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Parrot MiniDrones Press Launch

Flying Toys Directors David and Janine Rawlins were delighted to attend the Parrot MiniDrones Press Launch in London on Thursday 2nd July,
 to preview 13 exciting new products, together with Neal Mead Editor of RC Rotorworld and Drone Zone magazines.

Airborne Cargo Drones

 

Airborne Night Drones

 

Jumping Race Drones

 

Jumping Night Drones

 

Hydrofoil Drones

 

      

Demonstrations took place in Vinopolis Central London all day!

The Parrot Team and Mischief PR presented all the new MiniDrones professionally to the press, and received an enthusiastic response.

The new generation of Parrot MiniDrones are available from UK Distributor Flying Toys from August!

 

Flying Toys unveils new Parrot MiniDrones range

Flying Toys directors David and Janine Rawlins have announced that a new generation of Parrot MiniDrones are arriving in August.

Following the success of the first series of Parrot MiniDrones, the UK distributor expects the new collection of 13 products to prove popular.

The toys are piloted with a smartphone or tablet via the FreeFlight 3 application. They are compatible with both iOS and Android devices and
developed with additional new capabilities.

The Airborne Cargo Drones have been customised to carry a toy pilot and can transport miniature freight.

The Airborne Night Drones include powerful white LED lights activated from the FreeFlight 3 app. During night patrols, the pilot can adjust
the intensity of the headlights and send signals.

The Jumping Race Drones are equipped with two high performance brushless electric motors and a pair of big wide wheels. They can reach
up to 8 mph by using Boost Mode, which is accessed through the FreeFlight 3 app.

Children can enter the dark with the Jumping Night Drones which can see in the dark when its powerful LED lights are activated. It can send
light signals and take complete video reports, even in dark areas.

The Hydrofoil Drones are hybrid robots which work both in the air and water. Thanks to the four propellers of the MiniDrone, the Hydrofoil
slides through the water and stays about 50cms above the surface. As the water resistance is reduced, the Hydrofoil can reach a maximum
speed of 5.4 knots (6 mph) and turn in a flash.

For further details call David Rawlins on 01702 295110, or visit www.flyingtoys.com

John Baulch - Toy World

 

New Parrot range tackles land, sea and air

The new Minidrones range brings 13 distinct, connected robots to retail this August

Parrot unveiled its new range of Minidrones at a special event in London attended by TnP yesterday. In total, 13 new drones were revealed
and will launch this August. The new range was showcased at a venue with suitably high-vaulted ceilings to demonstrate the new Airborne.
drones Jumping drones and brand new Hydrofoil drones complete the three new 'clans' which each of the new connected robots falls into.

The Jumping drones are super rovers that roll, rush, zigzag, take turns at 90° and jump up to 80cm in height and length. They can see, listen
and talk for you thanks to an embedded wide angle camera, microphone and speaker. The Jumping clan includes the Night, equipped with
two powerful LEDs with adjustable intensity to illuminate the dark, and the Race, capable of travelling at 13km/h in bursts of intense speed.

The Airborne drones are quadricopters capable of performing flips and of ripping through the air at 18km/h! The Night airborne drone can fly
by day and night thanks to two powerful controllable LEDs, and the Cargo can transport drones, capable of carrying figures or toy bricks.

The Hydrofoil drones are flying drones attached to a hydrofoil boat, which can lift out of the water and reach the speed of 5.4 knots (10km/h)!

“The success of our first Minidrones, which sold more than 600,000 units, pushed us to enlarge the family of these super high-tech toys,“ says
Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “After reinventing the helicopter and the radio-controlled car, we are today creating a new species
of drone, a super fast and unsubmersible hydrofoil.”

David Rawlins, Managing Director of Flying Toys added: "Following the success of the first series of Parrot MiniDrones, UK Distributor Flying
Toys expect the new collection of 13 products to prove extremely popular, particularly with so much interest in drones at the present time."

Rhys Thomas - Toys'n'Playthings

 

Parrot unveils 'Next generation of Connected Robots'

The firm has launched its new collection of 13 Minidrones with the ability to conquer the skies, land and water.

Parrot has unveiled its ‘next generation of connected robots’ with a collection of 13 Mini drones to conquer the skies, land and water.
The range, titled Evolution, features a cast of connected toys to be piloted with a Smartphone or tablet via the free app. The Evolution
collection made its UK debut at a launch event in London, where parrot showcased the capabilities of all 13 items.

