The drone is a pretty nice helicopter.
This is what CNET wrote back in January:
The copter itself is computer-stabilized, so controlling it is much easier than the standard $40 toy RC helicopter you may be familiar with. But it should be: it'll cost in the neighborhood of $500, when it ships this year. You'll get about 15 minutes of battery-powered fun on a one-hour charge.
You tilt your iPhone to steer the helicopter, with touch controls to adjust altitude.
The iPhone app features a virtual game mode, where the screen will show virtual enemies in front of your real 'copter, for you to strafe. Or you can just fly it around to spy on pets or neighbors. Two caveats, though: Its range is limited by Wi-Fi. If it manages to lose contact with your phone it will hover for a minute until you walk back into range (or it runs out of batteries). And it only works in still air or very light wind. If you take it out to your yard and try to fly it up over your house, you'll probably hit some currents that make it uncontrollable, I was told.
Parrot plans to open up the Wi-Fi control interface. I can't wait to see what the geeks come up with when that happens.
The good news is that the helicopter is now available for pre-order at brookstone.com for just $299. Free shipping does not apply and with tax it is around $330. Delivery will start 9/3/2010.
Of course I had to pre-order and can't wait to play with it.
Imagine to fly through the office without leaving your chair, or to play drone games with other geeks.
I have an open house plan with a 800 square feet living room, perfect for this tool.
But I will have the most fun with all the extra tools I can develop for this.
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