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Microsoft Surface Wrests Control of AR.Drone From iOS Devices

by Lambert Varias

The Parrot AR.Drone quadricopter has one of the most expensive remote controls for a toy – iPod Touches, iPhones or iPads. But a French tech company has upped the ante, utilizing the Microsoft Surface as a remote for the drone. The funny thing is, the pricier remote is also more impractical since it’s not portable, so you can’t follow the AR.Drone around. But it does look fun to use.

microsoft surface parrot ar.drone remote control

The program devised by the R&D department of WinWise Tech is very user-friendly, especially due to the size of the virtual buttons. There are controls for the altitude, rotation and cameras of the AR.Drone, and a big red stop button. The app also has an altimeter and battery meter.

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To be honest, I was as surprised by the amount of noise that the quadricopter makes as by the novelty of the hack.

[via Engadget]




Comments (2):

  1. Technabob says:

    Boy, that is loud. I suppose every time I’ve seen the AR.Drone up close it’s been in the cacophony of the aisles of CES, so that drowns out the ear-splitting rotor sound.

  2. Black ICE says:

    I wished they would also support Android or Windows Mobile devices as well as a remote control for AR Drone. Only iPhone/iPad sucks!

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