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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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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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Parrot Specchio WiFi/NFC frame: there’s a photo in there among the glare

Parrot Specchio WiFi/NFC frame: there’s a photo in there among the glare

When we first saw Parrot's Specchio digital photo frame, designed by Martin Szekely, it looked to be a promising concept: wireless image transfer, slick appearance, what's not to like, eh?  But this live image of the Specchio in action throws it into a whole new light - or, more accurately, it reflects a whole lot of light from the semi-mirrored glass front-panel and completely washes out the image.

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T-Mobile cameo Reviewed: Great Frame with a few network glitches

T-Mobile cameo Reviewed: Great Frame with a few network glitches

The T-Mobile cameo might have featured big in the carrier's holiday announcement yesterday, but it's actually been a long time coming.  Originally announced as the Parrot DF7700 back in October 2007, the 7-inch, 720 x 480 digital photo frame allows you to load images not only via a memory card but from MMS and email messages thanks to its integrated cellular modem.  Yahoo! Tech have been putting the $100 frame through its paces.

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T-Mobile MOTOZINE ZN5, Samsung Behold & Gravity, cameo MMS photo frame announced

T-Mobile MOTOZINE ZN5, Samsung Behold & Gravity, cameo MMS photo frame announced

T-Mobile USA have announced four new devices as part of their holiday lineup, the Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5, Samsung Behold, T-Mobile cameo and Samsung Gravity.  The MOTOZINE ZN5 is a 5-megapixel Kodak-powered digital camera with autofocus and a Xenon flash, including one-touch uploads to the Kodak online gallery.  Meanwhile the Samsung Behold - leaked earlier today - is the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Tocco, with a large touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera and haptic feedback.

More T-Mobile details on the new devices after the cut

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