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Parrot Bebop 2 drone now follows you automatically

parrot-bebop-2Parrot has launched an accurate and reliable ‘follow me’ in-app feature with an industry-first application of visual tracking. With this new feature, Parrot Bebop 2 follows you everywhere and keeps you in the centre of the action.

Parrot Bebop 2 pilots will benefit from an enhanced experience thanks to new tracking features released in the app.

Parrot has launched its new ‘follow me’ feature. This new feature works by using visual tracking in conjunction with the piloting smartphone’s GPS and barometer.

No matter what you’re doing, Parrot Bebop 2 will follow you and keep you in the frame.

Most accurate ‘follow me’ app

The new tracking feature within the FreeFlight Pro app is the most accurate and reliable on the market. Developed by Parrot, the ‘follow me’ feature combines three parameters: visual tracking, smartphone GPS, and barometer.

Advanced visual tracking algorithms

Designed to act like the human eye, the drone’s camera can isolate colours and shapes against its environment. This equates to more accurate framing (less than one meter).

The smartphone’s GPS determines the position with a precision of up to 5 meters. The barometer optimises the vertical tracking of the subject.
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Film your adventures like a professional!

The ‘follow me’ feature developed by Parrot provides two modes of operation:

Auto Follow: you are the main subject

Once airborne, using the app interface, you can set the flight altitude and distance from the subject (5 meters as a minimum). Not only that, you can select the video angle and identify yourself as the subject to track. Once the settings are locked, you no longer need your phone.

Walk, run, or cycle… The drone will pilot itself, and shadow you, keeping you at the center of the frame.

parrot-bebop-2-followme-smartphoneAre you a climbing or mountain biking fan? Easy! The barometer will activate the ‘Climb’ mode which will reinforce the precision of the tracking and will adjust the flight altitude in real time.

Over-piloting

At any time, using your smartphone, you can adjust the flight altitude, distance between you and the drone and the camera angle.

Auto Follow mode functionalities include:

Perfect Side

Determine the shooting angle (from the front, back, right/left side; ¾) and the Parrot Bebop 2 will follow you and film your journey whilst determining the shooting angle. Wherever you go, wherever you move.

Magic Dronies

Select one of the pre-programmed movements to take ‘dronies’ like a professional;

  • Orbit: the drone performs a 360° circle around you
  • Parabola: the drone performs a parabola over you (rises 10 meters high above departure altitude in an arch, keeping you in the center of the frame)
  • Boomerang: the drone moves forward and goes back 30 meters, moving on the axis of the camera
  • Zenith: the drone moves forward and climbs to 15 meters high above its departure altitude, before going back to its position, keeping you at the center of the frame.

Auto Framing: you are the film director

In this mode, the app uses advanced visual tracking algorithms to keep the target at the center of the frame.

You pilot the drone and, without intervention, the angle of the Bebop 2 camera is adjusted. Thus providing you with perfect framing of your target.

When the drone is managing a stationary flight, the angle of the camera is readjusted and the Bebop 2 will rotate on its axis, following the subject and maintaining the frame.

Availability

The new ‘follow me’ feature with GPS and visual tracking by Parrot is available for iOS within the FreeFlight Pro application as an in-app purchase: £14.99 (after a 15 day free trial).

There will be an Android version available in December.

Parrot Bebop 2 drone now follows you automatically

by Jay Garrett time to read: 2 min
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