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In pictures: Parrot AR.Drone launch

We get our hands on Parrot's latest iPhone toy: a remote control AR.Drone helicopter with a camera and Wi-Fi

  • The Parrot AR.Drone wearing an outdoor hull for high visibility.

  • A second camera in the Parrot AR.Drone's base allows it to hover and remain stationary when not under control, and also allows it to counter any minor wind turbulence.

  • A close-up of the Parrot AR.Drone's front-facing video camera.

  • The Parrot AR.Drone is supplied with two different hulls, for indoor and outdoor flying. The indoor hull, shown here, has protection for the propellers against obstacles.

  • [[artnid:369012|At a launch in Sydney today]] we got the chance to take a look at -- and play with -- Parrot's latest wireless gadget. The AR.Drone connects to any Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and uses the device's touchscreen and tilt sensors for control. Using a camera in the AR.Drone's front, you can view your surroundings through the controlling iPhone or iPad and guide the AR.Drone past obstacles.

  • Cristina Sanz from Parrot introduced [[artnid:369012|the AR.Drone]], which will be available from 30 November.

  • The Parrot AR.Drone will be available from Telstra and Fonezone stores for $349.

  • The Parrot AR.Drone has a front-facing camera which displays video on the screen of the controlling Apple iPod, iPhone or iPad.

  • Using the downloadable iOS application, the Parrot AR.Drone is able to be controlled via touchscreen and tilt sensor input. If control is lost, the AR.Drone returns to a horizontal orientation and hovers.

  • The outdoor shell offers reduced wind resistance and is available in four easily visible colour combinations.

  • Another look at the Parrot AR.Drone's outdoor hull.

  • Another look at the Parrot AR.Drone's outdoor hull.

  • A demonstration of the Parrot AR.Drone with telemetry from the iPhone shown on the rear screens.

  • The Parrot AR.Drone takes off under the careful control of a Parrot engineer.

  • The AR.Drone's four rotors allow for roll, pitch, yaw and tilt.

  • A close-up of the Parrot AR.Drone in flight.

  • A close-up of the Parrot AR.Drone in flight.

  • A close-up of the Parrot AR.Drone in flight.

  • Two Parrot AR.Drones hover menacingly.

  • A close-up of the Parrot AR.Drone about to land on your valiant photographer.

  • The Parrot AR.Drone after landing. The AR.Drone can automatically land once a button is pressed on the controlling iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

  • The Parrot AR.Drone wearing an outdoor hull for high visibility.

  • A close-up of one of the Parrot AR.Drone's rotors.

  • The base of the Parrot AR.Drone has a camera, speakers and a mysterious USB port.

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