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Parrot AR Drone. The Coolest RC Helicopter?

The Parrot AR Drone want to make RC helicopters look old and outdated. This is possible because the Parrot AR Drone comes with four independently-powered propellers – two built-in cameras and a smorgasborg of futuristic gadgetry packed into its carbon fibre frame. And the best part is it really easy to control it from your iPhone.

Parrot AR Drone

And the device is also compatible with iPads and iPod Touches, the free app lets you stream live video from the AR Drone’s built-in cameras straight to your screen.

How the Parrot AR Drone works – video

How the Parrot AR Drone works – video

Parrot AR Drone features:

  • iPhone-controlled quadricopter
  • Tilt your iphone to control the AR Drone’s movement
  • 2 x built-in cameras stream video directly to your iPhone
  • Augmented reality lets you play games over the live video feed
  • Creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot for communicating with the iPhone
  • Autopilot: Provides automatic take off, hovering 80cm above the ground, or any pre-determined height, and immediate immobilisation upon release of controls
  • Auto landing: Both upon command, or when flight battery exhausted, following warning
  • Recommended for ages 3yrs with adult supervision to 16yrs

Technical details:

  • Range: 50m
  • Battery: 3 cells 11.1v 30w 1,000mAh 14g lithium polymer pack
  • Charging time: 60-90 minutes for a full charge
  • Flight duration: Up to 12 minutes between charges
  • Motors: 4 x 15w brushless electric motors, capable of 4,000 rpm
  • Altimeter: Emission frequency 40kHz (range 6m) providing vertical stabilisation
  • Accelerometer: Sensors detect movement and speed in 3 axis
  • Gyroscopes: 2 x electronic gyros provide superb directional stability controlling the pitch, roll angle and yaw, even outdoors in light winds
  • Horizontal front camera: 93 degree wide angle lens, recording 15 frames per second at 640 x 480 pixels resolution for live streaming
  • Vertical camera: 64 degree diagonal lens, high speed format recording 60 frames a second, for superb horizontal stabilisation at 176 x 144 pixels resolution, combined with the AR.Drone’s patented anti-vibration system

Pricing and availability info

The Parrot AR Drone costs £299.99 and you can find it on FireBox.com.

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