We were all pretty wowed back in January of last year when Parrot introduced their Parrot.AR quadrotor drone. Wowed because A) it’s a quadrotor, and we’re still kind of on our collective honeymoon with the quadrotor concept in general; B) its fancy fly-by-wire system makes it so stable and easy to fly that virtually no training or practice is required; C) it’s controlled wirelessly using a smartphone or tablet; D) it has full telemetry, accepting wireless commands and sending back real-time video, E) you can use it to play augmented-reality flying video games, F) it’s made with carbon-fiber composite, specially designed propellers, and other high-tech, high-performance bits.
There are probably a few more letters I could add, but you get the point: The Parrot.AR drone is manifold awesome. And on top of it all, the December Parrot.AR drone teardown on iFixIt saw one of the highest repairability scores that our pals over there have ever awarded. They cite the Parrot.AR’s repair-friendly design, the use of easily demountable fasteners, connectors, and subassemblies, and great repair support from Parrot itself, including readily available replacement parts and a series of how-to-fix it videos on the Parrot.AR site. And while a certain amount of repair-friendly design is just common sense in any R/C aircraft, common sense is not always so common, and even in the R/C market Parrot’s repairability still goes above and beyond the norm.
So congratulations, Parrot! Welcome to the running for the 2011 Makeys.
- Makey Awards 2011 Nominee 01: Microsoft Kinect, “Most Hackable Gadget”
- Makey Awards 2011 Nominee 02: Panavise, “Most Repair-Friendly”
- Makey Awards 2011 Nominee 03: Volkswagen’s Fun Theory, “Best Education / Outreach Program”
- Makey Awards 2011 Nominee 04: Korg Monotron, “Best Product Documentation”
- Makey Awards 2011 Nominee 05: Google Android, “Most Hackable Gadget”
If you have a suggestion for a company to be nominated for “Most Repair Friendly,” or one of the other three 2011 Makey awards, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or just leave a comment, below.