Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter: First Unsupervised Hands-On Testing

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bbotzong

The Android conrtollers are out and work. You have to be on 2.2 in order for the ad hoc networking to work. Super cool toy. When you buy, get extra batteries, propellers and the extra gear kit.

And on the Android, it supports video recording to your phone...

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guatemario

... but then I noticed that in the middle of the clutter and mess there was something flying...

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cpuking2010

You would know that there is an Android version in development! so the "although Android support would be nice" is a bit off.

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JonPhillips

If I had done my homework? Maybe you should have done your reading. The lead of my writeup includes this sentence: "Android support is planned, but won’t be ready when exclusive retailer Brookstone begins shipping pre-ordered units on Sept 3 this year." In the final sentence of the story, I was just reiterating the need for Android support -- you know, to make it abundantly clear that a key feature is missing.

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orlcam2002

It never fails, there's always a smart a... in forums.  they Can't resist being one.   good comeback.

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ThunderBolt

I would like a ZuneHD support.
30fps camera
Ability to record
USB port to connect a wireless adapter

 

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Baseman

Android, iPhone, iPod, iPad....why doesn't anybody make things to work with Windows Mobile???I get it, Apple basically has a flawless product and Google has a good one too.  But Microsoft has a decent product as well!  This Quadricopter is cool, but I'm not going to buy anything Apple or Google just to get this.  I have a Windows Mobile smartphone and can't imagine ditching it just to be able to use this Quadricopter.  I feel so left out  :(

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cpuking2010

Why do you have a windows mobile phone? everyother platform is better everyone! Second why would they support windows mobile when windows phone 7 is the future of win mo? It makes no sense its NONSENSE!

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tempestryder

Id be interested to know if you can connect through a wireless router, or if it has to be from iphone to copter. It wasn't clear, atleast to me, if the devices were connecting adhoc or via infrastructure. The way the article read would suggest infrastructure, and not adhoc.

If you CAN connect through a router, itd be interesting to see how far you could get your range out to- DD-WRT for example allows you to boost xmit out, leaving the limitation on the copter's ability to xmit back. Hmm, Im seeing the potential for modding already.

Thanks and awesome, can't wait to see more.

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Taz0

The problem with using a router may be their omni-directional pole antennas. They have good horizontal coverage, but poor vertical coverage, so you won't be able to fly too high before the signal drops, and even slight elevation differences may affect performance at greater distances. On the other hand, a smartphone's antennas (and probably AR.Drone's too) is designed to be used from various angles and elevations, so it doesn't suffer the same problem (but it also means that its gain is spread all over the horizontal and vertical plane, rather than being concentrated on the horizontal plane).

Also, in the second video they mention that the AR.Drone acts as an access point, so the iPhone must be connecting directly to it.

What they really need to do is incorporate a 3G cellular modem (cheap and tiny nowadays), so you can control it from anywhere in the world and fly it anywhere that has 3G reception (but it'll cost you an extra data plan).

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dentaku

Was that an episode of "Hoarders: Buried Alive"? :)

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boodiespost

Awesome!, now you just need molly maid to clean up the office :)

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NewGadgeteer

I'm putting this one on my Christmas wish list.  It looks like fun.

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Havok

It looks like Nathan's deskspace was used as a crash landing zone.

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razorpetti37

Is it possible to record the video from the onboard cameras? It would be cool if you guys could post the video from these cameras in addition the videos already posted.

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JonPhillips

Great question. The answer i no, you cannot. I will edit the story above.

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rafette

well, can you at least come up with some videos of the iphone,s screen and/or outdoors flight performance?

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JonPhillips

Yeah, the article posted today is just the beginning of more extended coverage. We'll have a full review in due time. Your suggestions for screenshots and outdoor video are good, and we'll provide that.

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JoetheMobster

damn that looks cool!

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