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Parrot teases new drones, including one that can sail across water

Parrot has shown off its upcoming range of mini-drones, which are expected to officially launch at an event on July 2.

Unsurprisingly, Parrot’s promotional trailers – spotted on the company’s website – have triggered a great deal of excitement, not least because they’re all wallet-friendly; with the most expensive model setting you back €200 (£145).

The model that’s garnered the most attention, however, is the €169 (£122) Hydrofoil which, as its name suggests, can traverse water.

Not strictly a pure UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), it consists of a drone attached to a small boat. Once turned on, the drone flips up into a vertical position, and you can steer it around using your smartphone.

As the video below demonstrates, it’s responsive and capable of zipping around at a fair old speed, with Parrot saying it’ll hit 6mph. No taking it into the middle of the sea though – it’s designed for calm, fresh water.

The drone used to power the Hydrofoil, called Airborne, is available as a standalone model too. Weighing 58g, it features an inbuilt VGA camera that lets you take pictures and can hit speeds of 11mph.

There are two different version of Airborne available: the €129 (£93) Night and €99 (£72) Cargo. The former is equipped with LED lights, while the latter can carry bits and bobs around. Being so small, we have no idea what sort of loads it could handle.

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There is also a range of €199 (£144) Jumping drones, two-wheeled vehicles capable of driving around and, you guessed it, jumping to impressive heights of 80cm.

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