Berlin-based developer Diego Araos was able to connect an Oculus Rift headset to a Parrot AR drone and actually control it by simply moving his head. The whole thing was recorded and posted on YouTube, where interested users can check out the experience of flying a drone using the Oculus virtual reality gear. According to the developer, the whole project is “really fun,” and most importantly, the latency is “very low.” Parrot AR owners that want to try to fly a drone using Oculus Rift – assuming they have access to the headset – can get the source code needed to make it happen from GitHub, as Araos is sharing his project. More →
It wouldn’t be another CES without new Parrot toys, so the company unveiled two new robots that can be controlled using smartphones and tablets, including the Jumping Sumo and the MiniDrone, BBC reports. The Jumping Sumo can jump up to 80 centimeters in the air and can make sharp 90-degree turns, as each wheel is independently controlled. The device is managed via Wi-Fi and has a camera that can stream video back to the mobile device. As seen in the video, the Jumping Sumo also has an arm that can be used to grab stuff along the way. Unfortunately, the battery of this toy only lasts about 20 minutes between charges. More →
The high flying HD-recording AR Drone 2.0 quadricopter that was announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, will be released in May for $299.99. The drone is equipped a 720p front-facing camera that allows users to capture their flights in HD, and a 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. The device also features a new “absolute flight” mode that will allow users to steer the AR Drone by tilting a smartphone or tablet, and the accompanying Android and iOS apps can be used to share flight data with friends as well. In order to expand the drone’s capabilities, Parrot has also provided Android and iOS developers with a software development kit. Limited quantities will be available April 9th from Brookstone and can be reserved starting today. Hit the break for Parrot’s press release and AR Drone 2.0 commercial. More →
During the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, Parrot wowed show-goers with the AR.Drone quadcopter. Fast forward two years and Parrot has done it again, announcing the company’s second-generation mobile-controlled AR.Drone 2.0, featuring upgraded hardware and software for enhanced control. The new drone features a 720p front-facing camera, allowing users to capture their flights in HD. Additionally, Parrot has included a 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope, a 3-axis magnetometer and an array of new sensor to give the AR.Drone 2.0 increased stability. The drone’s new “absolute flight” mode will allow users to steer the device with a single tilt of a smartphone or tablet, however, for a more traditional experience Parrot has designed an Android and iOS app, which can also be used to share flight data with friends. Parrot has provided developers of the Apple and Android communities with a software development kit that would allow for more apps and games accessible to the AR.Drone 2.o. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 will be available for purchase at select retailers in the second quarter of 2012 for $299. Read on for Parrots full press release.