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Draganflyer X8 has 8 Rotors and Makes the Ar.Drone Look Like the Toy It is

by Shane McGlaun

I really thought the Parrot AR.Drone was sweet when I first saw it. The thing is a four-propeller helicopter device with a camera you can control from your iPhone. I know the AR.Drone is really just a toy, and the Draganflyer X8 makes it look just like the toy it is.

The X8 is a massive eight-propeller remote surveillance drone with a big old Nikon camera hanging under its belly in the pics that isn’t included. The thing has eight rotors that each has its own motor with more power than previous offerings for a higher payload capacity.

The frame of the device is made from carbon fiber and can fold for portability and storage. The controller for the device is computer sized and gives all the control you need. The copter can carry 35 ounces maximum and measures 36.25″ x 26.25″ x 41.8″ and is 12.6″ tall. I don’t even want to know how much it costs; you have to request a quote to find out.

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Comments (10):

  1. AR.Drone Guy says:

    I purchased the AR.Drone by Parrot from Brookstone and it was delivered yesterday. I opened the box, read the manual, charged the battery and then gave the AR.Drone a 10 minute test flight. I thought it was a cool gizmo but didn’t warrant the cost so I decided to return the item. This is when the problems started. I had purchased the AR.Drone on my iPhone from the Brookstone website where there is no disclaimer that open items cannot be returned to the Brookstone store so I didn’t think this would be any different than any other item purchased from Brookstone and took it in to return. This is when they told me that they would not accept open boxed AR.Drone returns and that I had to contact Parrot to get a refund and provided me with the following information to return the item.

    # Unopened and unused AR.Drones can be returned to Brookstone in accordance with Brookstone’s normal return policy which can be found in Brookstone stores, at http://www.brookstone.com, or on the reverse of your sales receipt or shipping collate.
    # Any returns of opened, damaged, or used AR.Drones must be handled directly through Parrot. Please call Parrot directly at 1-877-9PARROT (1-877-972-7768) for full details. Parrot’s return policy is as follows:
    You must follow this return procedure:
    1. You must call Parrot customer service at 1-877-9PARROT (1-877-972-7768) with serial number and proof of purchase.
    2. All opened, damaged, or used product are to be returned directly to Parrot for replacement or repair.
    3. You are responsible for the cost of shipping the AR.Drone back to Parrot (at the address specified after calling Parrot at 1-877-9PARROT

    I contacted Parrot at the above mentioned number that Brookstone provided me with and I was told that Parrot does not handle refunds of the AR.Drone and that I would have to contact Brookstone to get a refund. So I went back to the Brookstone store and called the same number with the Brookstone manager on the phone so I could get her and Parrot on the phone at the same time. They both said the other was responsible for the refund. They both are trying to contact their upper management to see who is responsible for this refund while me the customer is stuck with a very poor customer service experience. I am documenting this process at http://ardrone-parrot.blogspot.com/

    • technabob says:

      That’s a bummer, but I’m not sure why you’d leave a comment on the page about the DraganFlyer, which is not made by the Parrot guys.

      • AR.Drone Guy says:

        because it re-enforces the authors opinion that the AR Drone is not worth it, it is a cheaply made overpriced toy.

  2. Bob says:

    As a overpriced draganfly IV owner that never got his junk to fly properly (requiring a “V” 400$ mainboard upgrade to get YAW locking like it should in the first place) I can tell you I’ll never shell out another dollar to RC Toys.

  3. Mikeb says:

    Over $32,000 for the Dragon Fly, ahhh, no thanks… I’ll stick with the toy…

  4. Taz says:

    ar drone still in buisness, dragonfly not, checked on stocks to invest and they are listing a chapter 8, ooops maybe they should have priced it closer to whatI can build it for. I build my own version with same performance for 4,000 dollars. SO SAD DRAGONFLY, maybe once the patent is run out ill market mine for a reasonable profit.

    • Roger says:

      True. With 32k I can buy an used Ferrari, and still would have money to buy something that is not overpriced.

    • Andreas Papadopoulos says:

      Dear Taz,

      You seem to know what you talking about.
      I am looking for a heli which can take aerial photos – ideally with an SLR but would settle for a compact too – would you point me in the right direction? I am willing to spend up to $8,000.

      Andreas P.

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