There aren’t many aerial drones capable of carrying video cameras which deliver both aerial photography and HD video recording, let alone cheap ones. However, Parrot is aiming to change this with the introduction of the AR.Drone 2.0 at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013.
During the past few years, a French company has been making the rounds with its drone. The Parrot AR.Drone has been unveiled at the 2010 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show and it has been welcomed as well as loved by quadcopter fans.
Here we are, three years later, and the company is unveiling the 2.0 version of the quadcopter. The announcement event took place also at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. Once again, people seem to love its simplicity and accessibility.
The new version is here to replace the older one with new features that will be appealing to drone and aerial photography enthusiasts around the world.
Parrot officially introduces AR.Drone 2.0, a quadcopter with built-in cameras
digitalcamerainfo.com sheds some light on this flying device. Paris-based company Parrot exhibited the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 aerial drone at CES 2013, where it attracted the interest of many visitors thanks for its capabilities.
The drone features four fan motors, two 720p HD video cameras – one on the front and one on the bottom – and is GPS enabled, recording its positions on the map. It also records the flight data parameters, allowing the user to pre-program a short flight plan.
The AR.Drone 2.0 is WiFi controllable, by smartphone or tablet. On top of that, thanks to the WiFi connection, it is easy to download the footage and even upload the videos on YouTube or Facebook.
Augmented reality could be the next big thing in technology and Parrot’s drone supports it
Owners of Parrot’s AR.Drone can play two augmented reality games: AR.Race2.0 and AR.Rescue2.0. Should the two integrated HD video cameras not be present, AR.Drone could lift a maximum payload of 100 grams, thus easily carrying a GoPro Hero3.
Parrot will release the AR.Drone 2.0 for a price around $300 within the following months, which is a fairly low amount to pay for a quadcopter with a built-in camera that records HD videos.
The augmented reality features are just a bonus, especially considering the fact that more and more people are getting into this technology. An aerial drone that is compatible with it sounds great, so you may want to check this device as soon as it becomes available!