Parrot Mini Drone Review | Rolling Spider

Looking for an evaluation of the Parrot Rolling Spider ?  Check out this video review.  The Rolling Spider drone from Parrot is an ultra-compact, palm sized quadcopter that is controlled by a smartphone.   And although it is 6 times lighter than the AR.Drone it has the same same flight stability as a result of an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer.  It has a pressure sensor for flight altitude measurement, an ultrasonic sensor for precision flying near the ground, and its vertical camera of 60 fps measures the speed by comparing the previous image.

According to the Parrot website, this ultra-sophisticated technology based on sensor data fusion makes the Rolling Spider one of the world’s most stable drones.  It also says that it has an exclusive free-fall take-off mode: its engines start when you drop it.  Capture aerial views with the vertical mini-camera.”

Some key specs are:
– it has a range up to 20 meters (66 feet)
– the batter is a Lithium-Polymer and removable, will fully recharge in 90 minutes, and will provide up to 8 min (6 min with wheels) of operation
– it weighs 55 grams (65 grams with wheels)

It uses a free piloting app that is compatible with smartphones and tablets running on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Find out more about the FreeFlight 3 app

The Rolling Spider’s vertical camera allows you to take photographs by selecting the ‘photo’ icon on piloting screen to take a snapshot and save it in the Rolling Spider’s memory which contains enough space for several hundred photos. Image resolution is 300,000 pixels and you can recover your photos in the FreeFlight 3 app where you are able to transfer them from the quad’s internal memory to your piloting smartphone or tablet gallery.

The Rolling Spider has removable wheels that allow it to run from floor to ceiling and walls.
It is also equipped with a propellers cutout for some protection in case of a collision

 

More details about this cool little quadcopter can be found on the Parrot website:
http://www.parrot.com/usa/products/rolling-spider/