Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter Controlled by iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Android Devices (Orange/Green) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Remote control quadricopter controlled 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 wide variety of games
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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 an iPhone 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.
Features Free Piloting App on iTunes - Download AR.Freeflight in the App Store to control the AR.Drone Augmented Reality Games - Additional AR.Games will be sold in the iTunes App StoreSpecificationsBattery Fly time - 12 minutes 3-cell lithium polymer battery Capacity - 1000 mAh Charge time - 90 minutesMotors 4 x 15 W electric brushless motors (3,500 rpm)Construction High-efficiency propellers Carbon tube structureFront camera VGA (640 x 480) CMOS camera 93-degree wide-angle lens 15 fps videoVertical camera QCIF (176 x 144) High-speed camera (CMOS) 64-degree diagonal lens 60 fps video Horizontal stabilizationAltimeter Ultrasound-based Range - 6 m Emission frequency - 40 kHz Vertical stabilizationInternal guidance system MEMS (micro electro mechanical system) 3-axis accelerometer 2-axis gyroscope 1-axis yaw precision gyroscopeEmbedded computer ARM9 RISC 32-bit 468 MHz 128 MB DDR RAM Wi-Fi b/g Linux OS USB socket Size - 28 x 28 inches with hull; 29 x 11 inches without Weight - 13.4 ounces
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Fly time: 12 minutes
- 3-cell lithium polymer battery
- Capacity: 1000 mAh
- Charge time: 90 minutes
- 4 x 15 W electric brushless motors (3,500 rpm)
- High-efficiency propellers
- Carbon tube structure
- VGA (640 x 480) CMOS camera
- 93-degree wide-angle lens
- 15 fps video
- QCIF (176 x 144) High-speed camera (CMOS)
- 64-degree diagonal lens
- 60 fps video
- Horizontal stabilization
- 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
- ARM9 RISC 32-bit 468 MHz
- 128 MB DDR RAM
- Wi-Fi b/g
- Linux OS
- USB socket
- 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/green), battery, charger, four adapters (EU, US/JP, UK, Aus/NZ), sticker for outdoor hull (for multiplayer battles), and quick start guide.
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The computers are amazing, and they do everything that's advertised exceptionally well. The drone is easy to control; I had no problem letting my seven year old sister fly around while I watched her carefully. Nice quality camera; very wide angle, and while the picture quality isn't HD, it's good enough to distinguish small objects, gestures, and, most of the time, facial expressions (all of which I've done). Optimal range; when it's too hot to sit outside and fly, I can sit on my living room couch and fly the drone (which is outside) around the backyard and beyond (almost all the way around the house, but not quite) using only the views from the cameras with no direct line of sight. Great customer service, I shipped it to Parrot after a motor was damaged (not by impact), and they sent it back fixed and in great condition in under two weeks after I sent it.
I highly recommend using the app Drone Ace to control the drone. Several extra features and control customizations, including a "joystick" mode to control it with, which is much easier to use when I can't see the drone. On drone ace I can record video and take pictures using the bottom camera as well as the front one, so you don't always have to lower yourself to your target's level. Drone ace includes several other features and control modes, and is definitely worth the extra seven bucks it costs.
The Drone is great indoors and outdoors. With the built in computer, it automatically adjusts to any slight breeze there may be, to help you keep it in control, but beware, if the breeze turns into a light wind or more, you will not have complete control.
Great fun, and I suggest getting a second battery since the battery does not last as long as you may think.
- Amazingly stable, intuitive interface. For sure, it takes some getting used to, but its neat and useful that the software can keep the drone hovering at a constant height hands-off. 4 axes of movement controlled via two joysticks is pretty straightforward:
** Joystick1: Forward/Back,Strafe Left/Strafe Right (or just tilt your phone in the appropriate direction)
** Joystick2: Up/Down, Yaw Left/Yaw Right
- Cameras in both front an on bottom definitely add wow-factor.
- Indoor hull means you don't shell out cash after every crash.
- Android is technically unsupported, and it took some digging to find someone who has this working.
- My 1st gen iPod Touch was having some troubles controlling it.
- Battery life is (understandably) pretty short.
Simply an incredible piece of technology. Be sure to buy the "FlightRecord" app from the iTunes store. I think it's $4, but it lets you record the video feed from the nose camera. Very cool.