A flying drone is Apple's newest collaboration with the Parrot company, another global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones. It is the first quadricopter that can be controlled by an iPod touchÂ®, iPhoneÂ® or iPadâ„¢. First plane models of this "must-have" augmented reality game were shipped to aspiring pilots over the Labor Day Weekend. Sure to be on everyone's Christmas list, the AR. Drone can be used interactively with other drone pilots.
The AR. Drone is more like a flying video game, generates it's own WiFi network and is remotely controlled by either Apple's iPod touchÂ®, iPhoneÂ® or iPadâ„¢. Extremely easy to fly either indoors or out, and there's even an AR. Drone Pilot's Academy. The multiplayer game, named AR.Flying Ace, makes it possible to have a battle between two AR.Drone. Hulls are available in three different colors to easily identify your AR.Drone. Video game interactivity for real.
"Once in-flight, the accelerometer of the iPod touch/iPhone/iPad detects all of the movements and the AR.Drone will mirror all movements made by the iPod touch iPhone/ iPad while the pilot's left thumb is on the control button."
Each AR.Drone includes:
-- AR.Drone with internal hull
-- 1 external hull
-- 1 battery
-- 1 battery charger and 4-pin mains adapter
-- 1 set of stickers
-- 1 quick start guide
and retails for $299.00. There are several different drone designs for interactive flying among friends.
The Parrot company is a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, and headquartered in Paris. The AR. Drone was initially designed for the Apple platforms and will also be available on other platforms in the next few months.
Find the AR. Drone at Brookstone.com.