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The recently announced AR.Drone from Parrot may be the coolest toy I’ve ever seen. The AR.Drone quadricopter is controlled by iPhone & iPod Touch via wifi and provides a live video stream from the unit’s ‘cockpit’. It uses a second onboard cam facing downward to measure speed and compensate for turbulence, and in case of signal loss an autopilot control kicks in to handle landing. The unit is billed primarily as an augmented reality system for gaming, but looks like it’d be a ton of fun without any virtual goals. Parrot also offers an SDK for those interested in making applications for use with the AR.Drone. Look forward to seeing what devs come up with!

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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  1. Bill Coleman says:

    Use this to keep on eye on the crowd, and the cops at demonstration. Instant crime reporter! With the evidence uploaded instantly to youtube, everyone will be on their best behavior . . . or else!

  2. daniel1307 says:

    so cool, it look like UFO. I pay attention to the product already has a period of time, it looks very good.

  3. AaronJones13 says:

    The AR.Drone quadricopter is quite different with others, it looks very good, I like it.