Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Now Has Everything But Hellfire Missiles

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Parrot has revealed a whole bunch of cool upgrades for its revision to the revolutionary AR Drone, 2.0. The gadget sporting the tagline “further, faster, higher” will include new features such as the Flight Recorder, a 50% longer lasting battery and a Director Mode.

We’ve summarised the full list of upgrades below, check it!

Flight Recorder

  • Will be available from September 2013 for AU$119/NZ$149
  • Saves flight data and GPS-localised information
  • Saves and records position +/-2 metres of quadricopter
  • Data can be viewed in 3D and analysed through the AR Drone Academy maps
  • 4GB of flash memory can record two hours of HD video

Click & Go Piloting Mode

  • One click on smartphone or tablet selects destination on a map
  • Adjust speed and altitude and drone reaches target (depending on Wi-Fi range)

Return Home Feature

  • One-click Home button returns drone to original departure location

Director Mode

  • Available through the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 piloting app for AU$4.49/NZ$5.29
  • Nine preset flight movements eg. forward/backward travelling, panoramic, crane, etc. with adjustable speed
  • Camera settings include: white balance, saturation, exposure etc.
  • Post-production settings improve image stability via detailed graph
  • Sequence editing allows you to keep or delete video cuts
  • All videos can be shared via the piloting app on Youtube, Facebook or the AR Drone Academy

High Density Battery

  • New high density Lithium-Polymer Battery allows the drone to fly non-stop for 18 minutes
  • Price listed as AU$79/NZ$99

Rescue Mode

  • Two propeller movements – random shake and over balance, can recover the drone from obstacles or trees from a smartphone or tablet device
  • Available for free after updating the AR Drone piloting app in the App Store

The drone itself can be had in Australian stores for around $300. A full list of technical specifications can be found on their site here.


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