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The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Review

 


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The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is an RC quadrocopter. This aircraft is controlled via a smartphone or tablet and features an integrated high definition camera that is compatible with both Android and iOS. The drone weighs 380 grams and its body is constructed with polypropylene. The drone is controlled through mobile applications. There is a selection of touchscreen based command options available. Remote pilots can also choose to use their smartphone’s accelerometer to move the drone forward and backward, or from side-to-side, with joy pad style controls the standard. An emergency landing button is included on all control setups.

The drone is constructed of nylon and carbon fiber parts and consists of two interchangeable hulls for either internal or external flights. The indoor hull is made from foam which protects the circumference of the blades. The outdoor drone uses a hull made from lightweight plastic, and allows for increased maneuverability. The ultrasound altimeter has air pressers that allow for a more stable flight and hovering. The resources available to the onboard computer were also improved, and the Wi-Fi hardware was updated to a newer standard. Other sensor improvements include upgrading the gyroscope to a 3-axis version, along with a 3-axisaccelerometer and magnetometer. It has a flight recorder, GPS tracking and navigation. It will allow pilots to define a flight path by selecting a series of waypoints that the drone will follow.

The mobile application manages all recording and storage, which is automatically added to the smartphone or tablet. The drone itself does not have any onboard storage. Sounds are not recorded. The flight time of a fully charged drone is about 36 minutes. The outdoor hull weight of the drone is 380 grams while the Styrofoam indoor hull weighs 420 grams. Its camera has a 92-degree diagonal wide angle to capture videos from wide area. It has 4 brushless,14.5-watt, 28,500 rounds per minutes-in-runner motors. The battery is 3 elements 1000mA/hour lithium polymer rechargeable. The four rotors are individually powered for more stable maneuverability.

AR Drone 2.0 In Flight with Indoor Hull
The AR Drone 2.0 is the next generation model of the original AR Drone 1.0. Parrot showcased the new AR Drone 2.0 at CES Las Vegas in 2012. The AR Drone 2.0 design remained unchanged as Parrot focused on making improvements in functionality and developed an increased pilot support network. Significant upgrades were made to the on board equipment of the AR Drone 2.0, all geared toward improving functionality. Parrot also improved the camera quality. Notable changes were also made to the on board sensors, increasing their sensitivity which allow for improved pilot control. An air pressure sensor was added to the ultrasound altimeter providing a better hovering ability and a more stable flight. The WI-Fi hardware was updated to meet the new industry standard and improvements were made to increase the resources available to the on board computer. Parrot didn’t stop there, they made other sensor improvements by upgrading the gyroscope to a 3-axis version, a 3-axis accelerometer and magnetometer.
One of the bonus features announced by Parrot is the addition a Flight Recorder to the AR Drone 2.0. They are also adding 4GB of storage to the drone, including GPS tracking and navigation. The extra storage will give pilots the ability to define a flight path. This will be achieved by selecting a series of predetermined way points for the drone to follow. These changes signify the first official support available for desktop applications to pilot AR Drones. A newly designed battery added to extend flight time by up to 50%.