Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter: A Drone Anyone Can Fly

As the resident drone guy at The Verge, I got plenty of questions around Christmas from people who were interested in buying a drone for friends. I enjoy chatting about drones, and this would normally be a fun experience. But a lot of people wanted me to suggest a ‘great’ drone, using a nice camera, for less than $500. And while you will find plenty of units around which fit that price constraint, you’ll find not many I would qualify as great, specifically if you would like them to capture aerial photos and video that one could actually enjoy.

Parrot announced a brand new GPS-enabled USB stick accessory, allowing the AR Drone 2.0 to complete autonomous waypoint-driven flights and also to record those flights to an onboard USB stick. The new Flight Recorder accessory is compatible with MAVLink, an open-sourced communication protocol that permits you to utilize PC/Mac software like QGroundControl to create flight waypoints and download these phones your AR Drone 2.0. Plan a flight ticket path in QGroundControl, save it for the Flight Recorder, plug Flight Recorder to your AR Drone 2.0 and view it fly the waypoints alone, recording the complete time. The GPS information is added towards the in-flight telemetrics already being captured and will be loaded towards the Flight Academy as soon as you land and upload your flights. Here is a quick video to spell out it:

The Parrot AR.Drone 2 was industry leading when released in 2012, and even though still an excellent quadcopter, the drone isbeginning to exhibit it’s age and it’s features are now being surpassed by other products. The low battery warning occurs too late, and requires immediately landing to stop crashing the quadcopter. We’re hoping Parrot releases an latest version.

With the battery charged, the device linked as well as the software installed on top of the AR.Drone, you will get directly to flying. Tapping the “take off” tab on the iPhone will cause the AR.Drone to lift started and stabilise at about 1 meter. From there, you can control the Drone with a pleasing a higher level precision. Using the iPhone’s tilt sensor combined which has a touch button on the telephone’s screen, you’ll be able to control the AR.Drone’s thrust in multiple directions. Using a second touch button on the screen, you are able to control lift and rotate the AR.Drone on its axis.

The design in the Bebop drone can be notable for two reasons. Aside from the undeniable fact that it looks great, as well as the camera are at the nose with the drone (instead of underneath it like many other drones), its color choices are actually more useful than you would think. The idea that my drone was red, worked well not like the mostly grassy areas I tested it around, as I could easily spot my drone from afar when I took the drone beyond range. It’s also essential to note the materials that this Parrot Bebop is manufactured out of help it become incredibly durable. After crashing it at least twice, nothing was broken and the drone hardly a scratch onto it. And what’s more, the Bebop drone likely wouldn’t hurt anyone browsing its way, as the bumpers are foam, along with the drone is fairly lightweight (although, I don’t recommend flying it in your friends).