Our geeky little hearts were all aflutter when the AR.Drone first launched with its iPhone control app and easy to fly nature. It is also very cool that the AR.Drone turned out to be such a hackable little flying machine for geeks to play with. A new app has surfaced called Drone Ace that adds in some features that will have fans of the AR.Drone running to get their wallets. The new app is called Drone Ace and you can grab it on the App Store right now.
Parrot's AR.Drone - which we reviewed over the weekend - is clever, but it still requires a meat pilot; strap on a Kinect sensor bar, meanwhile, and a quadrocopter is capable of going it alone. The autonomous 'copter is the handiwork of the Hybrid Systems lab at the University of California at Berkeley, with the Kinect feeding positioning data to an onboard 1.6GHz Atom Ubuntu computer.
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Parrot is probably best known to most of us for the cool AR.Drone and all the different Bluetooth gear the company has been peddling for years. Parrot is into OEM offerings like Bluetooth hands free systems for cars and trucks as well. Some details of a new product using Android have surfaced in a Frost & Sullivan interview with Parrot's Global OEM Director Eric Riyahi.
Today's remote control vehicles - like the Swann Quad Starship - aren't like the simple wired-and-one-way cars of the past. What we've got now are machines that do just about anything, controlled with your smartphone or remotely, flying, diving, and driving like mad. The Swan Quad Starship only does a few of these things - it's essentially a return to the basics (with flight intact).
The world is ever changing, and in the next half a decade or so, we could find ourselves living in a science fiction-esque world where our goods are delivered by drones -- except when hijacked by other drones. Such seems to be the idea behind the SkyJack, a drone constructed from a Parrot AR.Drone 2 and a Raspberry Pi board, among other things, that can function autonomously and create sky-bound zombies.
Delivered in NVIDIA SHIELD is the first full-fledged mobile device crossover into the desktop gaming universe. SHIELD is an Android-based physical gaming controller with its own clamshell hinge-attached display, powered by NVIDIA's newest mobile processor, stepping up as what the company claims is the world's most powerful mobile gaming device. With NVIDIA's Tegra 4 SoC under the hood and the ability to play Android games and stream high-powered PC games from NVIDIA GeForce GTX processor-toting gaming rigs, NVIDIA proves that they're essentially right on the money.
Planning on bringing up your NERF gun game this summer and are simply stuck for what to do now that you've got the NERF Vulcan at home? Tired of actually pulling the trigger yourself? This week the folks at Instructables have decided it's high time NERF got automatic and made with the conjuring: full on rapid-fire motion-tracking toy projectile firing the likes of which won't be cheap, but won't produce regret, either.
The launch of NVIDIA's SHIELD device has been done in a rather unique way - one in which we've seen and actually played with the device several times before we've gotten a review unit for final testing purposes. Now that we've got the final hardware in the house, and now that it's in it's final packaging ready for the market, it's time again to look at SHIELD for the first time.
This week NVIDIA has made a rather important decision regarding the launch of their first Android handheld device SHIELD. Instead of shipping at the original announcement date (that was today, mind you), SHIELD has gotten a bit of a push forward to July in favor of a solid launch. The reason for this change is said by the company to be relating to a mechanical issue relating to a 3rd party component.