Quicklook: Parrot AR.Drone

By on February 13, 2012
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Fly until you drop.

Today we’ll be looking at one of the coolest gadgets available in the region. Parrot is a company known best for their Zikmu speakers, but the company actually specializes in wireless technology. While the original AR.Drone was launched earlier last year, the latest revision brings with it some very interesting additions.

First of all, the new AR.Drone has a built-in camera, so now you can see where you send the drone while staying in one spot. Compatibility also increases thanks to an Android app, in addition to Apple’s iOS platform.

Installation is fairly easy, with the battery being strapped into the main body. Once that is done, simply start up the AR.Drone app, let it update the firmware (if it’s your first time) and you’re good to go. Flying the AR.Drone takes maybe 4 to 5 minutes to get used to, after which one can get fairly proficient at flying around with precise movements.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHE8nVwiYCc&feature=youtu.be&w=600]

While the styrofoam is sturdy, the force with which the AR.Drone moves around is pretty substantial, so it can get damaged. We found out the hard way.

Despite the damage the AR.Drone still flew perfectly fine, as you can see from the video above.

So if you’re careful, and can live with short bursts (roughly 15 minutes) of flight time in this futuristic and easily maneouvarable quadrocopter with built-in camera, then the AR.Drone is definitely worth a look.

The Parrot AR.Drone sells for AED 1,499 at major electronic retailers across UAE.


From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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