The Parrot MiniDrone is a smaller take on the original AR.Drone. While the original AR.Drone was a fairly large nearly 2-feet piece of machinery, this new MiniDrone literally fits in the palm of your hand. The smaller size however brings one huge downside - gone is the drone’s viewfind and recording camera.
In exchange for that loss, the MiniDrone is now equipped with a set of wheels attachable on its side that can make it climb walls and even ceilings. You can leave them off if you just want to just fly, and it’s as simple as popping them on and off. This is not a requirement, though - the drone is light enough to go airborne even with the wheels on.
Interestingly, you now connect the MiniDrone not via Wi-Fi as with earlier quad-copters, but via Bluetooth. The Parrot MiniDrone works with both iOS and Android devices.
Finally, Parrot is only teasing the MiniDrone release date saying it’d be “soon.” We have no idea what this means, but we do have one huge reason to be patient - the hope that this MiniDrone will come with a more affordable price than the $300 AR.Drone.