Parrot's Quadricopter Readies for iDevice-controlled Launch

Remote-controlled helicopters are not new, but Parrot's AR.Drone Quadricopter is set to make a splash when it goes on sale on Sept. 9th. It will use an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a controller, and give a live video feed from two different cameras to the "pilot."

Indeed, the AR part of the AR.Drone Quadricopter's name comes from the use of "augmented reality." Meanwhile, quadricopter means what it sounds like: the Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter ( will have four rotors.

The AR.Drone only lasts 12 minutes on a single charge of its batteries. However, unlike the devices will be used to control it, it will have user-replaceable batteries, with a recharge time of 1 1/2 hours.

Apple has been famous in eschewing user-swappable batteries in its devices, unlike many other manufacturers. That means that a user who needs to replace an old battery has to send it in (or at least, take it in), and that there's no "carrying of extra batteries."

The AR.Drone comes in three colors: orange with either green, blur or yellow accents. Each model comes with two hulls, one of them for indoor use, with protective loops around the rotors. The device creates its own wi-fi network which the iOS device connects to in order to control the Quadricopter.

It's also possible that other controllers could eventually be created or used with the wi-fi network. In fact, Parrot will be uploading the AR.Drone's communication source code, so that other mobile phone manufacturers (read: Android) can develop their own remote control applications.

At $300, the Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter is not cheap, and thus not really a toy. As we said, it goes on sale on Sept. 9th. Oh, and the big question: is dogfighting possible? You bet it is. You can watch a couple of videos below, and there's also a YouTube channel with many more, as well.

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inspector 4 years ago

It sure is a toy :P lol, what else will it be used for?

ADrone 4 years ago

Buy from Amazon

3vi1 4 years ago

I posted a cool video showing a user-built hexacopter a while back. It's amazing the range, payload and speed these things can handle.

I'll bet we see a CSI episode coming up where someone mounts a pistol to one, shoots someone, then flies it into a fast-moving river. Oh great... now we can't have remote control toys anymore.

realneil 4 years ago

"someone mounts a pistol to one, shoots someone, then flies it into a fast-moving river"

Ha-Ha! The way your mind works,......

You really are 3vi1 aren't you?

Now some idiot will read this and get ideas to try such a thing,.....

BTW: I'd use a bomb,...

inspector 4 years ago

"Heads out to buy a pistol" "Orders a ar.drone" (Video will be posted soon of it killing someone O.o) lol EVIL!

Nethersprite 4 years ago

"someone mounts a pistol to one, shoots someone"

These things couldn't handle the recoil. Realneil's bomb idea is probably more doable...esp. because of the instant evidence destruction.

PPearson 4 years ago

poison dart maybe?

Xeus 4 years ago

Next version: SkyNet.

michealsavoie 4 years ago

Awesome review of the AR.Drone. I am glad to hear about the battery life, because the website does not give a lot of details about that. I just finished posting some of the AR.Drone repair videos and guides on my tech blog.

Can I reprint your post on my blog?


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