Parrot AR Drone gets GPS, new battery and video software
The new iPad app for Parrot's AR Drone adds extra functions when shooting video(Credit:Jason Jenkins)
No CES can start without a mention of the Parrot AR Drone, the expensive flying machine you control with an iPad. Ive managed to crash and break it pretty much every time Ive tried to use one, and perhaps it was people like me Parrot had in mind when it came up with its new GPS add-on.
Plug it into the USB port underneath the main cover and you can set up a flight plan using open-source software. The AR Drone will then fly the route itself without the need for human intervention.
If youd rather fly the contraption yourself, the GPS widget has 4GB of memory onboard, which it uses to store the co-ordinates of where its been flying. Once back at base, you can download information to your computer via Wi-Fi and make a map of where its been. If thats your thing, youll also like Parrots just-announced new battery, which lasts for 50% longer than the old one. /p>
Parrot also showed off a new version of the app you use to shoot video from the AR Drones camera which adds four new travelling commands and a bunch of ways to improve the video after youve shot it, such as lens correction and stabilisation.
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