The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0, the new generation of Parrot’s renowned high-tech quadricopter that can be controlled by Wi-Fi using a smartphone or tablet, will land in South Africa in August 2012.
With a new high-definition camera to enable you to take photos or record videos and the ability to easily share them plus a new piloting mode, increased stability and a brand-new look, the AR.Drone 2.0 offers an experience like no other!
A flying HD camera
Whilst in flight, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0‘’s front camera transmits what the quadricopter sees in real-time on the pilot’s device screen.
For the first time the AR.Drone 2.0 camera, with a 1280×720 resolution, shows a view from the sky in high definition with smooth and unbelievable images.
The pilot enjoys an experience like never before, as if they were on board. For gaming purposes, this camera can also recognise specific shapes and colours to show augmented-reality elements on the device’s screen.
Record and share flying experiences
Thanks to the new AR.FreeFlight 2.0 piloting application, players can record their own HD flight videos and pictures on the device’s memory and share them with the AR.Drone community using YouTube or Picasa.
The pilot can also save images or videos on a USB key (not included) using the dedicated USB port located under the hull.
‘Absolute Flight’, a revolutionary ultra-intuitive flight mode
After the AR.FreeFlight 2.0 pilot application has been loaded onto an iOS or AndroidTM smartphone or tablet, theParrot AR.Drone 2.0 connects to the device via Wi-Fi. After connection, all the on-board instruments appear on the device’s screen.
Press the Take Off button briefly and the four brushless motors turn on and the AR.Drone 2.0 takesoff.
Flying is very simple. With your thumbs placed on either side of the screen, a control button automatically forms beneath:
· Press and hold the left button and the AR.Drone 2.0 follows the movement of the pilot’s device: it moves forward, backwards or sideways when you tilt the device forward, towards you or to the left or right.
· Slide your finger over the right button, and the quadricopter rises, descends or rotates right or left.
Thanks to Parrot’s new patented ‘Absolute Control’ mode, the player has access to an even more intuitive piloting system.
With a 3D magnetometer, the AR.Drone 2.0 knows its precise orientation with respect to the device, which becomes the reference point. The pilot no longer needs to think about the orientation of the AR.Drone 2.0 and it will continue to accurately track the device’s motion and tilt, regardless of which way the AR.Drone 2.0 is facing e.g. if you tilt your device to the left, the AR.Drone will always fly to the left, making piloting extremely easy.
Experienced players will select ‘Relative Flight’ mode, which is the conventional flight mode. This disables the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0‘s magnetometer allowing the pilot to manage the quadricopter’s orientation with no assistance.
AR.Drone 2.0 stunts
For exciting flights, the AR.Drone 2.0 is equipped, for the first time ever, with a ‘Flip’ feature.
Double tap the button on the right side of the piloting device screen and the AR.Drone 2.0 will perform a loop. Both experts and novices alike can now be a stunt pilot!
The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is proudly distributed in South Africa by SMAC, leaders in vehicle accessories and aftermarket products, now offering one of the most exciting products of the year. The AR.Drone 2.0 can be purchased online at www.smac.co.za or at leading IT stores for R3499.