Wi-Fi quadricopter offers augmented reality dogfights

This year’s E3 expo is teeming with new games and funky motion controllers. And then there’s Parrot’s AR.Drone, which has four tiny helicopter rotors, two integrated cameras, and built-in Wi-Fi. As for the controls, there’s an app for that. Literally. The quadricopter is designed to be controlled by an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and an Android app is also on the way. What’s more, the software is completely open source, and Parrot is encouraging developers to try their hands at writing applications and games for the drone.

Yes, games. Parrot has several in development that make clever use of augmented reality and the onboard cameras. One of them enables multiplayer dogfighting with other drones, which you can check out in the embedded video above.

Engadget calls the controls simple an intuitive, and says the quadricopter will land in September with a $299 asking price. That’s certainly not cheap, but I can’t help but be tempted to pick one up, if only to chase my girlfriend’s cat around the house and buzz those pesky kids who keep wandering onto my lawn.

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    • jackbomb
    • 10 years ago

    Oh yeah? My Wi-Fi roflcopter offers augmented reality lolcat fights.

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 10 years ago

    Cool. way to expensive for me.

    • Joerdgs
    • 10 years ago

    This didn’t look too great, but there’s a ton of potential.

    • Forge
    • 10 years ago

    Forget games, if the framerate is decent and video quality is OK, I’m thinking about this one neighbor’s upstairs bedroom window….

      • dpaus
      • 10 years ago

      Perv. I was thinking that tied into a home’s sensors, this would make a great security adjunct.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    Those framerates were horrible.

    • marvelous
    • 10 years ago

    Dogfighting? Give me a break. More gimmick products.

    • dpaus
    • 10 years ago

    Get off my lawn!

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 10 years ago

    That come with or without the Android? …never mind.

    • codedivine
    • 10 years ago

    That thing is .. cool! Hmm, are any of you into RC helicopters/planes? I have not tried those, any recommendations?

    • albundy
    • 10 years ago

    wow, pretty pathetic at that age…lol…maybe they should be gaming instead?

    • BooTs
    • 10 years ago

    This will surely enchance my ability to spy on my neighbours.

    • blubje
    • 10 years ago

    This is absolutely terrible

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 10 years ago

    me too.

    This looks really cool as a gadget too.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 10 years ago

    l[

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 10 years ago

      I thought it was funny.

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