January 11, 2012
Parrot Shows Off New Quadricopter At CES
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Parrot introduced its new AR.Drone 2.0 high-tech quadricopter at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
The flying quadricopter earned its stripes at last year's CES by introducing a vehicle that could be operated with an iPhone or iPad that is also equipped with a camera.
The all new AR.Drone 2.0 has been updated to offer high-definition recording while flying, flight data sharing, increased flight stability and a new piloting mode.
The drone's camera can recognize shapes and colors to show augmented-reality elements on a smartphone's screen.
The AR.Drone 2.0's software, which is available from Apple's AppStore and Google's Android Market, offers users the option to upload videos of their flights to share with the world.
Flight data such as altitude, speed, and duration and location can be saved using the FreeFlight program offered with the AR.FreeFlight 2.0 application.
Parrot also updated the drone with its new "Absolute Control" mode, giving players a better orientation so that their smartphone becomes the quadricopter's front camera reference point for motion and tilt.
A second camera is equipped beneath the drone that is connected to the central inertial unit to measure the craft's speed.
Parrot is also offering developers a kit to create new flying games and applications for the AR.Drone 2.0.
Parrot said its new quadricopter will be available for purchase at select retailers in the U.S. sometime in the second quarter of 2012 for $299.
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