Parrot AR.Drone Official Launch Date & Price Point Announced

Sat, Jun 19, 2010

iPad, iPhone, Mobile

You may remember some hype last year regarding a quadricopter that you control with your iPhone. During E3 this past week, Parrot officially announced that the quadricopter, named the Parrot AR.Drone, was not just a teaser; the device and software will be releasing in the U.S. in September of this year.

The AR.Drone is a Wi-Fi controlled peripheral in the guise of a quadricopter, a high-tech RC helicopter with four rotors that looks vaguely insect-like. The device is piloted by you through your mobile Apple device in two different modes: Beginner and Ace. Beginner mode will offer two buttons and make use of the accelerometer, while Ace will use a single tactile button for experts. The AR.Drone is made of carbon fiber and PA66 plastic and includes two gyrometers, one ultrasound sensor and two cameras.

But wait, there’s more. The AR.Drone is not just a really fancy toy; it’s going to be arriving on the market with several Augmented Reality games. The device will recognize objects in the real world and translate them into in-game items, like obstacles, monsters, or robots that you as the player will have to interact with. Parrot AR.Drone will be launching at $299.00, with three games available on the App Store to accompany it. The games are AR.FreeFlight, a mandatory free application that allows you to pilot the software; AR.Dronegate, a solo game where you protect your base and destroy enemies; and AR.FlyingAce, allowing you to conduct massive aerial battles.

Developers are being encouraged to develop for the device. The AR.Drone’s software is open source and so far over 450 developers have registered for the SDK. You can get more info regarding development for the Parrot AR.Drone here. Keep tabs on Parrot and the AR.Drone over on the Parrot Blog.

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