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Parrot shows iPhone-controlled AR.Drone toy

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Parrot, primarily known for its wireless mobile accessories, has unveiled the Parrot AR.Drone, a quadricopter piloted via an iPhone or iPod touch. The AR.Drone’s companion application allows users to fly in a real-world environment, complete with objects and conditions to account for, while simultaneously playing a video game on the device’s screen. The app uses the accelerometer and command buttons for control, while the Wi-Fi-connected AR.Drone employs a wide angle camera and high speed camera, an accelerometer, a gyro, an ultrasound sensor, and an advanced computer to make piloting accessible to both savvy and inexperienced users alike. Parrot plans to make an open SDK available to developers soon, and plans to release the AR.Drone to consumers sometime later this year at a currently undetermined price. Continue reading to watch a demo video showing the device in action.

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1

Law enforcement, movie shoots - I could see big things for this product.

Posted by Warren Piece on January 6, 2010 at 11:29 AM (PDT)

2

this is 100% awesome !!!! i want one!!!

Posted by dennis on January 6, 2010 at 7:06 PM (PDT)

3

This look brilliant…there is another video showing the AR with 2 of the drones battling it out and gunfire, missiles etc overlaid on the iPod screen.

Games aside this seems to avoid all the drawbacks with remote control kit by giving you the ‘drones’ eye view so when you turn left you know you will be turning left…no think about the direction of the device when trying to control it!

Awesome, want one now, please done make it a stupid price & make sure spare prop blades are available…I usually end up throwing these type of gadgets out after one crash that destroys a blade!

Posted by Gronk on January 7, 2010 at 2:41 AM (PDT)

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