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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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The Daily Slash: June 15th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 15th 2010

It's a late Tuesday night, and you're probably trying to find something to do. Well, good thing we've got you covered here at SlashGear, because we're up late with you, bringing you the tail-end of a busy, busy day. Hopefully you're caught up on all your E3 news, because we promise there's only one bit of news here related to that. So, then you'll be caught up. First, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got instructions for you to root your myTouch Slide, we've got a Drone that you can buy later this year, and then Sony Ericsson adds Skype to some phones. In the Dredge 'Net, Move your way to pre-order status, US Apple Stores are (finally) sold out of iPhone 4s, and Verizon's on track with their LTE deployment.

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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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Parrot RKi8400 head-unit with iPhone support and Bluetooth A2DP

Parrot RKi8400 head-unit with iPhone support and Bluetooth A2DP

Parrot have announced their latest head-unit, the iPhone-compatible RKi8400, which eschews a dull old CD player for Bluetooth A2DP streaming, an SD card slot, iPod/iPhone connectivity, USB PMP support and standard line-in ports.  It also works as a Bluetooth hands-free kit, with the Parrot RKi8400 having a 2.4-inch color LCD display text-to-speech support and a 7-band equalizer.

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Kenwood eXcelon DNX9140 touchscreen navigator with Parrot Bluetooth

Kenwood eXcelon DNX9140 touchscreen navigator with Parrot Bluetooth

Kenwood have announced [via] a set of new in-dash touchscreen navigation and media players, all but one of which include Parrot Bluetooth functionality for using the system as a hands-free kit.  The range kicks off with the eXcelon DNX9140, Kenwood's new flagship, with a DVD player, 6.95-inch WVGA display, integrated Garmin navigation, and voice control.  It's also capable of 5.1 surround sound, via an onboard decoder, and can link to and control your iPod, iPhone or mass storage device.

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