The Jumping drones each boast the ability to roll, zigzag, turn at 90 degrees and jump up to 80cm in height and length. They can also see,
listen and communicate with their pilots, thanks to in-built speakers, microphones and wide angle camera.

Meanwhile, the Airborne range consists of the Night and the Cargo. The Night can fly both day and night thanks to its controllable LEDs,
while the Cargo has the ability to carry figures and toys.

Completing the collection, the range of Hydrofoil drones are flying drones attached to a hydrofoil boat, which can lift out of the water
and reach the speed of 5.4 knots.

“The success of our first Minidrones, which sold more than 600,000 units, pushed us to enlarge the family of these super high-tech toys”
said Henri Seyoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “After reinventing the helicopter and the radio-controlled car, we are today creating a
new species of drone, a super fast and unsubmersible hydrofoil.”

The range will be available to UK retailers via Parrot's UK Distributor, Flying Toys from August this year.

Robert Hutchins - Toy News

 

New Parrot MiniDrones

Available from Flying Toys stockists from August 2015.

Trade Enquiries Invited

 

The Flying Toys Stand at the 2015 Spring Fair

Flying Toys launch their latest new Silverlit and Parrot products at the 2015 Spring Fair.

 

A birds eye view of the 2015 Spring Fair, as seen by the Parrot Bebop Drone

The Flying Toys team were delighted to demonstrate the latest new Parrot Connected Toys on their stand at the 2015 Spring Fair,
where the sensational Jumping Sumo could be seen leaping over the brilliant Bebop Drone!...

Flying Toys Jumping Sumo leaps over Parrot Bebop Drone

 

Silverlit's sensational new products seen at the 2015 Spring Fair

Flying Toys showed a superb selection of brand new Silverlit remote control models to the trade,
whilst offering an exclusive opportunity to preview the latest singing DigiBirds and DigiFriends for 2015!

 

2015 Flying Toys Online Catalogue

Offering the latest lines from the world's leading manufacturers!

2015 Retail Price List

 

New Silverlit DigiFriends arriving in August

See the latest Silverlit videos, and choose your favourite DigiFriend family!

Presenting Silverlit's sensational singing DigiDinos, a colourful collection of interactive table top prehistoric pets, featuring several different
styles of movement, and further developing the worldwide DigiFriends phenomenon for children. The animated DigiDinos cleverly adopt the mannerisms
of real dinosaurs with captivating head, body and tail movements, whilst roaring or singing a song. Incorporating special voice recording features,
the amazing DigiDinos actually follow and play back your sound input.

Safe and easy to operate even for younger children, select single mode, and clap your hands to start the DigiDino singing. The DigiDinos perform a
selection of over fifty five pre-programmed popular melodies and songs. To enable several DigiDinos to sing a song together, select chorus mode,
and each DigiDino will automatically synchronise and follow the fascinating sound and movements of the leader like a choir.
 
Choose your favourite DigiFriend family from many different designs, including some DigiDinos special editions supplied with an individual habitat,
and an impressive adventure playset, available at additional cost. Each distinctive Silverlit DigiDino has an exclusive name and character of its own,
and comes completely ready to play with three LR44 batteries installed, for immediate operation.

Available from Flying Toys stockists from August 2015

Silverlit DigiFriends

See Flying Toys fantastic Silverlit DigiFriends collection featuring
DigiBirds, DigiChicks, DigiOwls, DigiPenguins & DigiDinos.

Trade enquiries invited

 

New generation of Parrot MiniDrones arrive this Summer

Representing an exciting new collection of 13 connected models and miniature robots, piloted with a smartphone or tablet via the FreeFlight 3 application,
these amazing new drones are ready to join the Parrot team for action on the ground, in the air and even on water! The latest Parrot MiniDrones are
Compatible with both iOS and Android devices and have a range of new capabilities.

The new generation of Parrot MiniDrones will be available from all Parrot stockists in August.
For more details contact the UK Distributor, Flying Toys via the company’s website at www.flyingtoys.com

By Neil Mead - Editor RC Rotorworld

www.rotorworld.co.uk

 

WIN WIN WIN!!!

