The Parrot AR.Drone is definitely one of the coolest gadgets that has hit the iOS and Android. After all, the idea of being able to fly a remote-controlled quadricopter using your iPhone already sounds fun by itself. Shown off at this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show), an update to the original Parrot AR.Drone looks to be more promising than ever.
If you consider yourself to be a gadget enthusiast, then you will find a lot of things to love in the new Parrot AR.Drone 2.0. The first version of the AR Drone was definitely a cool gadget but it did have a couple of drawbacks that really held down the experience. Firstly, the original drone had a high learning curve which means that you need some serious skills or practice before you can fly it effectively. Another often cited gripe with the original drone is the fact that it can break rather easily. A circumstance which is easily brought on by the Drone's high learning curve and of course, the fact that it costs $300 makes it all the worse.
But with version 2.0, it seems that manufacturer Parrot was able to address most of the caveats of the original and is now ready to release an even better RC quadricopter. For starters, version 2.0 is now a lot more easier to control. It now utilizes the compasses that are found on the controller and the Drone itself, so moving forward is always the in the same direction where you think it is. Unlike in the previous version where the orientation can be confusing. This way, even a complete newbie will be able to fly the AR Drone 2.0 without much difficulties. The control system can be switched to the old one in case you already got used to it.
Another notable improvement for the AR Drone 2.0 is the inclusion of a new sensor which allows improved flight range than before. There was no disclosed information as to how high it can reach but it could be possible that it will be based on your WiFi's range. Reps were surprised that video recording and sharing were actually popular on the previous Drone so they decided to include a high-definition 720p camera into version 2.0. and due to user feedbacks, the AR Drone 2.0 is now much stronger in terms of build. Check out this promotional video of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 below.
From the look of things, AR Drone 2.0 seems to be a must have not only for fans of the original but gadget enthusiasts in general. With all the improvements, it is great to know that the AR Drone 2.0 will retail with the same price tag as the original which is $299. No release date provided yet but it is rumored that it should go on sale in Q2 2012. [via TheVerge]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback