Parrot AR Drone
As presented on Channel 5′s popular prime time television programme The Gadget Show, CITV’s Cool Stuff Collective and the BBC’s Top Gear, plus considerable coverage in national newspapers, men’s magazines and the specialist model press. The Parrot AR.Drone advanced Wi-Fi quadricopter represents an unprecedented phenomenon as the ultimate flying toy, featuring four powerful brushless motors providing generous lift from the high performance propellers, combined with a package of sophisticated electronics to make it easy and fun to fly.
Offering the world’s first quadricopter designed to be flown indoors or outside with an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad using touch screen Wi-Fi technology, the augmented reality drone features an autopilot facility to literally take itself off, hover at a predetermined height, and land automatically upon command. Simply tilt the iPhone to make the model travel forwards, backwards and sideways, left or right. Having mastered these basic techniques, slide the virtual throttle forward to climb and hold in a hover, then press land to safely descend.
Diagonal movements will make the AR.Drone spin slowly in either direction, with a clever variable rate adjustment available for increased control. Release the screen for immediate stabilisation. Accidental contact with the rotors will cause them to stop. Suitable for both beginners and experts, the AR.Drone features a robust carbon fibre framework, with a tough expanded polypropylene foam protective body for indoor use. A streamlined hull is provided for flying outside, with pairs of red and green LED lights conveniently fitted front and back to assist orientation, and for added effect.
The AR.Drone generates its own Wi-Fi connection with a range of up to fifty metres, and incorporates an onboard computer. A pair of electronic gyroscopes provide superb directional stability controlling the pitch, roll angle and yaw, even outdoors in light winds. Whilst an ultrasound altimeter maintains the height up to six metres, combined with an accelerometer designed to accurately detect any movement. A vertical and horizontal video camera selectively feed live footage to an on screen display on the iPhone or similar device, with a high speed of sixty frames a second providing stabilisation for the vertical camera. An innovative detection system will identify other AR.Drones, or tagged virtual objects, whilst validating the shots fired against an enemy, when used in conjunction with AR.FlyingAce, downloadable from the App Store.
The brilliant AR.Pursuit flying video game combines augmented reality with actual remote control, allowing interactive combat between up to three quadricopters, with the outdoor hulls available in different attractive colour schemes to facilitate recognition.To show prospective AR.Drone pilots exactly how to operate this sophisticated product, a comprehensive collection of instructional videos are available on the internet to teach both basic and advanced techniques. The AR.Drone includes a high capacity 1,000mAh lithium polymer battery and will fly for up to twelve minutes, whilst recharging in an hour and a half, using the mains charger and alternative international adaptors provided. Parrot’s substantial AR.Drone packaging cleverly incorporates a printed helipad, and includes a fully assembled quadricopter supplied ready-to-fly, after downloading a free copy of AR.FreeFlight from the App Store, and charging the LiPo battery. AR.Drone offered complete with a pre-installed control system, indoor foam body, plus sticker sheet for multiplayer battles, colour coded outdoor hull, mains charger with UK, EU, US/JP and AUS/NZ adaptors, and an informative multilingual flight manual.
A 12 month Parrot manufacturer’s warranty provides cover in respect of defective parts and workmanship, subject to proof of purchase, but does not include damage in use. A full range of replacement parts are available separately, including spare flight batteries.
1 x Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter supplied ready-to-fly
1 x Indoor Hull
1 x Orange/Green Outdoor Hull
1 x 1,000mAh Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Flight Battery
1 x Mains Charger
1 x Multilingual European Instruction Manual
iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch required for operation (not included)