AR.Drone: The first quadricopter controlled by iPhone and iPod touch (with video)

Parrot has unveiled the AR.Drone, the first quadricopter that can be controlled by iPhone and iPod touch.

Thanks to the accelerometer in the iPhone and iPod touch that’s constantly detecting users’ movements, the AR.Drone is very easy to pilot by leaning the iPhone forward or sideways to corner or change direction. On the iPhone’s Multi-Touch™ screen, command buttons provide rise, down, rotate, back, forward, etc. AR.Drone is designed for flying inside and outside. Features include autopilot, Wi-FI, two cameras, ultrasound sensor and more.

Pilots see the AR.Drone’s camera output in real time on their iPhone and iPod touch screens.


Direct link via YouTube here.

The release date is listed as “2010” and no pricing information is currently available.

More info here.

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37 Comments

  1. I shall now watch the video, and because I am a very enthusiastic and pretty experienced pilot of microscale vehicles and r/c planes, I may want one of these very badly. Just one thing: accelerometric control? Hmmm? (Anyone heard of X-Plane 9 for iPhone?) It needs to be included.

  2. While working for an RC company (the very shite Ripmax) a year or so ago I visualised this very concept though a tri-copter to be precise. They weren’t interested. Just knew it wouldn’t be long before a more forward thinking company saw the potential. Win some lose some.

  3. This cool setup also has augmented reality games included in the iPhone/Touch end, so for example, you can battle your friend if he/she has one as well by launching missiles at them that you can see on your iPhone. Very cool.
    You can see other videos on their site.
    I’m not affiliated to this company. I just saw the videos yesterday, then I sent links about this to MDN.

  4. wifi works with point of view so if its in the air it would have greater range as long as the router or wifi device is in view you would have good range. i defiantly want one i was going to buy a wowee rovio this income tax but now i have my eye on a new toy for income tax

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