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AR Drone 2.0 swoops into action

Parrot's AR Drone 2.0 is a new update on the original quadricopter. Read on to find out a bit more on the next gadget we'll all be talking about!

The original AR Drone was a whole lot of fun, and being able to wirelessly control it with an Android device made it even better. The original boasted  a great design, fun features and controls that even the most technophobic person could handle. So what does Parrot’s second drone that makes it a must have gadget?

The first obvious change is that the AR Drone 2.0 has undergone a complete face-lift, and now sports a recognisable design. The design encases one of the Drone 2.0’s main new features, a HD camera capable of recording in 1280×720. The camera transmits live to the pilot of the drone, allowing him/her to see exactly what their quadricopter is also ‘seeing’. All the video you record can be sent to the AR Drone forums, on which other budding pilots can watch your handy work.

The original AR Drone app has also undergone a complete facelift, and the AR FreeFlight 2.0 offers a lot more additional features than the original installment. Pilots can pin-point all the geographical info about their drone and its location, access a series of Drone 2.0 games, take part in the Drone Academy, and even take a look at tips and tricks on getting the best performance out of the Drone itself.

Luckily, a lot of what made the original AR Drone a must have accessory is still apparent in the 2.0 version. You’ll find a 3-axis gyroscope and a pressure sensor to help give you a steady piloting experience, as well as 2 ultrasound sensors to analyse the altitude of the drone.

There’s no official word on pricing as of yet, but you can expect to be able to get your hands on an AR Drone 2.0 later this year.