The Parrot Disco drone, a fixed-wing device that can swoop through the air at speeds of about 50 miles per hour, was unveiled to techies Monday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show 2016 in Las Vegas.
The Parrot Disco's design makes it different from the quadcopter drones currently on the market, according to PC World.
The drone's lightweight design, about 1.5 pounds, allows it to be launched simply by throwing it into the air, Parrot's product manager Frederic Pirat said, according to PC World. Parrot touted the drone's simplicity on its blog Monday.
"This will be the first 'ready-to-fly' wing-shaped drone, and the first everyone can easily pilot," the statement said. "Just mount the wings to the body and throw it in the air. No piloting skills are required."
The drone, which can be controlled via a smartphone app, carries a high-definition video camera built into its nose, PC World noted. It can record video while in flight and stream it live to the control app.
"It's very fun to pilot a wing," Pirat said. "The experience is very different from a quadcopter."
Chris Smith, a writer for the tech website BGR.com
, said that the Parrot Disco's ability to fly by itself makes it more user-friendly than some other consumer drones.
"You'll still be able to fly Disco by yourself, or perform tricks in the air," Smith wrote. "But the drone will make sure it doesn't get into any accidents. Even better, the drone doesn't just take-off automatically as soon as you lift it up in the air, it also lands automatically with help of ground sensors."
"The Disco can also be used to orbit a point of interest on the ground in 'loiter' mode, and can fly for around 45 minutes at a top speed of 50 mph, which is rather remarkable. You can set up waypoints for the flight plan mode, and the drone can return home with the help of GPS," he continued.
PC World reported that the Parrot Disco is not yet ready for commercial use but could go on sale to the public by the end of the year.
CES officially kicks off Wednesday
and will run through Saturday in Las Vegas. It's sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association, a trade association that represents many in the U.S. consumer technology industry.
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