Parrotâ€™s AR.Drone: Your Personal Spy Craft
Ever wanted your own personal spy craft which you could control with your iPhone?
The good news is â€“ donâ€™t worry, weâ€™re not judging â€“ AR.Drone might just be the the product you’ve been looking for all these years. Since its launch in early 2010, the half hovercraft and half augmented reality video game AR.Drone by Parrot has stolen a march on other high tech devicesÂ devices and have been steadily rising in popularity.
The AR.Drone is a quadricopter that can be manipulated through Wi-Fi using your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Once itâ€™s turned on, the AR Drone creates its own Wi-Fi network and with the help of Free Flight (the app that accompanies it), youâ€™re immediately shown a view of what the built-in camera sees.
The device lets you race with another player over a Wi-Fi connection. If your neighbor has one if these however, donâ€™t be surprised if you see strange objects staring at you through the window, as this device doubles as the perfect spy craft. We think this device will also lead to an increase in UFO sightings — numerous videos are already turning up on Youtube of people playing pranks with the AR.Drone. Similar drones are already being used by the army and police forces around the world to investigate volatileÂ situations.
This all sounds like something Q would come up with on Bond, but donâ€™t worry, its actually extremely easy to use as you donâ€™t have to learn any complicated controls to fly the AR.Drone. Its tilt sensors let you control pitch, roll and yaw just by moving your iPhone or iPad. The Parrot AR.Drone has been designed for both inside and outside use. You can adapt it to any game situation using the two hulls provided. For indoors use, the Parrot AR.Drone comes with a large indoor shell which shields the propellers from getting caught when youâ€™re flying and fighting other AR.Drones indoors. Personally weâ€™d like to use one just to see what that big magpie across the road is hiding way up in her nest.