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The AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is Controlled by a Smartphone

 - Jan 28, 2015
References: ardrone2.parrot & linux.about
The AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition by Parrot is a Linux-powered helicopter drone that signals a shift in the tide of the toy industry towards virtual and augmented reality products.

The helicopter drone, which can be controlled through an iPhone or WiFi signals, flies at a speed of up to 12 MPH both indoors and outdoors. The drone can sustain these speeds for a period of about 12 minutes of continuous flying before the battery requires a 90-minute charge. The controlling devices can also create multi-player games with the drones.

The AR Drone is equipped with two on-board cameras which can communicate with the device that's controlling it, sending images of the flight. The cameras have the dual function of measuring speed and distance to other objects, ensuring that the flight is both smooth and stable.