- by David_W @Jul 27, 2011
The AR.Drone remote-control quadricopter is a groundbreaking device combining the best of many worlds, including modeling, video gaming, and augmented reality. The AR.Drone is remote-controlled by an iPhone and features a number of sensors, including a front camera, vertical camera, and an ultrasound altimeter. The AR.Drone can also be used in video games, such as AR.FlyingAce, a dogfight between two AR.Drones.
The First Quadricopter Controlled by iPhone/iPod touch/iPad
Control with Your Apple Device Thanks to its on-board Wi-Fi system, you can control the Parrot AR.Drone using an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
The Parrot AR.Drone The AR.Drone is the first quadricopter that can be controlled by an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
High-technology Sensors Offer 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 takeoff and landing. After takeoff, autopilot stabilizes the AR.Drone at an 80-centimeter 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.
Fly time: 12 minutes
3-cell lithium polymer battery
Capacity: 1000 mAh
Charge time: 90 minutes
4 x 15 W electric brushless motors (3,500 rpm)
Carbon tube structure
VGA (640 x 480) CMOS camera
93-degree wide-angle lens
15 fps video
QCIF (176 x 144) High-speed camera (CMOS)
64-degree diagonal lens
60 fps video
Range: 6 m
Emission frequency: 40 kHz
Internal guidance system
MEMS (micro electro mechanical system)
1-axis yaw precision gyroscope
ARM9 RISC 32-bit 468 MHz
128 MB DDR RAM
Size: 28 x 28 inches with hull; 29 x 11 inches without
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