To celebrate the launch of thier new website, Traplet Publications are giving away a superb Silverlit 2.4G Spy Cam II courtesy of Flying Toys.
In addition, ten runners-up will each receive a pair of tickets for the Drone Show 2015 courtesy of the UK Drone Show 2015.



Spy Cam II 2.4GHz

Silverlit's brilliant Spy Cam II 2.4GHz helicopter has a built in 64 MB memory and can take up to one minute of high definition
VGA video, or three hundred 1280 x 960 resolution photos whilst flying. RRP £69.99.

UK Drone Show

The UK Drone Show will be cover all aspects of the drone industry and will be the largest drone event to ever happen in the UK.
Taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham on the 5th and the 6th of December 2015, the event will feature
all the very latest aerial and terrestrial drone technology products and will focus on the safe use of drones, CAA regulations and
drone industry careers as well as top manufacturer product demonstrations and special guest speakers.

How to Enter

For your chance to win one of these great prizes simply answer the question below:

What are the four elements of The Hobby Hub?

A) Fire, Air, Earth, Water
B) Money, Health, Life, Happiness
C) Happy, Sad, Dopey, Doc

Send your answer A,B or C to: marketing@traplet.com.

Please include your Name, Address and Telephone Number. Good luck!

www.thehobbyhub.com

A new generation of Parrot MiniDrones are arriving in August!

Representing an exciting new collection of thirteen innovative connected toys and miniature robots, piloted with a Smartphone or Tablet
via the FreeFlight 3 application. Compatible with both iOS & Android devices, and developed with additional new capabilities,
these amazing drone toys are ready to join the Parrot team for action on the ground, in the air and even on water!

Parrot MiniDrones Rolling Spider & Jumping Sumo - Best of Users Videos

 

Airborne Cargo Drones

Carry out daring daylight missions with the Parrot Airborne Cargo Drones!

The Airborne Cargo Drones have been cleverly customised to carry a toy pilot, and can transport miniature
freight like toy building blocks, for additional adventures and fun.

Suggested Retail Price: £79.99 including VAT

 

Airborne Night Drones

Embark on an expedition with the Parrot Airborne Night Drones!

Thanks to their powerful white LED lights, activated from the FreeFlight 3 application, the Airborne Night Drones can explore
the shadows of darkness. During night patrols, the pilot can adjust the intensity of the Airborne Night Drone's headlights
and send signals, in common with their terrestrial Jumping Drones counterparts. 

Suggested Retail Price: £99.99 including VAT

 

Jumping Race Drones

Challenge the clock with the Parrot Jumping Race Drones!

Equipped with two high performance brushless electric motors and a pair of big wide wheels for perfect traction, the Jumping Race Drones
reach up to 8 mph by using Boost Mode, which is accessed through the FreeFlight 3 application. The two large retractable
wheels adapt to different driving styles, wheels open for greater stability in high speed that's perfect for smooth roads,
and compact wheels to increase agility and drive through narrow gaps, for guaranteed thrills!

Suggested Retail Price: £159.99 including VAT

 

Jumping Night Drones

Enter the dark with the Jumping Night Drones!

The Jumping Night Drones can actually see in the dark, you just have to activate the powerful LED lights using the FreeFlight 3
application and adjust the intensity. The Jumping Night Drones can send light signals to indicate that the coast is clear,
or give notice of danger. They can also patrol and take complete video reports, even in dark areas.

Suggested Retail Price: £159.99 including VAT

 

Hydrofoil Drones

Parrot Hydrofoil Drones, remarkable hybrid robots uniting air and water!

Start the MiniDrones engines, and the hinged top section of the Hydrofoil, becomes upright on the nautical structure.
Thanks to the four propellers of the MiniDrone, the Hydrofoil slides through the water and stays about 50cms above the surface with amazing
stability and agility. As the water resistance is reduced, the Hydrofoil can reach a maximum speed of 5.4 knots (6 mph) and turn in a flash without capsizing.
The MiniDrone can be separated from the Hydrofoil's 32cm hull, to fly through the air at up to 11 mph, and perform amazing aerial acrobatics on command.

Suggested Retail Price: £139.99 including VAT

Suitable for operation with compatible iOS & Android Smartphones and Tablets. (Not included)

Trade enquiries invited

The new generation of Parrot MiniDrones are available from UK Distributor Flying Toys from August!

