Wowwee was sadly absent at this year’s CES curtain raising knees up, CES Unveiled. But Parrot more than made up for it with its iPhone-powered A.R. Drone. This flying quadricopter robot had gadget fanatics rapt, with Parrot claiming it’ll open up a new world of augmented reality gaming.
This bold claim is backed by the fact you can use the Parrot A.R. Drone to detect real life targets on your iPhone while flying it. In truth, it’s a far fetched concept. It’s simply cool enough as a flying robot to make us want one big time.
The Parrot A.R. Drone uses accelerometers and two video cameras to keep itself stable while it’s hovering in the air. It’s controlled over Wi-Fi, with Parrot’s people telling us it had a massive fifty metre range. However, you will inly get 15 minutes if flight from a 90 mite charge. Unsurprising as it has four blades, but still a short burst.
We’ve been told that the A.R. Drone will land some time in 2010, although Parrot’s keeping schtum on just how much it’ll cost. Expect this slice of futuristic wizardry to be mad expensive though.
Out 2010 | £TBC | Parrot