Parrot AR.Drone – The Invasion Begins
E3 is supposed to bring the glamorous to town, and this year’s event is the same with news of the Parrot AR.Drone being unveiled alongside its pricing details. It will retail for less than three Benjamins as it hits the US sometime this September, and are excited to see how the first quadricopter for video games and piloted by Wi-Fi will fare in terms of sales. While it might have skipped the summer season in that part of the world, hopefully those who are going to spend their holidays with close and loved ones can have some fun with the Parrot AR.Drone – after all, making frenzied purchases are all part of the crazy holiday shopping experience, not to mention helping boost the nation’s economy.
The Parrot AR.Drone quadricopter will rely on augmented reality technology and can be piloted by an iPod touch, an iPhone or an iPad. As you all know, most of the user interface on Apple devices are seamless and a joy to use, which makes it extremely intuitive for one to handle the Parrot AR.Drone with previously mentioned Apple devices, allowing the pilot to achieve spectacular flights while playing video games in augmented reality for an unparalleled gaming experience. The front camera will broadcast and stream what the drone sees onto your iPod touch or iPhone screen, where image processing software makes way for the integration of real-time special effects of augmented reality.
Thanks to its shaped cockpit driven by four propellers with brushless motors, the Parrot AR.Drone boasts excellent maneuverability and stability during piloting. Since it will operate on its own Wi-Fi network, there is no need for a dedicated Internet connection or a router – all you need to do is hook it up to your iPod touch or iPhone and you’re good to go, after installing the “AR.FreeFlight” application, of course, to turn you into a true blue homegrown pilot. You can choose from Beginner or Ace piloting modes, where obviously the latter requires much more skill but offers a whole lot more satisfaction in return.