 

 

Kids in Control

Flying Toys best seller for the first half of 2015 has undoubtedly been the brilliant Parrot Bebop Drone, acclaimed as the ultimate flying camera.
Latest development, the Bebop Drone Skycontroller will be available separately soon, allowing pilots to fly the Bebop with a Smartphone or Tablet,
and buy this sophisticated operating system later if they prefer.

Always attracting attention wherever it’s flown, the amazing Aerotron-RC Flying Man continues to prove popular,
allowing youngsters to choose their favourite Superhero in red, orange or blue.

Silverlit High Flyers

UK distributers for the leading Silverlit range of remote control models for more than ten years, Flying Toys offer a wide selection of ready to fly helicopters,
including many with special features. The popular Spy Cam-2 and Sky Eye both feature video cameras, whilst the Heli Express has a winch, the Heli Blaster
and Air Cannon fire rockets, and Heli Splash sprays water. The Heli Transbot transforms from a robot into a helicopter, the Heli Beast will walk along the
ground before becoming a flying dinosaur, and Heli Combat combines a rescue mission, with firing missiles and dropping spinning discs.

New for 2015, Silverlit have introduced their third generation of Guinness World Records ‘Smallest remote control helicopter’ the Nano Falcon XS with,
realistic and metallic options. Continuing this trend for tiny flying toys, Silverlit have added the 2.4GHz Nano Xcopter, and innovative Spy Cam Nano,
that cleverly fits inside its transmitter transforming it into a camera, as well all taking pictures and video while flying.

Read the full feature in July Toys'n'Playthings online now!

 

What is the Parrot Skycontroller - Simply the best way to pilot your Bebop Drone!

The Parrot Bebop Drone is a fantastic high tech leisure quadricopter, offering all the features of a professional one. Equipped with a powerful 14 megapixels
fisheye camera, the Bebop Drone takes video and pictures of the world in a 180° field with remarkable image quality. Endowed with the fully digital technology
of 3-axis image stabilisation, the Bebop Drone captures perfect 1080 pixels high definition video, despite the movements inherent in aerial photography.


Parrot Skycontroller available in Red, Yellow or Blue

Control the angle of the camera directly from the piloting application with a simple movement of the thumb, as the shifting on the 180° angle is fully
digital and independent from the Drone's movements. The combination of numerous sensors provides impressive stability, plus great
manoeuvrability, when piloted with a Smartphone or a Tablet.


     

Increase your flight range up to 2km - Improve flight control of the Parrot Bebop Drone with the use of 2 ultra-precise joysticks

The Bebop Drone can also be piloted with the Parrot Skycontroller if you prefer, that may now be purchased separately. With the Parrot Skycontroller,
the piloting device is fixed on a shelf that will accommodate the vast majority of Smartphones and Tablets available on the market. Equipped with an
amplified Wi-Fi 36 dBm radio with four antennas, the Parrot Skycontroller extends the Wi-Fi range up to 2kms, subject to local regulations.
The Parrot Bebop Drone generates the latest Wi-Fi network with 2.4 and 5GHz antennas. Depending on network interference,
you can select the frequency of your choice, for indoor use in the UK.
 

     

Control the 180° Fisheye camera - Live a new and immersive experience with FPV glasses (Not included)

With the Skycontroller, take control of the drone via two ultra precise joysticks, the top right stick lets you control the angle of the camera within a 180°
field, and the top left stick enables you to navigate the app in first person view mode. Parrot continually strive to provide pilots with a comprehensive FPV
experience, and the FreeFlight 3.0 App and Skycontroller are currently compatible with FPV glasses fitted with an HDMI input, for example the Zeiss Cinemizer
and Sony Personal Viewer, plus many more soon. Once connected, your head movements will position the camera of the Bebop Drone!

Available for sale separately from Flying Toys stockists now!

1 x Parrot Skycontroller for Bebop Drone.
2 x Parrot 1200mAh Lithium Polymer Batteries.
1 x Parrot Bebop Drone Mains Charger with International Adapters.
Parrot Bebop Drone and compatible Smartphone or Tablet required for operation (Not included)

Suggested Retail Price £399.99 including VAT

 

On Test - The Parrot Bebop Drone

Parrot has launched the new Bebop Drone in the UK its most advanced drone yet,
which is also available with a new Wi-Fi extender, the Parrot Skycontroller.

