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04-07-2011 06:59 PM  6 years agoPost 1
Billingsnutz

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Summerville South Carolina/Mobile Alabama

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Anyone try one of these out?

Key Features
Constructed of high strength carbon tube and EPP foam
Control via any iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod Touch® with free software
15W brushless motors, 4 included
Fly indoors and outside
Hands-free launch and landing
Real-time on-screen video feed
Switchable forward and downward facing cameras
On-screen augmented reality games available
Stable flight maintained thanks to onboard sensors
Flight time up to 12 minutes
Top speed of up to 11 MPH
Range of up to 160 feet
Overview
Parrot AR.Drone
The first quadricopter that can be controlled by an iPhone and iPod Touch and iPad.

High teghnology sensors for simple piloting
A mix of captors, wide angle camera, high speed camera and MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems), accelerometer, gyro sensors and ultrasound sensor combine with a powerful on board computer to make piloting the AR Drone easy. Simply use your iPhone or iPod Touch and just tilt and touch to control the AR Drone.

Connect and see
The Parrot AR.Drone generates its own Wi-Fi network to which you connect your iPod Touch or iPhone to control. The front camera view is streamed to your piloting device display.

Autopilot
The AR Drone autopilot allows easy take off and landing. After take off, autopilot stabilizes the AR Drone at a 80 centimeters altitude. When you remove your finger from the iPhone/iPod Touch the autopilot function automatically puts the AR Drone into stationary flight. Lost connection with the AR Drone? Autopilot takes over again and stabilizes the device before attempting a soft and safe landing.

Indoor and outdoor hulls included
The full hull shield protects the AR.Drone from impacts that occur during wild battles against enemies hidden in the rooms of the house. The streamlined colored hull is aerodynamic, allowing greater control outside.

High durability and easy repair
AR.Drone is a quadricopter made in carbon fiber and high resistance PA66 plastic. All parts can be changed for easy repair.

Free piloting App on iTunes
Please download AR.Freeflight on Appstore to control the AR.Drone. iTunes account needed.

Augmented Reality games
Not only see what the AR Drone sees, with the front mounted camera, but enjoy a wide variety of games in augmented reality. AR.Games will be sold on iTunes Appstore. Choose from a selection of single player and multiplayer games, using the AR Drones camera and the Augmented Reality applications. Shoot enemies or other drones.
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iPhone, iPad or an iPod Touch

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04-07-2011 08:07 PM  6 years agoPost 2
BarracudaHockey

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Jacksonville FL

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I've got one

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04-08-2011 12:13 AM  6 years agoPost 3
JOLT

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Baltimore, MD

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I tried my friend's. He showed me how it worked and let me play with it for hours. I got my fill, but really don't need to buy one.

I think I would get bored with it.

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04-08-2011 12:29 AM  6 years agoPost 4
hampilot

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Sparks, NV USA

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yup. sits in the box. I will make you a great deal.

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04-09-2011 02:59 AM  6 years agoPost 5
MinAirUSA

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Bavaria, Germany

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I had one. The concept is very cool, but I found I enjoy rc much more.

Miniature Aircraft

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04-09-2011 04:01 AM  6 years agoPost 6
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Plano, Texas

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It's a neat idea and they are very cool indoors, but I've heard that these things will sometimes get confused and will take off and fly away on their own for as far as they can go before the battery runs out of charge. Apparently they can go for quite a long ways so sometimes the owner never finds them again. Something to do with limited WiFi range.

Watch at YouTube

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04-09-2011 01:44 PM  6 years agoPost 7
BarracudaHockey

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Jacksonville FL

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They go into auto hover mode if you take your finger off the hot spot or if they loose wifi or if your iPhone rings while its flying.

Andy
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05-17-2011 09:19 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Joel Rosenzweig

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Marlborough, MA - USA

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I have the AR Parrot Drone and a Gaui 330X Quadcopter.

The AR Parrot Drone is a phenomenal deal for the money, and it works incredibly well. I was blown away by how good the auto-stabilization system functions. I can literally take my hands off the controls, walk up to the quadcopter, push on it any way I like, and the auto-stabilizer will correct the attitude and get it back into a hover. Holy cow.

The best thing, and truly, this is amazing, is that you can fly the AR Drone with the first person view capability. The Parrot Drone has two video cameras built in, one that faces forward and one that faces down. It sends the video to your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) in real time, and you can fly the quad as if you're in the cockpit. I've flown the Drone indoors this way, and it is fantastic. It inspired me to try some FPV with other models.

So why do I own a Gaui 330X too? The only issue I have with the Parrot Drone is the input system is a touch screen on an iOS device. Having flown helicopters since 1985, but also someone who has played a lot of video games, I'm accustomed to joysticks, and touchscreens, but prefer joysticks infinitely more. So the touchscreen interface is ok, but it's not nearly the same flight experience as what I get with joysticks.

So enter the Gaui. It uses real RC gear, so I use my existing transmitter. The feel of the system is superior in that way. But, out of the box, the Gaui has no FPV and a very limited stabilization system.

They are BOTH toys as far as I am concerned. And they are both FUN. If you're trying to do work with a quad, you'd probably want the extended range of an RC quad, and not be limited by the WiFi on the AR Drone. And, you'd probably appreciate having joysticks. You can alter the electronics on the AR Parrot Drone to install your own RX and patch that into the system so you could control it with your transmitter. It's just an added expense, and, the video would still go over WiFi to your iOS device if you do this. It's not the ultimate solution.

For $300, I don't see how you could go wrong with the Parrot Drone if you're looking for something fun to play with. I've heard of the fly-away problem some have had outdoors. I can't comment on that. It hasn't happened to me yet. ;-)

Joel

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