrot Mambo Fly – $109.99 USD

  • 1 Parrot Mambo
  • 1 Set of propeller guards
  • 1 Battery
  • 1 USB/Micro USB cable
  • 1 Quick start guide

Parrot Mambo Mission – $159.99 USD

  • 1 Parrot Mambo
  • 1 Cannon
  • 1 Grabber
  • 1 Snap accessory
  • 1 Parrot Flypad
  • 1 Set of propeller guards
  • 1 Battery
  • 1 USB/Micro USB cable
  • 1 Quick start guide

Parrot Mambo FPV – $179.99 USD

  • 1 Parrot Mambo
  • 1 FPV HD camera
  • 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses 2
  • 1 Parrot Flypad
  • 1 Set of propeller guards
  • 1 Battery
  • 1 USB/Micro USB cable
  • 1 Quick start guide

The Parrot Mambo is for sale right now and will start shipping this month.

Specifications

Parrot Mambo FPV

  • Dimension with hull: 7×7 inch (180×180 mm)
  • Weight: 2.22 oz. (63 gr) without propeller guards or accessories
  • Max speed: 18 mph (30 km)
  • Flight time: 10 min

 Apple’s getting serious, planning to introduce its 3G iPhone across Europe by August, with help from its latest partner networks.

Apple’s aiming to ensure the new breed of mobile communications devices are available in quantity across Europe before August, presumably to make some sales before consumers here engage in their customary summer holidays that month.

This news emerges hot on the heels of Vodafone’s announcement today that it would sell the handset in the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy and Portugal in Europe, as well as in Australia, Egypt, India, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey, later this year.

The move to sell the iPhone in Italy also suggests Apple is departing from its practice of inking exclusive deals with individual networks, as Telecom Italia has also confirmed its intent to sell the iPhone, the current model of which is only available in Austria, Britain, France, Germany, the US and Ireland. The device is also set for sale in Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, Korea and (potentially) China and Russia, according to various reports.

Most analysts believe the next-gen iPhone will be introduced in June, timed to coincide with Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). News of an August deadline for putting the device up for sale across Europe suggests Apple may plan a phased roll-out of the device, presumably introducing it to the US first – though how the company’s existing network partners in Europe are likely to respond to this isn’t clear.

 

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Apple today confirmed overnight chatter claiming the company will make new film releases from most leading studios available for purchase through iTunes Store in the US on the same day as their DVD release.

Both new films and catalogue titles will be available from a range of studios, including 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney

Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate, Image Entertainment and First Look Studios.

We’re thrilled to bring iTunes Store customers new films for purchase day-and-date with the DVD release," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. "We think movie fans will love being able to buy their favorites from major and independent studios."

New releases available for purchase on the iTunes Store this week, concurrent with their DVD release, include ‘American Gangster’ and ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’. Other popular titles now available for purchase include ‘Juno,’ ‘Cloverfield,’ ‘I Am Legend,’ and others.

Movies are available in the US only and are $9.99 for library title purchases and $14.99 for new releases. Rentals cost $2.99 and $3.99 respectively.

 

 

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Competition

Obviously, the DJI Spark comes to mind. The Spark also offers a very fast and zippy drone experience, as we wrote about here, but more expensive at $499 (or with the flight combo package $699) and without Goggles. The Spark does offer a higher speed, a better camera, and a longer flight-time.

DJI Spark

  • Dimensions: 143×143×55 mm
  • Weight: 300 g
  • Max speed: 31 mph (50 km)
  • Flight time: 16 min

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