Written by RC Rotorworld Editor Neil Mead

Parrot Skycontroller

For those who prefer physical controls instead of just using touch, Parrot has designed the new Skycontroller. This is an RC-like remote
control equipped with a Wi-Fi amplifier which provides an even more powerful Wi-Fi connection to fly with and an extended range of up to.
2km It gives you two sticks for piloting, discrete controls for the camera, a button for taking off and landing and one for emergency motor cut-off,
status lights for the battery of the Bebop and the controller, a return-to-home button, and you can wirelessly pair a tablet or phone with it for first
person view (FPV) flying, or you can display a map instead of the camera video feedback to see the position of your Parrot Bebop Drone.

Rotorworld Verdict

The Bebop is certainly a different proposition to the original Parrot AR.Drone. It’s still a good RTF option, but it’s moved upmarket looking
to appeal to aerial photography prosumers. It is well made and feature packed and is a lot of fun to fly. The fish-eye HD camera delivers nice
results thanks to the damped stabilisation system and built in image processing software. Despite facing increasing competition, the Bebop does
a good job of carrying on the Parrot drone family legacy by offering a good quality product that feels good, looks right and performs well.
It is more expensive than its predecessors, but it does have a lot of new and improved features which justify the extra cost. Add to that
the backing of the Parrot marketing machine and great support and spares backup, and the Bebop is sure to be another big seller.

See the full Bebop Drone feature in July RC Rotorworld

 

The Parrot Bebop Drone

Nigel Cartwright takes a look at the new Parrot Bebop and Skycontroller Combo for Model Helicopter World,
with pictures by Sam Cartwright.

Bebop Drone

It doesn’t seem that long ago that a quadrotor or drone was something of a novelty item. It certainly seemed like that when I
attended the UK launch of the original Parrot AR Drone in 2010 but as we all know, the world is now full of drones of all shapes and sizes.
The AR.Drone has sold in big numbers, and continues to do so, but the march of technology waits for no one, so it was inevitable that a
successor would eventually appear. In May 2014, members of the trade press were invited to Florida for the big announcement, the Bebop
Drone and Skycontroller. While the Bebop was announced in May, it’s taken until December for the first products to reach users’ hands.
We have been lucky enough to obtain one of the first off the boat via David Rawlins at Flying Toys Limited,
who kindly got it to my door on Christmas Eve. Thanks David!

The Images

Having collected your video and stills, you need to extract them from the Bebop’s memory. This can be done either via the WiFi link into
the tablet, or the much faster method is by plugging the included USB lead into the port on the back of the airframe and downloading direct
to your PC or Mac. The videos are 1920 x 1080p and are crisp and clear. The still pictures can be shot in either JPEG or RAW,
JPEGs show some compression artefacts, but at 4096 x 3072 pixels these aren’t a problem – the RAW files are very crisp.

The Sky Controller

I found flying with the Skycontroller much easier than just using the tablet, the sticks are more precise and the camera is easier to
point and control. On top of that, the more reliable WiFi link makes framing pictures and video much more accurate. It’s quite a big piece
of kit, but the neckstrap makes it comfortable to use. The Parrot Bebop is entering a market its competitors have been present in for quite
a long time. The Bebop’s easy to use control software and the unique Skycontroller will appeal to many, not least the huge customer base that
currently fly the AR Drone. It’s a top quality machine, it’s easy and fun to fly, and takes good quality pictures and video - what more could you want?
The Parrot Bebop is available from Parrot dealers for a RRP of £429.99 for the Bebop (with two batteries) on its own ready to fly
with a tablet or phone, and £769.99 for a combo with the Skycontroller (with three batteries): MHW

Read the full Bebop Drone Product Review in the May edition of Model Helicopter World

 

Bebop in Flight

Parrot's latest camera drone takes to the skies to capture impressive aerial images.
Radio Control Model World Editor Kevin Krozier takes the Parrot Bebop Drone outside to continue his detailed product review.
In the last issue we introduced you to the new Parrot Bebop drone. However, our outdoor flight-testing was limited due to bad weather.
Since then we have been out and about with this small four bladed multicopter to see what it offers for budding aerial photographers.

