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Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter Controlled by iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Android Devices (Orange/Blue) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Remote control quadricopter controlled by iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Android Devices with Version 2.2 and Multi-Touch
  • Interchangeable hulls designed for both indoor and outdoor use
  • Fly and battle with other Drone users via a Wi-Fi network
  • Front-view camera with live video feed
  • Enjoy a variety of games
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameParrot
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions22.4 x 22.4 x 5.4 inches
Item model numberPF720002AA
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Wireless Comm Standard802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB003ZVSHB0
Best Sellers Rank #193,752 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.6 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 3, 2010
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Remote-controlled by your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, the AR.Drone offers a number of sensors, including a front camera, vertical camera and an ultrasound altimeter

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The AR.Drone remote-control quadricopter is a groundbreaking device combining the best of many worlds, including modeling, video gaming, and augmented reality. The AR.Drone is remote-controlled by your device (see compatibility below) and features a number of sensors, including a front camera, vertical camera, and an ultrasound altimeter. The AR.Drone can also be used in video games, such as AR.FlyingAce, a dogfight between two AR.Drones.

A groundbreaking device combining the best of many worlds, including modeling, video gaming, and augmented reality. Click to enlarge.

The First Quadricopter Controlled by iPod touch/iPhone/iPad/Android Devices

Control with Your Device
Thanks to its on-board Wi-Fi system, you can control the Parrot AR.Drone using an iPod touch, iPod touch, iPad, or Android device (OS 2.2 (Froyo) or higher, 3-inches wide minimum, and multi-touch).

The Parrot AR.Drone
The AR.Drone is the first quadricopter that can be controlled by an iPod touch, iPod touch, iPad, or Android device (OS 2.2 (Froyo) or higher, 3-inches wide minimum, and multi-touch).

High-technology Sensors Offer Simple Piloting
A mix of captors, wide-angle camera, high-speed camera and MEMS (micro electro mechanical systems), accelerometer, gyro sensors, and ultrasound sensor combine with a powerful on-board computer to make piloting the AR.Drone easy. Simply use your device and just tilt and touch to control the AR.Drone.

Connect and See
The Parrot AR.Drone generates its own Wi-Fi network to which you connect your device to control. The front camera view is streamed to your piloting device display.

Autopilot
The AR.Drone autopilot allows easy takeoff and landing. After takeoff, autopilot stabilizes the AR.Drone at an 80-centimeter altitude. When you remove your finger from your device, the autopilot function automatically puts the AR.Drone into stationary flight. Lost connection with the AR.Drone? Autopilot takes over again and stabilizes the device before attempting a soft and safe landing.

Indoor and Outdoor Hulls Included
The full hull shield protects the AR.Drone from impacts that occur during wild battles against enemies hidden in the rooms of the house. The streamlined colored hull is aerodynamic, allowing greater control outside.

High Durability and Easy Repair
AR.Drone is a quadricopter made of carbon fiber and high-resistance PA66 plastic. All parts can be changed for easy repair.

Free Piloting App
Please download the free AR.Freeflight App (iTunes App Store or Android Market) to control the AR.Drone.

Augmented Reality Games
Not only see what the AR.Drone sees with the front-mounted camera, but enjoy a wide variety of games in augmented reality. AR.Games sold in the iTunes App Store and Android Market. Choose from a selection of single-player and multiplayer games, using the AR.Drone's camera and the augmented reality applications. Shoot enemies or other drones.

Thanks to its on-board Wi-Fi system, you can control the Parrot AR.Drone using an iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

The full hull shield protects the AR.Drone from impacts.

The Parrot AR.Drone has been designed for both inside and outside use.

AR.Drone Details

Compatibility

  • Apple iOS devices: iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad
  • Android OS devices: Optimized for: Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Xoom, HTC Desire; Also compatible with: HTC Desire HD, HTC Sensation, LG Optimus 2x, and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Battery

  • Fly time: 12 minutes
  • 3-cell lithium polymer battery
  • Capacity: 1000 mAh
  • Charge time: 90 minutes

Motors

  • 4 x 15 W electric brushless motors (3,500 rpm)

Construction

  • High-efficiency propellers
  • Carbon tube structure

Front camera

  • VGA (640 x 480) CMOS camera
  • 93-degree wide-angle lens
  • 15 fps video

Vertical camera

  • QCIF (176 x 144) High-speed camera (CMOS)
  • 64-degree diagonal lens
  • 60 fps video
  • Horizontal stabilization

Altimeter

  • Ultrasound-based
  • Range: 6 m
  • Emission frequency: 40 kHz
  • Vertical stabilization

Internal guidance system

  • MEMS (micro electro mechanical system)
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • 2-axis gyroscope
  • 1-axis yaw precision gyroscope

Embedded computer

  • ARM9 RISC 32-bit 468 MHz
  • 128 MB DDR RAM
  • Wi-Fi b/g
  • Linux OS
  • USB socket

Dimensions

  • Size: 28 x 28 inches with hull; 29 x 11 inches without
  • Weight: 13.4 ounces

What's in the Box

AR.Drone, indoor hull, outdoor hull (orange/blue), battery, charger, four adapters (EU, US/JP, UK, Aus/NZ), sticker for outdoor hull (for multiplayer battles), and quick start guide.

