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AR Drone review

Air-controlled fun or crash-landing waiting to happen?

The AR.Drone RC quadricopter is a revolutionary device that combines the best in technological innovation. The AR.Drone can be remotely controlled by your device either an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or other Android devices. This groundbreaking product comes with a number of highly sensitive sensors that include a vertical camera, front camera, and an integrated altimeter. In addition to that, this can also be used in realistic video games like the AR.Flying Ace which is basically a dogfight between two different AR.Drones. Reviews at Ama

The Parrot AR.Drone is the first quadricopter that can be controlled by like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other Android devices. This comes with an on board integrated wi-fi system that enables users to control the quadcopter from a distance. Its built in high tech sensors provide an easy to use simple piloting that even beginners can easily understand. It works by using a mix of captors, micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), high speed camera, and a wide angle camera. It also has ultrasound sensors, gyro sensors, and accelerometer combined a very powerful highly efficient on board computer system that makes flying the Parrot a very simple task. Your device will serve as your remote control and you can manage it by tilting or touching the control display on your device.

Some features of the AR Drone:

• Compatible with Apple iOs devices like iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as well as Android OS devices like Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire, HTC Sensation, Motorola Xoom, HTC Desire HD, LG Optimus 2X, and Xperia Play by Sony Ericsson.
• Uses 3-cell lithium polymer battery giving it a flight time of up to twelve minutes. Maximum charge time is 90 minutes.
• Comes with a powerful 4 x 15 W electric brushless motors with a maximum 3,500 RPM
• Constructed with highly efficient propellers and a carbon tube structure for added durability that can withstand crashes
• VGA (640 x 480) CMOS camera front camera with ninety three degrees wide angle lens and 15 FPS video.
• Its vertical camera is QCIF (176 x 144) High-speed camera (CMOS) with sixty four degrees diagonal lens, horizontal stabilization, and up to 60 FPS video.
• Uses ultra sound based altimeter with a maximum range of six meters. Uses vertical stabilization and an emission frequency of up to forty kilohertz.
• Its internal guidance system (MEMS) has three-axis accelerometer, dual axis gyroscope, and a single axis yaw precision gyroscope.
• The onboard computer is ARM9 RISC 32-bit 468 MHz using a sizeable 128 MB DDR RAM with a Linux OS and a self generating wi-fi.

Uses ultra sound based altimeter with a maximum range of six meters. Uses vertical stabilization and an emission frequency of up to forty kilohertz. Its internal guidance system (MEMS) has three-axis accelerometer, dual axis gyroscope, and a single axis yaw precision gyroscope. The onboard computer is ARM9 RISC 32-bit 468 MHz using a sizeable 128 MB DDR RAM with a Linux OS and a self generating wi-fi.

Conclusion:

While it is relatively difficult to control at first, the autopilot feature enables users to have an easy takeoff and landing. The AR.Drone can stabilize after reaching an altitude of about eighty centimeters after takeoff and once you remove your fingers from the control, the autopilot system automatically kicks in putting the quadcopter into a stationary flight. Overall, this is a pretty high tech device that will certainly satisfy both beginners and advanced flyers.

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