Parrot’s AR.Drone flys high at CES Unveiled

by Mark R

CIMG2216What you see here is not a UFO appearing at CES Unveiled, but Parrot’s new product. Yes, this is Parrot, who has produced some quality digital picture frames, Bluetooth devices, and speakers, but never anything like this. This would be like Logitech making an awesome armored tank.

There was a swarm of cameras around this identified flying object at the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas, and it was not hard to see why. What you can’t see is that this quadricopter can be controlled by an iPhone or iPod Touch. You also might not be able to see the front camera shooting at 15 fps at a resolution of 640 x 480 and can stream video to the iPhone/iPod Touch.

The purpose of the AR.Drone is not to simply create a flying vehicle, but Parrot has taken it one step further. Their intention is to make the software open source, so that programmers will be able to create games for the AR.Drone. Just imagine a little augmented reality, and the simple flight becomes a daring mission. These games are intended to be played with other users via Wi-Fi Network.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any word when the AR.Drone will be available, nor a price. I can’t believe that the price will be anything but expensive. I can easily see the AR.Drone sweeping the nation, as it was the coolest thing that I have seen at CES 2010 so far.

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Voice controlled Quad-copter out of MIT » Coolest Gadgets Says: March 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

[…] loved seeing Parrot’s AR.Drone at CES, and I had just as much fun watching the video of this quad-copter, created by the Robust Robotics […]

GRASP Labs creates quad copters to pick up things » Coolest Gadgets Says: July 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm

[…] isn’t the first time we have covered flying drone robots such as the Parrot Ar.Drone, or the voice-controlled one at […]

Vin Says: November 27, 2010 at 10:53 am

Can’t get replacement parts!!! I bought a AR Parrot Drone at Brookstone but they don’t sell or can’t even order most of the parts you would need to fix a broken drone. You will wait for MONTHS for parts. DO NOT buy one until the manufacturer can provide replacement parts. Lots of fun until it broke!!

Parrot ASTEROID brings Android to the car receiver » Coolest Gadgets Says: January 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

[…] I am very pleased with what I see from Parrot at CES every year. Last year, it was the AR.Drone, and this year, it is the […]

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