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Doing my best Arnold Schwarzenegger impression, the new toy from technology firm Parrot has me shouting "Get to da choppa!!!" In what has to be one of the most intriguing...
01-08-2010, 07:38 AM #1
Will iPhone Controlled Helicopter "Fly"?
Doing my best Arnold Schwarzenegger impression, the new toy from technology firm Parrot has me shouting "Get to da choppa!!!" In what has to be one of the most intriguing and futuristic "toys" to roll out in some time, an augmented reality toy helicopter has everyone talking. The "AR.Drone" as its known, is a fully functional toy helicopter capable of being controlled from the iPhone or iPod Touch.
USA Today is out with coverage of the super cool toy that is getting no shortage of attention this week coming out of CES.
Moving the iPhone or iPod Touch, which have built-in accelerometers, directs the toy helicopter forward and backward and turning and other directions. Buttons on the iPhone make it go up or down. The chopper has four propellers and two on-board video cameras. One camera assists in flight, the other broadcasts video back to the device. That's where game developers could use the toy's capabilities to create augmented reality games to play in the real world, says Parrot founder Henri Seydoux.
Adding the AR.Drone to a game could get gamers off the couch, he says. "You are not playing in front of a display, you are playing in your backyard in reality, you are piloting in reality. You will see that is much more interesting because you have to factor in the wind and places you can hide for real," Seydoux says.
Parrot is demonstrating the AR.Drone at the Consumer Electronics Show and talking to game developers who might want to use the technology. "This will bring imagination to the game space," Seydoux says. "It is a new kind of gaming platform."
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01-08-2010, 07:50 AM #2
Ok now thats cool !!!, im going to be poor lol i need the apple tablet and this chopper, i just hope no one calls me while im flying it lol
01-08-2010, 08:00 AM #3
Nice! But pricey!
01-08-2010, 08:55 AM #4
I'll look into buying Version 2.0
You know, the one that will be $150 and have higher resolution cameras and better motors
01-08-2010, 08:57 AM #5
Too bad you won't be able to play with your Heli because your iPhone will be at home being a security camera...
01-08-2010, 09:06 AM #6
Phone rings..$500 toy crashes to the ground..Crying ensues..
01-08-2010, 09:30 AM #7
That's so cool. What's next. Control for unmanned aerial vehicles.
01-08-2010, 09:30 AM #8
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A bit too pricey now if the price was around $300... I would probably buy it...
01-08-2010, 10:06 AM #9
I've been flying RC helicopters for years. My least expensive (smallest) one is about $1500. They go up from there. A typical crash is about $50-$75 on the small one and can go as high as $500-$1000 for the larger one. Blades, which usually get damaged in a crash, run anywhere from $20 (small) to $250 (large).
This chopper will be much more stable (with 4 sets of blades and 2 gyros). Seems like a $500 price tag is not unreasonable.
01-08-2010, 10:18 AM #10
01-08-2010, 10:18 AM #11
Hi, YES this gadget is absolutely incredible and a MUST HAVE, too !!! Feel free to join us at Twitter
AR.Drone Battles (ARDroneBattles) on Twitter
and / or
AR.Drone Battles | Facebook
We start local (and later nationwide) battles respectively combats ;-) Can't wait for its release!
Plz spread the word and join us...
01-08-2010, 10:34 AM #12
01-08-2010, 10:45 AM #13
really f'in coolThis is getting a lil' ridiculous...
01-08-2010, 11:17 AM #14
Looks pretty cool, I think ppl will play with it for awhile but get bored and move on, especially since you'll have to recharge your phone afterward. I guess some ppl who are willing to pay $500+ for it might use it more often though. Personally I wouldn't pay that much money for something that could ultimately crash to the ground and brake, especially with me controlling it, I just don't trust myself! Plus you have to get up off the couch to use it
01-08-2010, 11:37 AM #15
Now...about that reception problem!?!
01-08-2010, 11:48 AM #16
Wow, go figure... a cell phone that can fly a plane, turn on a tv, send commands to my vcr and home security system, but still has trouble getting good service and needed multiple model upgrades to finally achieve it original marketed promises.
It's a damn good thing (for Apple/AT&T) that tv remotes don't make cell phone calls!
01-08-2010, 12:15 PM #17
01-08-2010, 12:29 PM #18
Doubt it will be "3D." Would be fun though!
01-08-2010, 05:38 PM #19
ya buy it for 500, nice waste of money, lets get the vip black app along with this toy
01-08-2010, 10:09 PM #20