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The Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter takes the RC element to an different level by allowing you to control this helicopter from your Smartphone!
How cool is that?
For techies and gadgets loving geeks, or kids in general who want to have the coolest gadgets on the block, the AR.Drone is an awesome toy that will simply blow your mind.
Given that the Drone weights less than a pound and is a small sized piece of highly technical gadgetry, it comes with:
- 2 gyrometers
- 2 cameras
- a 3-axis accelerometer
- an ultrasound sensor
- 4 rotors spinning at 35,000 RPM
- an ARM9 processor
- has an on board Wi-Fi system
The AR.Drone can be used in video games such as AR.FlyingAce.
Controlling the Drone With Your Apple Device
You need to download AR.Freeflight in the APP Store to control the AR.Drone. This requires that you have an iTunes account.
The AR.Drone has its own on-board Wi-Fi system which allows you to control it by using an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. The front camera view is streamed to your piloting device display.
You can fly and battle with other Drone owners via a Wi-Fi network.
Unlike the Syma RC helicopter, the Parrot AR.Drone can be used both indoors and outdoors.
What Is the AR.Drone Made From?
The AR.Drone is made of carbon fiber and high-resistance PA66 plastic.
Overall many people have found the AR.Drone to be a well designed product with great value although many do complain about the duration of the battery which seems to be around 12 minutes and a charge time of 90 minutes.
For this reason, many buyers opt to get an additional battery when they buy the AR.Drone.
All in all, the AR.Drone is a groundbreaking device that easily combines the best of many worlds, including modeling, video gaming and augmented reality.
The Syma S107 Helicopter is another super cool remote controlled toy that you might want to look at.