We get our hands on Parrot's latest iPhone toy: a remote control AR.Drone helicopter with a camera and Wi-Fi
The Parrot AR.Drone wearing an outdoor hull for high visibility.
A second camera in the Parrot AR.Drone's base allows it to hover and remain stationary when not under control, and also allows it to counter any minor wind turbulence.
A close-up of the Parrot AR.Drone's front-facing video camera.
The Parrot AR.Drone is supplied with two different hulls, for indoor and outdoor flying. The indoor hull, shown here, has protection for the propellers against obstacles.
[[artnid:369012|At a launch in Sydney today]] we got the chance to take a look at -- and play with -- Parrot's latest wireless gadget. The AR.Drone connects to any Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and uses the device's touchscreen and tilt sensors for control. Using a camera in the AR.Drone's front, you can view your surroundings through the controlling iPhone or iPad and guide the AR.Drone past obstacles.
Cristina Sanz from Parrot introduced [[artnid:369012|the AR.Drone]], which will be available from 30 November.
The Parrot AR.Drone will be available from Telstra and Fonezone stores for $349.
The Parrot AR.Drone has a front-facing camera which displays video on the screen of the controlling Apple iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Using the downloadable iOS application, the Parrot AR.Drone is able to be controlled via touchscreen and tilt sensor input. If control is lost, the AR.Drone returns to a horizontal orientation and hovers.
The outdoor shell offers reduced wind resistance and is available in four easily visible colour combinations.
Another look at the Parrot AR.Drone's outdoor hull.
A demonstration of the Parrot AR.Drone with telemetry from the iPhone shown on the rear screens.
The Parrot AR.Drone takes off under the careful control of a Parrot engineer.
The AR.Drone's four rotors allow for roll, pitch, yaw and tilt.
A close-up of the Parrot AR.Drone in flight.
Two Parrot AR.Drones hover menacingly.
A close-up of the Parrot AR.Drone about to land on your valiant photographer.
The Parrot AR.Drone after landing. The AR.Drone can automatically land once a button is pressed on the controlling iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
A close-up of one of the Parrot AR.Drone's rotors.
The base of the Parrot AR.Drone has a camera, speakers and a mysterious USB port.
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