At first glance the DISCO looks sleek and modern, while sightly reminiscent of the styrofoam gliders we had when I was a kid in the 70’s and early 80’s. But this is the machine we were dreaming those gliders could be.
Just add a rail gun and the stealthy flying wing design and front mounted camera are enough to convince you that the Hunter-Killer’s from the Terminator movies are finally coming to life.
The good news is you can control this one. The bad news is it’s not in the market quite yet and we don’t know the price. Parrot has said they hope to make it available by the end of the year.
On a more practical note, the DISCO is designed to be easy to fly. Just toss it in the air and its built-in AI will take over. When it comes to landing, built in ground sensors allow the DISCO to automatically take-off and land. No piloting skills are necessary making this drone more practical for the masses.
The DISCO has a top speed of 50 mph, and thanks to the efficiency of the design can run for 45 minutes on a single charge. You can control the DISCO from up to 2-miles away using the Skycontroller or the Flight Plan app using the embedded GPS waypoints. Since you won’t be able to see the drone from 2-miles away GPS return home can always bring your drone back.
The front facing camera supports FullHD at 1080p and streams live back to the controller so you can have a serious in-flight experience. Add on the optional immersive glasses and you’ll feel like your soaring with the eagles.
If you want to just kick back and enjoy the show, the DISCO includes autopilot and a loiter feature that will have the drone orbit a point of interest.
Now, someone hurry up and match this drone with an Augmented Reality (also popular at CES2016) experience and we’ll have some wicked fun gaming.
Ricardo Garza says
Always such great tech stuff coming out at CES. Parrot keeps bring out new drone tech. Thanks for sharing Scott.
Scott Ellis says
Ricardo – Glad you enjoyed. Parrot is doing some good stuff and the DISCO is going to be a fun one. I can imagine a lot of uses, practical and entertaining.