Parrot Disco takes consumer drones in a new direction
With the Disco drone, Parrot managed to make flying an RC plane as easy, if not easier than flying a high-end quad copter.
The $1300 fixed wing foam aircraft is lightweight, has almost no moving parts and can fly at up to 50 miles per hour for up to 45 minutes.
To launch it, all you do is turn it on and toss it into the air, and it will automatically ascend to 50 meters and start circling as it waits for your command.
Using the new Sky Controller 2 remote paired with a smartphone you control speed with the left stick and direction and altitude with the right.
All your telemetry and a view of the onboard camera are all available on screen.
And it's by being much smaller than the original the controller still has a range of up to 1.2 miles.
It can also be used with the included cockpit glasses, a first person view headset that you slide a smartphone into and it immerses in the view from the full HD camera in the nose.
The controls are simple to master for beginners.
But if you're already a skilled pilot you can use a regular RC transmitter with Disco and fly with manual mode.
When you're done flying, the landing just requires a button press and a little bit of room.