Remember the AR.Drone? Well, its manufacturer, Parrot, has announced that it will be getting an upgrade. The new version features a brand new look and, now, can record video in 720p HD resolution.
The quadacopter design hasn’t received much change – it stil features the same 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer; and the placement of the four blades. However, there is now a pressure sensor that gives it some stability in mid-air.
There is also a new version of the app to control it, the AR.FreeFlight 2.0, which lets you update the software, quick access to an overview and tutorials on how to use it, and upload the video to YouTube for everyone to see. In addition, this will now be available for both the iOS App Store and the Android Market.
Manoeuvring the quadacopter, however, is still the same. Use the two on-screen controls and your body to move it. Lean forward to move it forward, lean back to move it back, and leaning left and right will do the same.
The United States will see this product in stores in Q2 this year for US$299. Australian availability, however, is unknown (could be sometime in November/December like the previous version)