iPhone Controlled, Augmented Reality Supported Drone Brings Joy


Posted January 6, 2010 - By Jake Gaskill

Given that CES 2010 is going on this week, expect to hear plenty of "Holy crap! Did you see that insane gadget that does that all wacky stuff?!" kinds of news. And to kick things off, we have this little gem about a new iPhone game that lets you control an actual flying drone.

As Telegraph reports, AR Drone (or iDrone as it should have been called) is a fascinating project that takes augmented reality to the next level thanks to a four-bladed mini-helicopter of sorts, which is controlled via an iPhone/iPod Touch app (i.e. tilt the phone and the drone will tilt). The drone also comes equipped with two cameras that stream video wirelessly to your mobile device of choice. The app then maps a video game over the actual surroundings being filmed by the drone.

So for instance, when you look at the screen, you’ll not only see your living room, but virtual enemies as well that will react and maneuver according to the placement of the real world elements being filmed by the drone’s cameras. Um…awesome?

Right now, AR Drone’s creators, the French company, Parrot, have built three games for the drone, but they say that developers will be able to make their own when the final product is ready later this summer. AR Drone is expected to cost around $500. Start saving now.

Source: Telegraph

iPhone Controlled, Augmented Reality Supported Drone Brings Joy


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