When the AR.Drone was first introduced we really didn't think flying the smartphone controlled UAV could get any easier, but with the help of new sensors and the "Absolute Control" flight mode Parrot proved us wrong during our hands-on at CES 2012. In the video below you can see Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0 in action as well as some footage taken with the AR.Drone 2.0's on-board HD camera.
What's not seen in the video is the new AR.FreeFlight 2.0 app that will be used to pilot the second generation drone. The app will be available for Android and iOS devices and lets pilots to record 720p video straight to the device they're using to fly. Photos can also be taken and any content captured with the drone's on-board camera can be instantly saved to the device. From there we'll be able to share it through YouTube and Facebook straight from the app – no PC needed.
Parrot is also introducing the AR.Drone Academy with the AR.FreeFlight 2.0 app, which will act as a sort of social hub for AR.Drone pilots around the globe. Members will be able to share videos of their best flights via their personal AR.Drone Academy profile page. Parrot also said they plan on incorporating a world map that will use the location tracking in smartphones and tablets to show where AR.Drones have been flown.
Sadly, no specific release date has been announced for the AR.Drone 2.0, but we do know it will be available sometime in the second half of 2012. Pricing will be the same $299.99 that nabs you the original AR.Drone right now.