Sky Controller

From an R/C modeller’s point of view one of the most exciting aspects of the Bebop is the provision of the Skycontroller transmitter,
which makes the whole experience much more akin to flying an R/C model. Previous Parrot drones had to be flown using the Free Flight
app on a smartphone or tablet. This was not a hardship, and it proved to be quite easy once the basic principles had been digested
and practiced in an open space. Indeed, the Bebop can also be flown this way too, tilting the smart device in the direction that you
want the drone to travel. But we much prefer the R/C style stick units of the Skycontroller to guide our model when flying it outdoors.

Flight, Camera, Action!

All the clever control mixing and GPS positioning that makes the Bebop so easy to fly also ensures that it’s a stable camera platform
too. But even the best control systems can only react to wind gusts, and so the drone needs to make constant adjustments to maintain its
position and altitude. With less well equipped aerial platforms this means that the camera makes constant small movements too. But the
Bebop has another trick up its sleeve, which is that the camera also has a 3-axis stabilisation system so the images remain level and
stable regardless of any small movements made by the drone.

We have thoroughly enjoyed testing the Bebop drone. And flying it with the distinctive Skycontroller makes it all the more enjoyable
thanks to its R/C style controls. The video footage is clear and remarkably stable, even when taken during quite windy conditions when
the drone is being buffeted by gusts. We were also impressed by the way that the horizon was kept level, even when the Bebop was leaning
into the wind. And it is good to be able to use the camera joystick on the Skycontroller to finely tune the view from the camera whilst
leaving the drone in a stable hover.

Overall we have found the Bebop and Skycontroller combination to be fun and engaging to use. It’s also much simpler to set up that some
other camera drones we have tested, so you should be up and filming in no time – weather permitting!

See the full ten page Parrot Bebop Drone review in April and May Radio Control Model World!

 

Toys'n'Playthings Gets Interactive

As children encounter technology at ever earlier ages, they almost demand tech toys.
I am sure this will be a growing area in the coming years

Tom Mullen - Silverlit Toys

Silverlit's sensational DigiChicks available for delivery now!

Silverlit's brilliant singing DigiBirds are a colourful collection of interactive tweeting table top pets,
that have become a worldwide phenomenon for children.

Flying Toys are delighted to announce a special limited edition available from Easter 2015, comprising six
new Silverlit DigiChicks with captivating wing, body and beak movements, whilst tweeting or singing a song.

Safe and easy to operate even for younger children, select single mode, and blow directly onto the DigiChick
to start it tweeting. Start the DigiChick singing by simply blowing the whistle, conveniently built into a ring.

The animated DigiChicks will perform a selection of over 30 pre-programmed popular melodies. To enable several DigiChicks
to sing a song together, select chorus mode, and each DigiChick will automatically synchronise and follow the sound and
movements of the leader like a choir.

Choose your favourite DigiChick from six cheeky baby bird designs. Each special Silverlit DigiChick has an exclusive name
and character of its own, and comes completely ready to play with three LR44 batteries, plus a whistle ring.

Suggested Retail Price £9.99 each including VAT.

Further new DigiFriends will be progressively added to the Silverlit DigiBirds range during the year,
featuring DigiPenguins, DigiOwls and DigiDinos.

Silverlit DigiChicks TV Commercial

 

Parrot Bebop Drone Tested by Radio Control Drone Zone Editor Neil Mead

French company Parrot is an expert and pioneer in consumer quadcopters, having been at the forefront of drone development
since launching the original AR.Drone back in 2010 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,
along with demonstrations of the iOS applications used to control it.

First Impressions

If you opt for the more expensive Skycontroller kit, the Bebop is supplied in quite a large and well illustrated box.
Open it up and the Bebop is neatly and safely nestled in specially shaped cardboard packaging. Lift out the drone and the
Skycontroller can be found sitting underneath. Going back to the drone itself and the first thing you notice when you take
it out of the packaging is just how light it is. Despite having a much better camera and more sophisticated electronics,
the fuselage is slimmer and the overall weight is less. It’s also available in three colours: red, blue and yellow.

