If you often find yourself in arguments with your friends over which type of gaming is better- console or mobile- next time, remind them that you can’t use an AR Drone to play video games on the Xbox and see how they take that.
The Parrot AR.Drone is a flying gadget that is controlled exclusively by iOS and Android devices. Users connect the AR.Drone to their device using Wi-Fi to control movement. There are two cameras on the flying machine that can be viewed on the iPad’s screen.
It features a 720p HD camera with a wide-angle lens that streams video and snaps JPEG shots. The on-board technology give users “extreme precision control” and automatic stabilization features. The gadget is made from carbon fiber tubes and nylon plastic parts. The motors are strong enough to send the quad-copter high into the sky.
The AR.Drone Academy is an app that lets users track flight data including altitude, speed and duration for each time you take off. All flights are geo-located and the Academy app lets you share hotspots, including areas to stay away from while you are flying.
Parrot also makes Augmented reality games that integrated the AR.Drone’s movement. For example, you could be in the backyard, attacking virtual aliens using your real life four-rotor helicopter.
AR.Rescue is a first-person piloting game using Augmented Reality. Players place the AR.Drone target on the ground and open the app. When the game starts, use the iPad or iPhone to control the physical drone as you watch the screen to see it collecting blocks and shooting down enemies.
I’ll bet your PlayStation 3 can’t do that.
The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 can be purchased from Apple’s online store for $299.95. The AR.Rescue app is free and is available in the App Store today.
Check out the video below to see the AR.Drone being used along with the Augmented Reality game AR.Rescue.