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With the Bebop Drone, Parrot puts higher-end features into a compact quadcopter that is sure to attract new and experienced pilots.
For starters, its camera is a step-up from the one found on its previous models like the AR.Drone 2.0, with an f2.2 fish-eye lens with a 180-degree angle of view and a 14-megapixel sensor.
It can capture video at 1080p full-HD resolution; the AR.Drone 2.0 is limited to 720p. Video is recorded to the Bebop's 8GB of internal storage (there's no microSD or SD card slot) in MP4 format. Photos can be captured in JPEGs or Adobe DNG raw format.
Parrot takes advantage of the extra resolution to let you digitally pan and zoom your picture as well as stabilize your shots on three axes. Though this might not be as good a solution as putting the camera on a gimbal, it likely allows Parrot to cut costs and keep the Bebop light -- its maximum weight is 410 grams (14.5 ounces) -- and compact. It measures roughly 12 inches (28cm) square and 1.5 inches (3.6cm) tall.
Joshua Goldman/CNETUnlike the AR.Drone 2.0, the Bebop has a GNSS chipset with GPS, Glonass, and Galileo built in. The chipset allows the Bebop to return to its take-off location on its own and hover in place, among other things. When you can't get a GPS lock, such as when you're flying inside, a vertical camera and ultrasound and pressure sensors keep it from drifting while hovering.
Unfortunately, being so small and light means you don't have much room for a big battery. The Bebop is limited to a flight time of 11 minutes. High winds and fast flying will shorten that time. (The Bebop can fly in winds up to about 30mph or 50kmh, and can reach speeds of around 45mph or 75kmh.)
Though long flights are out of the question with that battery time, the battery is removable, so you can always carry extras and Parrot is including a second pack with the Bebop. No pricing was available for additional packs or other accessories.
Just as with the company's older AR.Drones, the Bebop works with Parrot's FreeFlight app for piloting the drone as well as controlling the camera, and viewing videos and photos from a smartphone or tablet (Android, Windows Phone and iOS are supported). Also, using the Bebop's GNSS chipset, you'll be able to set waypoints and create a flight plan for the drone allowing for completely autonomous flight.
Joshua Goldman/CNETFor those of you who want physical controls instead of just using touch, Parrot has the Skycontroller. This gives you two sticks for piloting; discrete controls for the camera; a button for taking off and landing and one for emergency motor cutoff; status lights for the battery of the Bebop and the controller; a return-to-home button; and you can wirelessly pair a tablet or phone with it for first-person-view (FPV) flying.
The Skycontroller runs on Android, which allowed Parrot to install the FreeFlight app on it, so you don't need to pair a mobile device to fly. This also means you can connect an external display via the full-size HDMI and use that to see what the camera sees. The Skycontroller will also support VR headsets like the Oculus Rift through the HDMI output, completely immersing you for FPV flight.
On top of the Skycontroller is an amplified Wi-Fi radio and four antennas allowing you to fly farther -- up to 1.2 miles (2km). Of course, with the 11-minute flight time, you'll have to plan accordingly. It also provides some cover for the screen so you're not struggling as much to see in the sun.
Joshua Goldman/CNETThe Bebop will be available in December for $499 at Best Buy and Apple, in stores and online. The Bebop with the Skycontroller will sell for $899. Those in Australia will be able to buy from Apple and Harvey Norman in December, too, with presales starting November 20. Pricing for the Bebop alone will be AU$699 (including GST) or with the Skycontroller for AU$1,299 (including GST). Pricing and availability for the UK is still being determined.
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Actor Charlie Day said he was grateful to receive an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Merrimack College, a distinction also bestowed upon greats like Mike Tyson and Kermit the Frog.
Day, a 1998 Merrimack graduate, spoke at the college's commencement Sunday. He joked about receiving the honor as someone "who has made a living from pretending to eat cat food," and that Dr. Charlie Day "sounds like some sort of club DJ."
"I plan to begin writing my own prescriptions immediately," he joked.
But Day offered a theme to the students beyond just reminding them graduating means something besides, "I have expanded my mind, destroyed my liver, but I never gave up." That they now should do what he did, and make things happen for themselves.
"I had a sense that maybe I could create an opportunity that was better than the ones offered to me," Day said, speaking of his early days in New York after leaving Merrimack.
He explained how he and some friends began shooting a homemade version of what would eventually become "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia." At the same time, he was offered a spot on the Fox sitcom "Life on a Stick."
"Do I do 'Life on a Stick'? Or do I make another bet on myself? And this time, my friends too," Day said, recalling his thought process. "Do I make no money?"
This was happening at a time when Day was trying to tell people he was a writer, even though he didn't even own a computer.
Well, you can figure out where things went, now that he's done 10 seasons of "It's Always Sunny" and signed on for another two years. "Life on a Stick" was canned after only five episodes.
"Don't wait for your break, make your break," Day said. "Go make it happen for yourself."
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The term cobra effect stems from an anecdote set at the time of British rule of colonial India. The British government was concerned about the number ofvenomous cobra snakes in Delhi. The government therefore offered a bounty for every dead cobra. Initially this was a successful strategy as large numbers of snakes were killed for the reward. Eventually, however, enterprising persons began to breed cobras for the income. When the government became aware of this, the reward program was scrapped, causing the cobra breeders to set the now-worthless snakes free. As a result, the wild cobra population further increased. The apparent solution for the problem made the situation even worse.
A similar incident occurred in Hanoi, Vietnam, under French colonial rule. The colonial regime created a bounty program that paid a reward for each rat killed. To obtain the bounty, people would provide the severed rat tail. Colonial officials, however, began noticing rats in Hanoi with no tails. The Vietnamese rat catchers would capture rats, lop off their tails, and then release them back into the sewers so that they could procreate and produce more rats, thereby increasing the rat catchers' revenue. Historian Michael Vann argues that the cobra example from British India cannot be proven, but that the rats in Vietnam case can be proven, so the term should be changed to the "rat effect."