New Features

The Bebop does look like a more sophisticated and professional product than its predecessors and includes higher end features
that are sure to attract new and experienced pilots. These include its camera which is a step up from the one found on previous
models, with an f2.2 fish eye lens with a 180 degree angle of view and a 14 megapixel sensor. It can capture video at 1080p full
HD resolution, the AR.Drone 2.0 is limited to 720p. Video is recorded to the Bebop’s 8GB of internal storage in MP4 format.

Skycontroller

For those who prefer physical controls instead of just using touch, Parrot has designed the new Skycontroller. This is an RC like
remote control equipped with a Wi-Fi amplifier which provides an even more powerful Wi-Fi connection to fly with and an extended
range of up to 2km. It gives you two sticks for piloting, discrete controls for the camera, a button for taking off and landing and one
for emergency motor cut off, status lights for the battery of the Bebop and the controller, a return to home button and you can
wirelessly pair a tablet or phone with it for first person view flying.

Flight Test

Once connected, set up and locked onto the GPS, the Bebop is ready for take off which is achieved by simply pushing a button.
The rotors spin up fast and the Bebop lifts off and up to it’s preset hover height very quickly and the first thing that strikes
you is just how noisy the Bebop is and how much of a draught it causes, this is certainly one powerful machine.

Taking the Bebop outside, we opted to use the Skycontroller which has real joystick controls for a more connected and responsive flying
experience. Flying outside the Bebop is stable and resists both knocks and the wind buffeting it, returning to its original position pretty
sharply and accurately. Using the Sky Controller the Bebop responds quickly and always feels under control in all conditions.

Camera Performance

The Bebop has a 14MP fish eye camera mounted on the front, which Parrot claims can record stabilised video without the need for a physical gimbal.
Instead, the Bebop has an on board GPU that performs digital stabilisation on the video, cropping a 1080p video from the 14MP feed. This also allows
you to pan and look around using the Bebop flight app, with up to 180 degrees of view. Videos and photos are stored on the 8GB of onboard flash, and
can be transferred off over Wi-Fi or USB. Both the still and video image results were very good from the Bebob. Driving the camera is a little easier
when using the Skycontroller as it has dedicated joysticks for the job as well as record and shutter buttons.

The Verdict

The Bebop is certainly a different proposition to the original Parrot AR.Drone. It’s still a good RTF option, but it’s moved upmarket looking to
appeal to aerial photography prosumers. It is well made and feature packed and is a lot of fun to fly. It is light, powerful, fast and manoeuvrable.

The fish eye HD camera delivers nice results thanks to the damped stabilisation system and built in image processing software. Despite facing increasing
competition, the Bebop does a good job of carrying on the Parrot drone family legacy by offering a good quality product that feels good, looks right
and performs well. It is more expensive than its predecessors, but it does have a lot of new and improved features which justify the extra cost.
Add to that the backing of the Parrot marketing machine and great support and spares backup and the Bebop is sure to be another big seller.

Read the full Parrot Bebop Drone feature in the first edition of Radio Control Drone Zone!

 

Parrot Bebop Drone

Radio Control Model World Editor Kevin Krozier takes Parrot's latest Quadcopter for a spin!

I have been fortunate to fly pretty much every quadcopter that the innovative technology company, Parrot S.A., have produced,
starting with the original AR.Drone and finishing late last year with the diminutive Rolling Spider. All have flown exceptionally well,
and all are controlled by a smart device (phone or tablet) rather than a traditional R/C transmitter. The most intuitive way to operate
them is by using the smart device’s on-board accelerometer, tilting it to move the drone sideways or back and forth. Parrot have
sensibly decided that it would be wise to offer their latest quadcopter, the funkily named ‘Bebop’ with an R/C style controller too.

Besides the convenience of R/C style stick operation and the extended range, the Skycontroller also features a small joystick built into
the top of the right hand grip with which it is possible to control the orientation of the fisheye camera, effectively giving you pan and tilt control,
whilst the Bebop remains in the same orientation during flight. A similar small joystick on the left hand grip allows navigation of the Free Flight 3
app when the Bebop is used in FPV mode. The Skycontroller is currently compatible with Sony and Zeiss Cinemizer FPV glasses.