Customer Reviews

Best Flying Toy period.
jjRobotek
In general, though, the workmanship and quality of parts and manufacturing in the AR Drone is first rate and the controls and software to fly it are super.
James C
If I took control just after take off, I could manage to keep it flying and raise and lower the altitude and rotate the drone.
Ookpic

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

389 of 396 people found the following review helpful By R. Newton on January 22, 2011
... wow, lots of misinformation in these reviews. Let me just set the record straight and offer some advice on what do do when you first get your drone. Just FYI, I own 2 Drones.

1. You're anxious to fly. You dont want to read the manual. Fine. Just read the first steps and take it to an INDOOR ROOM preferably with carpeting and LOW CEILINGS. With the indoor hull on fly it there as much as you want. Bang it against the walls, smack it against the ceiling. You'll crash it like mad and it won't break. Despite what you read here, it's actually very very tough. You'll also fall in love with how cool it is.

2. Go the Parrot forums and read my long post about REALLY preparing to fly the Drone so you don't crash and break it. [...]

3. Don't take off the altitude limiter until you're ready. Everyone wants to go outside after a few flights and take the Drone up to see the squirrel's nest 100ft up in the tree (I did, and I trashed my first Drone). Don't do it! High Altitude = Broken Drone. It actually has an ultrasound altimeter that doesn't function above 6 meters. It was not designed nor built to fly at treetop level despite the Youtube videos that show people doing that. None of Parrot's promo videos show high-altitude flying.

4. It's designed to fly at around 4ft - 8ft off the ground and do AMAZING things at that level. What makes it so cool is that it is basically 2 completely separate flying experiences in one body. With the indoor protective hull on, it's a precision instrument able to negotiate (not too narrow) hallways and furniture and trees outdoors. When you get more experience take it to a wide-open field - soccer size - and put the outdoor hull on. Then it flies like an RC Airplane, fast and furious doing almost aerobatic moves.
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455 of 477 people found the following review helpful By rrko on November 1, 2010
Update Jan 2012: Parrot has announced version 2.0 of the AR Drone at CES. Shipping Q2/2012, same price. This review is based on v1.0:

It was really love at first sight when I saw the first CES videos of the AR-Drone in January 2010. It reminded me on that one scene in Terminator 3 where they had one of small Skynet drones in a lab with scientists working on it... I wanted to have one - even at $1.000. I already owned a Hirobo Lama RC coax helicopter at that time and was very familiar with the problems of getting a device like that hovering stable or even flying it at all. The AR-Drone seemed to do all that automatically which is not only pretty cool but also extremely useful if you lose control of your helicopter. You would just take your hands of the controls and it stays where it is! The original idea was to start a little R&D project using the iPhone as an intermediate step and control the drone from a computer and let it automatically fly around the house from point A to B to C. Well, at this point it won't quite happen yet.

The manufacturer has built extremely high expectations by showing numerous product videos on Youtube. One particular video shows two players driving two drones through the woods out of direct eye sight just using the iPhone video display. That's purely science fiction: frame rate and video latency/delay simply don't allow you doing that.

The Wi-Fi signal indicator bar either shows 4/5 or nothing at all. DYI programmers on a web forum have now revealed that we are looking at a static picture rather than an actual indicator. The drone is actually supposed to go in auto hover mode as soon as it loses the Wi-Fi connection of if you receive a call on your iPhone.
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474 of 503 people found the following review helpful By J. Bielby on September 13, 2010
If you are not into the RC plane hobby, you need to understand what you are in for. This is a fragile high tech piece of equipment. Those who have flown RC Planes know this but those of you that are new to RC flying would be well served to buy 2 of these. One to fly and one to take parts off of when they break, and they will break.

Any fall from greater that the default (9') will cause extensive damage, a new system board is $99 and the costs of the parts quickly add up. Just a note replacement parts are not shipping at this time.

Yes these are easy to fly, but they are easy to crash and break very easily. I have a broken, central cross, system board, body set, shaft and gear.

It's fun to fly but even after about 10 hrs under my belt I am still using the indoor hull outside. Shaft and gear will break if prop hits anything. Any wind is a problem. My indoor hull is showing signs of stress and I imagine it will not last much longer.

It is well worth the $299 price but keep in mind, it will break,

FWIW I sent support an email over 2 weeks ago and no response, I sat for hours on the phone and never talked to anyone. You are on your own with this. Oh and try and find parts, my guess is 80% of the drones out there are non usable.

Buyer beware THIS IS AN EXPENSIVE TOY, that breaks very easily and the replacement parts are pricey.
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98 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Greg Perry on November 8, 2010
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One of the units purchased had bad battery charger. Manufacturer refused to treat this as DOA and refused to send a new charger. We had to spend extra money to purchase a new charger. Very very poor service which discredits the product and manufacturer.
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