We were already pretty impressed with theĀ last micro drone that Parrot announced (but still not released), but their latest creation looks even more impressive. Again, the small bird is only slightly larger than a sheet of paper. With its 400g, it is lightweight, meaning it will not be resistant to wind at all, but the feature set is impressive! This baby has full 3-axis image stabilization. Because mechanical stabilization cannot be cramped into the tiny body, this is all done in software, in the GPU that uses the input from the 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. I wonder how this compares to a real stabilization system... The compressed bits from the 14 MPixel camera with wide lens are stored on the internal 8 GByte of memory and transmitted over 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with four ceramic MIMO antennas. The optional SkyController supports FPV goggles such as the Oculus Rift as shown on the product page. Our friends at Engadget took this toy for a 12-minute spin, until the battery drained.

[IEEE Spectrum]