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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Parrot to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Bebop 2 drone with a Skycontroller as part of Parrot's "It's Flying Season" event where the company is discounting its entire line of drones by $30 to $100.

During the promotion, all Minidrones are available for $30 off, the Bebop 2, Bepop, and AR Drone 2.0 are available for $50 off, and the Bebop 2 Skycontroller Black Edition is available for $100 off. Parrot's discounts are active from May 6 to July 4.

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The Bebop 2, priced at $500 during the sale, is Parrot's newest drone, launched in December of 2015. It's lightweight and compact at 500 grams, and according to Parrot, it's been built with the "latest generation" of sensors and technologies to reach 25 minutes of flying time with a 2700 mAh battery. Its four three-blade propellers are designed to offer optimal maneuverability and it's able to reach speeds of 37 mph horizontally and 13 mph vertically.

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A dual-core processor powers the Bebop 2, and a stabilization camera takes a photo every 16 milliseconds to determine speed. An ultrasound sensor analyzes flight altitude up to 16 feet, and a pressure sensor measures altitude beyond that. Positioning is controlled through an accelerometer and a 3-axis magnetometer, and a GPS chipset geo-localizes the drone and helps measure speed.


Parrot's Bebop 2 is piloted over Wi-Fi using a smartphone or tablet and can be used with an optional RC-style Skycontroller. The Skycontroller allows the Bebop 2 to be controlled from further away (up to 6,561 feet) through two joysticks and customizable buttons for an intuitive flight experience. The accompanying app allows the Bebop 2 to be flown right out of the box, with or without the Skycontroller. Tilting a smartphone left, right, forward, or backward controls the Bebop 2 and an automatic landing button brings it back down when the flight is over.

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A 14-megapixel fisheye camera built into a 3-axis framework is included in the Bebop 2 to take wide angle (180 degree) HD photos and videos of the areas where it's flying. The Bebop 2 is built from a flexible glass fiber-reinforced ABS chassis and it has shockproof feet for landings.

We have a Bebop 2 Skycontroller drone to give away to a lucky MacRumors reader. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

The contest will run from today (June 3) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on June 10. The winner will be chosen randomly on June 10 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.

Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Bebop 2 Drone With Skycontroller From Parrot
 
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michaelant

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This is such a good giveaway, you just got me to do all five of your things. Good job, MacRumors!;):D
 
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simbo123

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Best giveaway EVER on Macrumors, fingers crossed and very lucky winner!
 
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duervo

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I've been thinking about dipping my toes into the drone waters lately, but not really sure what practical use I'd get out of it. Sure, it would be pretty cool at first, but it almost seems to me like it's one of those things that would lose its luster after a month or two, and then just go back in the box and sit on a shelf in the basement or something.

That beach pic suggests that it would be fun to bring on vacation, but then that would open up a whole other can of worms, which would include at least two things:

1. Would it be legal to use at the vacation spot?
2. Chances of it getting stolen from hotel room, because it's not something I would want to carry around with me everywhere I go. Also, it's too big to fit in any backpack that I would take with me.

I suppose I could consider one of those little tiny ones, but probably better to just see if a larger one is available to rent at the vacation spot for a day or two.

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"No Canada" ... Soon to be the title of Canada's new national anthem if this keeps up.
 
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macduke

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I've always wanted a drone but could never justify spending the money on one. This one is really nice, but if I were going to drop the money, I'd probably go all out (well not ALL out) and get something like the Phantom 4 that has a gimbal, higher top speed of 45mph, three times the range, supports 64GB micro sd cards, what looks like a better avoidance system with motion tracking, and a slightly better battery. Plus it also looks more like something Apple would design. But considering all of the recent advances in tech, I'll probably be well served to wait a few more years since I don't HAVE to have one. I'll probably be able to pick up a drone with 60 minute battery life, 70mph top speed, better stabilized camera that can do 4k slow-mo and 24mp stills, a 10 mile range and it will probably cost less than $500. But I would also be really happy winning this one, because like I said, it's also very nice! And this drone is better than waiting for years.
 
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73b

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I have a bebop 1 but no skycontroller. The range is not very good with wifi and the camera quality was a little disappointing but it looks like the 2nd generation with skycontroller would solve these problems!
 
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