The guards around the props make it far more resistance to damage … Why should DHS have all the fun. No armaments for now…
AR.Drone was a fun, albeit expensive toy ($299) when it arrived two years ago, but the new flyer promises an updated design and fresh features that put it much closer to the realm of your own personal spy drone.
AR.Drone 2.0 Tutorial video #2 : Pilot
When Parrot introduced the AR.Drone phone-controlled flying toy two years ago at CES 2010, it made quite a buzz. The pizza-box-sized flyer let enterprising pilots fly via their iPhones, seeing the world through the toy’s low-rez camera on their iPhone screen. Parrot won’t say how many devices they sold, but did note that they did well enough to warrant version 2.
AR.Drone 2.0, unveiled here at CES 2012, still costs $299, but is now stuffed with far more pro-level features and even offers a somewhat sleeker and, according to Parrot, more resilient design.
Parrot, a Paris, France-based company with over 250 developers, has transformed AR.Drone from a fun toy to a flying robot that could attract everyone from amateur pilots to film directors. The camera now shoots 720p video (fixed lens and no flash). It shoots and, more importantly, captures stills and videos, which are automatically delivers to your phone or tablet via a Wi-Fi connection.