By equipping his Mambo with an ultra wide-angle steering camera, Parrot wants to launch the fashion for immersive drones indoors.
In the category of drones, Parrot has long chosen the playground and its Mambo FPV wants to reinforce the interest of its flying toys. The novelty of the day is not the Mambo drone itself, as it was launched last year, but the equipment with which it is delivered. Next to the Mambo, there is a control pad (Flypad), a VR helmet with a smartphone (Cockpit Glasses) and a removable video camera to be placed on the drone, the Mambo FPV (for " first person view, first person view).
This camera is not only capable of streaming the video stream to your phone, but it can also record the race directly on a Micro SD card to place in a dedicated slot. The Mambo being a mini drone, the video definition of the camera is modest - 1280x720 points (720p) - but it has a wide angle of view of 120 °.
On the performance side, the Mambo FPV is identical to its predecessor since it can fly at 30 km / h, but the new battery (Power) allows it to fly for 10 minutes without video module. It will be necessary to measure the autonomy of the Mambo in FPV mode.
The legal framework of flight of the drones - they are prohibited on the public way except authorization of the city council, etc. - makes it complicated to use them on the street and most parks. Parrot has intelligently repositioned itself on the game indoors, a more flexible environment legally but also technically since the air constraints (wind, etc.) are much less.
If the idea of shopping in immersion looks good, it will be necessary for the pilots in grass to find parking lots or hangars to have the possibility of pushing the aircraft to the maximum of their capacity, the tata Yvonne salon, truffled of porcelain , clearly not a suitable place for this activity.
The addition of Mambo PFV equipment does not explode the price of the original Mambo launched last year (119 euros, 39 euros the controller): to 179 euros with the controller, the helmet and the modular camera, Mambo FPV remains accessible to the greatest number. It remains to evaluate your needs in additional batteries which, sold at 15 euros per unit, quickly prove essential to avoid the cycle "I play 8 minutes, I recharge for 45 minutes".