Sunday, March 28, 2010

AR Drone - Easy Flying & Wicked Easy Controls


Behold the AR Drone. This four propeller helicopter can fly, hover, and even send images from its nose mounted camera. The best part? You can control it from your iPod Touch or iPhone. The camera sends views back to your controlling device as well as providing you with a HUD (Heads Up Display). No word on cost yet, but it should be available in 2010. If you're interested in purchasing, you can monitor the website. Read on for all the details.

Dear publishers & developers,

In January 2010, we unveiled the Parrot AR.DRONE, the first ever flying Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with Augmented Reality.


A DRONE HELICOPTER EVEN A CHILD CAN PILOT!

For the first time an affordable helicopter will come with stabilized fly model, making it so easy to pilot even a child can control it.

Thanks to its Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), Digital Signal Processor (DSP), Inertial measurement unit (IMU) and sensors, the Parrot AR.DRONE turns complex fly patterns into an easy-to-pilot system.

Children will pilot AR.DRONE instinctively, using the iPhone, without any learning curve. This allows for an incredible fly experience and acrobatics.

A GAME CHANGER FOR THE WAY VIDEO GAMES ARE PLAYED INDOOR & OUTDOOR


While the iPhone will display the HUD, controls, animations and sounds, the Parrot AR.DRONE will fly around you. Stop moving your iPhone and the AR.DRONE will stay put, steady, balancing its engines to fly as well as a hummingbird.

The AR.DRONE can play solo games with Augmented Reality, relying on 2D or 3D gametags in the real world to create virtual tracks or display virtual enemies.

Even better, a multiplayer demo experience is built-in: the "Drone War" allowing 2 AR.DRONE to compete for air supremacy, with virtual lasers and missiles!

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR VIDEO GAMES PUBLISHERS & DEVELOPERS

By registering on Ardrone.org, you will be able to download the SDK, buy a AR.DRONE flying kit and start developing great and innovative video games.

Thanks to the Open Game API we provide, your projects will change the way video games are played, both indoor and outdoor.

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