I came across Parrot’s AR Drone while writing about some of the new tech we’ll see in 2013 and felt it would be a sin not to share it with everyone.
Building on the success of the original AR Drone that was launched back in 2010, Parrot give us their latest brainchild; the AR Drone 2.0.
New features include a HD camera that records and streams video at 1280 x 720 resolution in real-time at 30 FPS, flight data sharing, a new piloting mode, up to 50% longer flight time, and a bunch of new sensors for improved performance and stability.
The original AR Drone is still unbelievably fun to fly, but one the first things anyone does with it is crash it into something. Parrot have redesigned the hulls of the AR Drone 2.0 to handle a lot more stress.
A lightweight foam hull has also been thrown in for good measure – which is great for flying indoors – as Parrot demonstrated at CES earlier this year when they flew it at into a wall at full speed.
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Specs
- HD Camera – 720p @ 30 FPS
- Low latency streaming
- Video storage on the fly with on the remote device via WiFi, or via USB stick
- H264 video encoding and JPEG photo capture
- Travelling, Plan, and Crane predefined auto-pilot mode for recording
- 1 GHz 32-bit ARM Cortex Processor with 800MHz video DSP
- 1 Gbit DDR2 RAM
- Linux 2.6.32 Operating System
- USB 2.0 for extensions
- WiFi (802.11 b, g, and n)
- 3-Axis gyroscope with 2000°/second precision
- 3-Axis accelerometer with +- 50mg precision
- 3-Axis magnetometer with 6° precision
- Pressure sensors
- Ultrasound sensors altitude measurement
- 60 FPS QVGA camera for ground speed measurement
- All parts fully repairable