Parrot's AR.Drone has been hovering around neighborhoods for a few years now and it was only a matter of time before Parrot delivered an upgraded model -- enter the AR. Drone 2.0. Officially revealed here at CES 2012, the second generation quadricopter has been equipped with upgraded HD cameras and sports a new leaner design.
The AR.Drone will also have new flight app at it's disposal that provides “Absolute Control” and promises to make flying the smartphone controlled quadricopter even easier than it was before. Another feature meant to improve flight capabilities is the addition of a 3D magnetometer. This means “the pilot no longer needs to care about the orientation of the AR.Drone 2.0?s front camera, which will accurately track the smartphone’s motion and tilt.”
Traditional flight options will still be available for folks that are used to them and we'll even be able to set pre-determined flight paths so the drone can cruise around on auto-pilot. Parrot has also added a pressure sensor to increase vertical stability and a new blade design for better flight overall.
Just like the original, AR.Drone 2.0 will have flight apps available on iOS and Android devices, and an open development platform will allow third-party developers to create apps of their own. The new model will go on sale in Q2 of 2012 and will keep the current $299 price tag. We'll be keeping our eyes open for this bad boy on the show floor and try to get a video up as soon as we can.