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Brain-controlled Parrot quadricopter opens door to robot-limb future

Brain-controlled Parrot quadricopter opens door to robot-limb future

Non-invasive brain control over robotic limbs, computers, and other technology is one step closer, with a new project that allows full navigation of a Parrot AR.Drone simply by thinking about it. The research, the handiwork of a biomedical engineering team at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and published this week in the Journal of Neural Engineering, pairs Parrot's WiFi-connected quadricopter with an EEG headset that measures brain activity through the scalp. By imagining different gestures and movements, the pilot can control the drone without moving a muscle.

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NVIDIA Project SHIELD pilots a Parrot AR.Drone quadcopter

NVIDIA Project SHIELD pilots a Parrot AR.Drone quadcopter

The folks at graphics company NVIDIA have been seen piloting a mobile-friendly quadcopter device this week with their own upcoming Project SHIELD Android handset. Project SHIELD is NVIDIA's first in-house all-NVIDIA piece of hardware made for the consumer market and will be pushed to the public later this year, while the device it was spotted controlling has been out for some time: the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0. This Parrot device is one notoriously mobile device-friendly and was originally built to be controlled by the Apple iPad.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 GPS Flight recorder hands-on

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 GPS Flight recorder hands-on

Parrot is showing off some new features of their newer AR.Drone 2.0 remote-controlled quadricopter here at CES, and one of the new products they have on tap is a GPS "flight recorder" that video-records all your flights, and the accompanying iPad app lets you make edits to the video, like color adjustments and stability improvements.

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Parrot Zikmu Solo keeps the gigantic mobile accessory trend hot

Parrot Zikmu Solo keeps the gigantic mobile accessory trend hot

With speaker docks getting as giant as a coffin this year for devices galore, it's no wonder that accessories like the Parrot Zikmu Solo are as living room-worthy as they are. What we've got with the Zikmu Solo is a tower-like speaker that works either wirelessly or connected to your iOS device - or any speaker-cord-capable device with 100W of power under its hood. This device works with stereo output, a single unit speaker, and three loudspeakers on the upper part - as described here in detail, of course.

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Parrot partners with senseFly and Pix4D on mapping UAVs

Parrot partners with senseFly and Pix4D on mapping UAVs

Parrot, the maker of the famous AR.Drone, has today announced two new ventures with companies chasing similar goals. The first is a $2.5 million investment with aerial mapping specialist Pix4D. That will see drones creating mapping solutions and geographical information using Pix4D's software. Pix4D will be providing the necessary imaging algorithms that helps the drones make 3D maps of the areas they fly over, while Parrot’s investment will help boost development.

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Parrot ZIK super-advanced headphones priced and dated for US

Parrot ZIK super-advanced headphones priced and dated for US

Parrot has confirmed pricing and availability for its advanced ZIK touch-activated Bluetooth headphones, with the app-supported pair shipping in the US from July 27. The Philippe Starck designed cans feature touch-sensitive surfaces on the outside of the earpiece, allowing wearers to adjust volume and skip through tracks simply by swiping a fingertip against them. However, style and performance like that doesn't come cheap.

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Parrot AR.Drone controlled via wearable Android headset

Parrot AR.Drone controlled via wearable Android headset

Ever since first coming to the market, Parrot's AR.Drone has found a wide variety of uses thanks to its agile nature combined with a camera able to pipe video directly to your smartphone. Controlling the drone and seeing video on such small screens hasn’t always been ideal, though. Thomas Sohmers, tech geek and inventor, has come up with an alternate method of controlling the drone while keeping an eye on the feed.

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AR.Drone 2.0 pre-orders to kickoff March 1

AR.Drone 2.0 pre-orders to kickoff March 1

If you are a big fan of the first Parrot AR.Drone, you be glad to hear this. The second version of that cool iPhone controlled flying machine is going on pre-order starting March 1. The latest version is called the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and it looks very similar to the original. The new version has an integrated camera so you can see from on high, and it comes with several accessories.

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Parrot’s ZIK by Starck hands-on

Parrot’s ZIK by Starck hands-on

Parrot has announced premium quality wireless headphones with features not currently offered on other headsets. Behind both earmuffs resides microphones providing 'anti-noise' to help regulate unwanted sounds. They also suggest the audio 'Concert Hall Effect' will provide a live-sound experience.

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