Parrot and Microsoft collaborate on connected products Now announcing new Windows compatibility for the official Apps for the Parrot Zik headphones and Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 quadricopter.
Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot met Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft during his visit to Paris, France. The two talked about the future of connected objects and made the collaboration between Parrot and Microsoft official, announcing the brand new Windows compatibility for the ‘Parrot Audio Suite’ and ‘Parrot AR.FreeFlight’ applications.
“We have been working for months with Microsoft to ensure the compatibility of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices with Parrot products. I am happy to announce the Windows compatibility of apps that are linked to two of our star products: the AR.Drone and the Zik headphones.” Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot
‘Parrot Audio Suite’ for Windows
On November 20th, the Parrot Audio Suite app for the Zik headphones will be compatible with Windows Phone 8 and available to download for free via the Windows Phone store. A Windows 8 version is planned for December 2013.
Parrot Audio Suite is a free application dedicated to Smartphones and tablets and enables users to adjust the audio parameters of the Zik headphones, with a specific ‘Tuned by Lou Reed’ setting included, designed by the rock legend himself.
Note: The NFC compatibility of the Zik headphones enables instantaneous pairing with a Nokia Lumia 920 or 1020 Smartphone!
‘Parrot AR.FreeFlight’ for Windows
From December 2013, a first version of the AR.FreeFlight application for Windows 8 will be available for free via the Windows store to pilot the AR.Drone 2.0 with a tablet or PC. The version compatible with a Nokia or HTC Windows Phone 8 is planned for the beginning of 2014.
Parrot, Microsoft, and its partner Infinite Square worked together on the development of this application, whose source code (today in beta version) is regularly updated on the GitHub Open Source platform (repository https://github.com/ARDrone2Windows/SDK).
AR.FreeFlight is the application dedicated to the piloting of the Parrot AR.Drone2.0 and enables users to fully enjoy video streaming of the embedded HD frontal camera on the quadricopter.