The nicer weather is coming and Toronto is especially beautiful this time of the year throughout each and every area of the city. With this in mind, if you’re feeling adventurous, then why not consider a drone to view the city and see hidden nooks and crannies, and even parts of the city you can only experience from a higher altitude. This is where Parrot comes in to provide you the tools to be an explorer. It’s officially flying season, and Parrot has what you need. Have you ever used a drone before? I know that before last week when I got my first drone I didn’t know what I was missing out on. I haven’t had this much fun since I was eight years old and using an RC Car around my neighbourhood. Toys have come a long way since then, and with Parrot’s Mini Drones, you and your kids (or just you!) can have some very fun times together with the lineup of drones aimed at a younger generation.
My personal favourites so far have been the Parrot Jumping Night Drone, which has been a hit with everyone who has seen me playing with it at the park, at home and in and around my neighbourhood. It’s got a camera, tricks and a sleek design. Check it out below:
- Built to explore and jump: The Jumping Night MiniDrone is equipped with 2 powerful LED lights, and can jump it up to 2.4 feet with a spring-mounted system — and it always lands on its wheels.
- Speed and range: With a top speed of 4mph (5.4km/h), the MiniDrone works within a WiFi operating radius of 50m.
- Built-in camera: Take videos and snap selfies with the embedded 480 x 640 VGA mini-camera, which can live stream to your piloting smartphone or tablet, or capture video or photos to 4GB of internal flash memory.
- Built-in microphone and speaker: The drone will make various robot sounds depending on its mood. Or you can talk and listen through it like a walkie-talkie on wheels.
- App control: The FreeFlight 3 app allows you to control the drone from your compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.
- Lithium-polymer battery: The 550mAh battery lasts up to 20 minutes and recharges in 25 minutes (with 2.6A charger– sold separately).
But the one I’ve spent most of my time with so far is the Airborne Cargo Drone from Parrot. This drone has been fun from day one and it can do some really cool tricks. I’ve been using it every day since I got it and have been very pleased with the performance for its size.
- Ready and easy to fly: Auto take-off and landing with the push of a button. You can even toss it in the air and its sensors will start the engines and stabilize it automatically.
- Durable shock-resistant design: Do acrobatic flips and stunts without worry; the drone is built to last and intended for both indoor and outdoor use, with a removable polyamide hull to protect the propellers.
- Speed and range: With a top speed of 11mph (18km/h) the Bluetooth LE connection offers a 20m operating radius and max elevation.
- Stable flight: A 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, pressure sensor, ultrasound sensor, and vertical camera all work together to maintain stability.
- Built-in camera: Take snapshots and aerial selfies with the embedded VGA mini-camera, which can capture 480×640 photos and store them on 1GB flash memory.
- Cargo-ready: Transport small objects in the built-in compartments, or attach
- App Control: The FreeFlight 3 app allows you to control the drone from your compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.
- Lithium-polymer battery: The 550mAh battery lasts up to 9 minutes and recharges in 25 minutes (with 2.6A charger– sold separately)
Below I’ve included some Drone Etiquette because this is important if you’re piloting in a public area.
- STAY IN CONTROL OF YOUR DRONE:
Fly during daylight and in good weather; don’t fly in rain, fog, strong wind or at night
- DON’T FLY BLIND:
When flying, always keep your drone in sight
- RESPECT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU:
It’s very important to respect the privacy of others; don’t approach or film people without their consent
- COMMON SENSE SAFETY:
Don’t fly close to airports, in populated/sensitive areas, power lines, near moving vehicles or over rail lines, highways;
- DON’T EXCEED THE MAX ALTITUDE:
In Canada, that’s no higher than 90 metres