Flying the Bebop using the Skycontroller is simplicity itself thanks to all that clever mixing of the individual motors.
After pressing the Take Off button it will hover by itself, leaving you to explore using the sticks to control the direction of the drone.
If you have flown an R/C helicopter before then you will have no trouble piloting the Bebop. And if you’ve only ever flown planes before,
you will find it easy too as the model will hover by itself as you make small stick movements to explore the effects of each control in turn.
So far my test flying has been limited to indoors, with just one flight outside due to windy weather conditions. Next time I hope to
have had a good chance to flight test the Bebop and I will report back with more about its aerial photography capabilities.

See the full Bebop Drone features in April & May Radio Control Model World!

 

Parrot's Bebop Drone & Skycontroller

This latest drone from Parrot is completely dedicated to its high-definition camera and uses a tablet or smartphone to view.
Quiet & Electric Flight International's Editor Tony Van Geffen asked specialist Andrew Robinson to put it to the test.

One area of flying that appears to be catching the public’s imagination more than anything else is drones, and more specifically camera drones.
Parrot have already made an excellent unit in the AR.Drone 2.0, but have now released the Bebop, which features big upgrades in CPU performance.
The camera, as well as video and flying stability, being aimed squarely at the upper end of the ‘in the box’ hobbyist market.

Control is designed to be via a Smartphone/Tablet application, “Free Flight 3” which is available for Android, iOS and Windows phone.
The additional Skycontroller provides high precision analogue dual axis joysticks, FPV connectivity, extended range,
and most importantly a safe secure holder for your mobile device.

The package was delivered in a single, large box with two layers, the first being the Bebop Drone, and the second the Skycontroller.
The Bebop comes with two 1200 mAh batteries, a mains charger, spare propellers and a mounting tool, plus a set of side bumpers for internal use.
The Skycontroller layer consists of the controller, another battery, a support strap, an adaptor tray for 7" tablets, and a collapsible sunscreen.

The 8GB available space is good for three full 9 to 10 minute video runs and 30+ pictures.
We sat and watched the videos on a full HD screen and were immediately struck with both the quality and stability.
The camera is definitely up there with the good sports cameras, and the digital stabilisation was most impressive.

Parrot has produced a very impressive drone, which for its size has remarkable image stabilisation and power,
regardless of the inherent issues normally associated with aerial photography.

Would I buy one? I certainly will, and would love to see Bebop FPV racing in my area: Andrew RobInson - Q&EFI.

See the full feature in the March edition of Quiet & Electric Flight International!

 

Custemz for Customised Drones and Repairs

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Civil Aviation Authority Advice

With Drones proving a popular present this Christmas, consumers should act responsibly,
and be aware of the following regulations.

 

Bebop Drone flying over Thoiry Zoo

The new Parrot Bebop Drone allowed us to shoot these stunning images of Thoiry Zoo, without frightening the animals,
to run with the zebras and to find ourselves in front of the giraffes: Thoiry zoo president Edmond De La Panouse.

 

Flying Toys sensational singing DigiBirds from Silverlit

Silverlit's sensational singing DigiBirds are a colourful collection of interactive tweeting table top pets, predicted to become a worldwide phenomenon for children.
The animated DigiBirds cleverly adopt the mannerisms of real birds with captivating head and beak movements, whilst tweeting or singing a song.

DigiBirds Flockstars! Episode 1 - The Audition

DigiBirds are on the hunt for the 4th and final member of the band!
Who will make the cut and get the chance to live out their dreams as a Flockstar?

DigiBirds TV Commercial 2014

A Silverlit TV commercial demonstrates the DigiBirds during the run up to Christmas.
Suggested Retail Prices from £9.99 to £19.99 including VAT.

Available from Flying Toys stockists now!

Further details of the Silverlit DigiBirds

Louie loving the DigiBirds!

Clearly demonstrating that you can't be too young to appreciate the sensational Silverlit Digibirds.

See all the latest DigiBird Videos

 

Custemz - Leading UK Company for Customised Corporate AR.Drones

If you want an AR.Drone customised, please contact Custemz, and they’ll do their best to fulfil your requirements.

      

Custemz AR.Drone Repair Service

Custemz are the UK’s leading repair service for the Parrot AR.Drone.
If your AR.Drone needs replacement parts or a service they can help, with costs from just £10.00 including return carriage.

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Apple - iPhone 5 - TV Ad - Brilliant

Silverlit Blu-Tech Heli appears in Apple's latest TV advert!

Blu-Tech Heli

 

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