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20Jan/100

Not quite what I expected from Parrot

Parrot AR DroneBut ace, it's a new remote control helicopter from Parrot (yes the car bluetooth people wtf?) Called the AR.Drone, it's a “quadricopter” that can be controlled and viewed with an IPhone through a WiFi connection.

What really sets this apart is that you can control it with your IPhone using the accelerometers which will sense which way you tip the phone and maneuver the AR.Drone accordingly. The quadricopter also has a couple of cameras on board, one for “seeing” what the AR.Drone sees real-time through the iPhone, but also another camera on the bottom which can track speed and help the ‘copter maintain a still flight.

As if that’s not enough Parrot has also released an open platform allowing developers to create augmented reality games through the iPhone for the AR.Drone. No details on pricing or release date yet but it's likely to be this year.

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