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Manufacturer: Parrot Inc.
Recommended Retail: $299.99
Read Reviews (Amzn): Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter for iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Android
Parrot's Quadricopte AR.Drone, a flying "quadricopter" handled through an iOS device, was an extraordinary piece of technology but it turned out overpriced, difficult to accurately control and had questionable building.
Parrot claims the new AR.Drone 2.0 addresses some of these issues.
Like its predecessor, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that uses Wi-Fi technology for connecting to an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and currently an Android device where it may be piloted using augmented reality. With layman's terms, this is a helicopter having four blades that's controlled by using a specially designed app for iOS as well as Android devices.
The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 generates its own Wi-Fi community on-board, without the need of Connection to the internet or wireless router to get started.
Getting it started is perhaps a good thing about the Parrot AR. Drone 2.0. Charge the included power battery, download the AR.Freeflight app (a free download for iOS and Android devices) and hook up to the AR.Drone 2.0's own Wi-Fi network in a few simple procedure and you're immediately able to fly.
It's kind of effortless user experience which makes the AR.Drone a whole lot of fun.
The biggest improvement the Parrot's Quadricopte AR.Drone 2.0 offers over its predecessor is how easy it is to be able to fly. In an attempt to entice casual users, Parrot's "absolute control" mode ignores the orientation of the quadricopter and uses the person controlling the chopper because reference point.
Another big improvement is the Parrot's Quadricopte AR.Drone ability to record 720p HIGH-DEFINITION video and snap photos when you are flying, The quality of video and images recorded aren't about to win any awards, but the thought of recording your flight videos becomes addictive.
It allows users to save images or videos on the USB key through a USB port hidden close to the battery, while you could also upload any captured videos directly to Google's Picasa service or to YouTube.
Parrot's Quadricopte AR.Drone offers impressive stability during indoor flying due to an ultrasound sensor. Once it has taken off the quadricopter hovers in mid-air, awaiting the command. Keep in mind that you need alarge indoor area to be able to fly the AR.Drone 2.0 properly.
It is efficient at manoeuvring down a narrow passageway, but the air the blades generate when flying can make it difficult to remain stable throughout confined spaces.
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