AR Drone

Drone Ace offers much more control of AR.Drone than official app

Drone Ace offers much more control of AR.Drone than official app

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.

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Parrot names Horizon Hobby as distributor for AR.Drone in the US and Canada

Parrot names Horizon Hobby as distributor for AR.Drone in the US and Canada

We have a major infatuation with the AR.Drone around here. The thing flies, it's remote controlled, and control is handled by the iPhone or iPad. Add that in with the hackable nature of the device with geeks adding some cool features to the flying machine.

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iPhone Conrolled Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter Gets Augmented Reality Chase Game for iOS

iPhone Conrolled Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter Gets Augmented Reality Chase Game for iOS

This game is called AR.Pursuit and it'll make controlling your flying machine all the more fantastic with augmented reality - available at the end of November in the Apple App Store. It's a two-player game where you control your AR.Drone VS a friend's, blasting away at them with missiles and machine guns, playing cat and dog in a real world / virtual reality world simulation. It's so weird! It's so wild! It looks like so much fun!

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Parrot AR.Drone Available for Preorder Now, Ships September 3rd for $299

Parrot AR.Drone Available for Preorder Now, Ships September 3rd for $299

Parrot's AR.Drone is one of the greatest pieces of gadgetry and tech we've played with in awhile, and that goes beyond our love for flying objects that we can control. The quadricopter, which we managed to get some hands-on time with back at the end of June, is keeping right on track with its time frame, and it's available for preorder right now.

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Parrot AR.Drone hands-on [Video]

Parrot AR.Drone hands-on [Video]

Now with a solid release date and price, Parrot's AR.Drone is looking all the more exciting. A four-rotor indoor and outdoor flying machine, complete with dual-cameras and an iOS control app, the AR.Drone certainly ticks most of the geek checkboxes. We stopped by the London launch to try our hand at piloting the quadricopter, and to see whether - unlike some other recent R/C helicopters - it really is as idiot-proof as Parrot claim. Check out our video demos and more after the cut.

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Parrot AR.Drone official: $299 from September

Parrot AR.Drone official: $299 from September

Parrot's AR.Drone was the surprise hit of CES 2010, and it seemed that even the French company themselves were overwhelmed by interest in the iPhone-controlled quadricopter.  Since then they've been stringing us along with the promise of a full launch at E3 2010, and that moment has finally come. The Parrot AR.Drone will hit the US in September 2010, priced at $299.

Video demos after the cut

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Parrot AR.Drone officially launching at E3 2010

Parrot AR.Drone officially launching at E3 2010

Parrot kept telling us that their AR.Drone was set to launch in 2010, and after a while you start to wonder whether the iPhone-controlled quadricopter really is destined for shipping or was only ever likely to be (very cool) vaporware.  Now the French company promises to reveal all - including pricing and release dates - at E3 2010 on June 15th.

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Parrot AR.Drone gets dogfight demo [Video]

Parrot AR.Drone gets dogfight demo [Video]

We can't get enough of the Parrot AR.Drone iPhone-controlled quadricopter, and our all-too-brief play at CES back in January was enough to convince us that this is one "toy" we'll be asking for when it launches later in 2010.  Parrot have released a new video of the AR.Drone in action, this time with two of the units taking to the skies for an aerial battle.

Video demo after the cut

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Parrot AR.Drone hands-on at CES 2010

Parrot AR.Drone hands-on at CES 2010

We've always had a soft-spot for remote control helicopters here at SlashGear, and so Parrot's AR.Drone quadricopter - which throws iPod touch/iPhone remote control, video streaming, augmented reality gaming and military-spec auto-pilot functionality into the mixture - was bound to appeal. We caught up with Parrot at CES Unveiled this evening to grab some hands-on photos and video; check out our first-impressions after the cut.

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Parrot AR.Drone WiFi helicopter gets augmented reality iPhone control

Parrot AR.Drone WiFi helicopter gets augmented reality iPhone control

We primarily know Parrot as a purveyor of all things Bluetooth, but now the French company is segueing into remote controlled devices.  The Parrot AR.Drone is a quadricopter - i.e. a four-propellor helicopter - that's packed with WiFi for remote-control from an iPhone or iPod touch, two video cameras (one for auto-pilot, another for streaming birds-eye footage back to the pilot) and various sensors and gyroscopes.  Parrot are also releasing an SDK so that developers can create games and other software such as augmented reality (AR).

Multiple video demos after the cut

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