Parrot AR.Drone 2.0: Flying Quadricopter Controlled by Apps

In this article, we will talk about drones. No, not THAT kind of drones, but the kind of drones you and me can control using the smartphone or tablet. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 has been around since May 2012. The WiFi-controlled flying quad-rotor helicopter can be controlled using a variety of compatible apps available on iOS and Android, most of which are developed by Parrot.

It comes equipped with numerous sensors such as a high-definition front camera, a vertical camera, an ultrasound altimeter, and an “absolute control” mode. This enables flight hobbyists to record HD-quality video clips and shoot photos while the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is in the air, even sharing them on YouTube and Picasa in real time. You can also use these drones to play a remotely-controlled game called AR.Race, where players control their Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 using a specialized app and guide their quadricopters through an obstacle course.

Parrot also offers several accessories for its drone, such as the indoor hull made of EPP polypropylene that protects the rotors from being brushed against walls and banged into doorways. (It also makes it ideal for outdoor use as well.)

The 2.0 model is constantly being improved, as Parrot announced an upcoming GPS integration with the help of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Black Box, which allows to spot the drone on a map.

The AR.Drone 2.0 is available in various online sellers, including the Apple Store and Amazon, for $300.

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