Parrot

  • Parrot lays off 35 percent of its drone team

    Parrot lays off 35 percent of its drone team

    French company Parrot has had a rough year and missed its sales expectations. That’s why the company will lay off 290 employees who were working on drones. In total, Parrot currently has 840 employees on the drone team and more than a thousand employees in total. While the company isn’t just selling drones, it represents a good chunk of the business. But it looks like other… Read More

  • Berkeley project tests tracking imperiled forests with 3D multispectral drone imaging

    Berkeley project tests tracking imperiled forests with 3D multispectral drone imaging

    Droughts, climate change and deforestation are putting forests at risk worldwide, so studying these ecosystems closely is more important than ever — but it’s a hell of a lot of work to climb every tree in the Sierra Nevada. Drones and advanced imaging, however, present an increasingly practical alternative to that, as a UC Berkeley project shows. Read More

  • Parrot announces a dev kit that helps drones see and avoid obstacles

    Parrot announces a dev kit that helps drones see and avoid obstacles

    Parrot, the French company that is probably best known for its AR.Drone and Bebop drones, today announced the Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk, a new development kit for helping drones and robots navigate indoors, avoid obstacles and map its surroundings. The S.L.A.M.dunk (I know I’ll never tire of typing that out), which the company announced at the annual Interdrone conference in Las Vegas today… Read More

  • Parrot unveils a hybrid fixed-wing quadcopter minidrone that looks like an X-wing

    Parrot unveils a hybrid fixed-wing quadcopter minidrone that looks like an X-wing

    Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux held a press conference in Paris to unveil two new minidrones. In addition to the usual quadcopter update, Parrot also unveiled a new kind of drone that wants to mix the best of both worlds — quadcopters and fixed-wing drones. The Parrot Swing takes off vertically and translates from one place to another. But if you push the joystick forward, the drone will… Read More

  • Parrot’s fixed wing Disco drone takes flight next month for $1,300

    Parrot’s fixed wing Disco drone takes flight next month for $1,300

    Half a year after debuting a prototype at CES, Parrot’s finally ready to show off the final version of its next radical entry in the rapidly expanding drone space. The Disco marks a noted departure from both the French company’s earlier effort sand the consumer drone space in general, trading in the standard rotored configuration for a fixed wing variety designed to soar speeds up… Read More

  • Parrot’s CEO is building a new kind of T-shirt

    Parrot’s CEO is building a new kind of T-shirt

    You never know what you’re going to get when you sit down with Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux. The executive is every bit as unpredictable as the company he runs — and just like Parrot’s products, he always puts on a good show. Seydoux’s panel at Disrupt NY today was largely focused on the company’s drone business. But it took some interesting zigs and zags along the… Read More

  • DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro form new drone advocacy group

    DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro form new drone advocacy group

    DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro are launching their own drone advocacy group to lobby for “policies that promote innovation and safety, and create a practical and responsible regulatory framework.” The Small UAV Coalition, which launched with participation from DJI, 3DR, Amazon Prime Air and others interested in the drone ecosystem, has been one of the main lobbying groups for… Read More

  • Parrot’s Henri Seydoux to talk about the future of drones at Disrupt NY

    Parrot’s Henri Seydoux to talk about the future of drones at Disrupt NY

    Parrot has been a pioneer in the drone industry. The company started working on drones nearly ten years ago before it was cool. That’s why we’re glad to announce that Parrot founder and CEO Henri Seydoux will join us on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt New York on May 9-11, 2016. Read More

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