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Old Jan 06, 2010, 11:08 AM
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Parrot AR.Drone

iphone controlled quad rotor with live video link:

http://recombu.com/news/parrot-ardro...ss_M11288.html

Parrot AR.Drone : Flight Demo (Prototype) January 2010 (1 min 56 sec)
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Old Jan 06, 2010, 01:22 PM
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.... and it's a "heads down" unit to boot!
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Old Jan 06, 2010, 04:00 PM
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see this link:

http://www.ardrone.org/parrot-ar-drone/en
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Old Jan 08, 2010, 12:37 AM
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That looks crazy!
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Old Jan 08, 2010, 12:13 PM
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But what if you get a call while flying?!?
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Old Jan 10, 2010, 05:25 PM
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Well, My first response was "Wow that's cool" but then I realized that it is Bluetooth controlled. This means that is probably doesn't have much range, Not enough to see what I couldn't just see in front of me anyhow. It is still neat though, but if it were GSM controlled (which would be possible) then I would be impressed and the cellphone companies would love it too! as they would be making money for you to fly your Parrot. What will they think of next?.
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Old Jan 10, 2010, 10:19 PM
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Well, My first response was "Wow that's cool" but then I realized that it is Bluetooth controlled. This means that is probably doesn't have much range, Not enough to see what I couldn't just see in front of me anyhow.
No it's not. It uses WiFi. Range is at least a quarter mile.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 09:18 PM
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I have been corrected, I thought I saw somewhere in a blog that it was BT, My bad. In that case it has jumped a notch or two on the cool gadget meter!.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 03:57 AM
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With a 1000mAh battery and 15C discharge capacity, I don't think you'd get much runtime out of it :P Still, pretty cool!
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Old Oct 12, 2010, 01:04 PM
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For those of you that have bought the AR Drone, we at MaxAmps.com have the perfect upgrade battery for you.

This is a high-performance LiPo battery pack for the Parrot AR.Drone. The perfect upgrade from the stock pack, this pack boasts a large capacity of 1300mah for 30% more flight time. It features a 90C rating for tons of punch and extra power. Like all MaxAmps.com batteries, this pack is 100% waterproof and comes with a 3-year warranty! Pack includes Align balance connector and small Tamiya female plug so you can charge it with your stock wall charger, or upgrade to a hobby-grade charger for faster charge times.

3-year 300-cycle guarantee
1300mah capacity
3-cell 11.1 volts
True 90C rating
5C fast charge capable
100% waterproof
Built today with factory fresh cells
Built with genuine 16awg Deans Ultra wire
We add the connectors and balancing taps for you
66mm x 35mm x 22mm, 102g
Perfect battery pack for your Parrot AR Drone. Get up to 30% more flight time than the stock 1000mah pack.

Note: This pack is built with the stock plugs shown in the picture for easy plug and play. If you need a different plug or balancing tap, please mention it in the notes section when checking out.

http://www.maxamps.com/Lipo-1300-111-Drone-Pack.htm

We have tested this extensively, the stock pack doesn't contain any LVC protection as claimed by Parrot. the LVC device is built into the AR Drone so our packs work just fine. Also we have tested their stock charger as well with our packs and although it takes 35 minutes longer than any of our Hyperion chargers at the same 1 amp rate it will still charge our packs with no issues.

If any AR Drone users have any questions at all feel free to contact me at jason@maxamps.com or by phone at 888-654-4450.

Best regards,

Jason
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Old Apr 07, 2011, 07:25 AM
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I watched one fly last night in a gym. It was far more stable than my helicopter and far more controlable too. It did lose control signal once, when it lost contact it went into a hover at about three feet agl and stayed in the same place until the pilot walked over to get it.

This thing was amazing. It was flown with an Android phone but not through the normal cellphone system, there was a small repeater plugged into the wall, the link was through it. When control was lost the vid from the quadcopter wasn't lost.

ETA, the video shot from my CX2 was pretty bad because of vibration, it would have been better had the key cam been on the very smooth AR.Drone.
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