Parrot AR Drone
The Parrot AR Drone,for the price point, has a lot of great features. Auto-stabilization, Streaming Video from 2 cameras, Battery Telemetry and so on.
Beware of the commercials though, they do tend to over hype things. It is probably too big to fly easily inside and the video refresh rate is probably too slow for FPV spy plane style flying. Parts are available, because you probably will break it.
Additionally, there are some reports of the Drone flying off into the sky never to be found again. Parrot says the drone should auto-hover if signal is lost. I can only assume that if your drone takes off ,never to return, then your parrot drone has chose to defect and join the growing RC resistance movement. :)
All kidding aside, this a great fun toy that is easy to fly. Many in-depth reviews linked to below.
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the Parrot AR.Drone is a lot of fun, as well as impressive example of what can be done with iOS devices and very complex “accessories.” Parrot clearly bills this as a toy, so despite the capabilities that it hints at, the AR.Drone itself should not be confused for a device with serious applications—this is not designed to be a remote news camera or a surveillance drone, merely an advanced RC quadricopter with some unique gaming capabilities promised by the open iOS development environment.
Parrot has managed to combine many good things with the AR.Drone. With the AR.Drone you get the thrill of flying an RC-heli, without the long and expensive learning period. The fact that you can combine video games with RC-piloting just adds to the fun. Learning to fly has never been as easy as with the AR.Drone – if you just remove your fingers the craft simply hovers. Everyone can learn it which makes it a good gadget.
We did not play any games on the AR.Drone, but it seems like it could be good. The video delay is slightly annoying but with practice you should be able to get a good gaming experience out of it.
The way I see it the AR.Drone is a perfect combination of two very good things, RC-flying and gaming. The only big drawback is the price. You pretty much need to have a friend willing to dish out the $299 as well in order to take full advantage of the drone’s capabilities.
When all is said and done, the Parrot AR drone is a flying robot with a sophisticated autopilot/stabilization system that is easy to fly from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. It is brilliant fun at a price, which up to this point, for all the technology crammed into this nice little autonomous quadrocopter was unheard of.
As you can obviously tell, I am very impressed with the Parrot AR Drone and although it certainly doesn’t offer the same heart pounding performance of a big single rotorRC helicopter, it will appeal to many more people who just want a fun, stress free, fairly inexpensive RC flying experience right out of the box with the uniqueness offered in a quad rotor platform!
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Again, this is a great toy. I highly recommend it if you are one of those guys or girls who always likes to bring cool stuff to the office to annoy the higher-ups. Couple this with a Nerf Stampede Gun and some Friday afternoon beers and you’ve got a party.
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