Every child dreams of becoming a firemen or a doctor when they grow up. Some children, however, are more “daring” than others. I myself, as a child, had always wanted to be a helicopter pilot. The only thing that was holding me back was my fear of heights and the lack of expertise in complex aerial equipments. My hopes and dreams seemed dashed until today when my friend, P Pan, introduce me to a new invention.
This dream maker is called the A.R. Drone by Parrot Corporation. It’s a miniaturized helicopter type machine that allows you to control it through the touch of your iphone screen. It’s onboard Wi-Fi network allows it to be controlled by not only apple devices (ipods, iphones, and ipads), but also from your PC, which requires A.R. Drone software. Another of the A.R. Drone feature is that it is equipped with multiplayer software, which allows two different drones to play games against one another through Wi-Fi network. The A.R. Drone is designed to be played indoors and outdoors. The full hull shield protect it’s routers from causing or receiving any damages during battles or from other appliances in the house, while the streamline aerodynamic shape also allows for maximum control in outdoors situations.
Just when you think the A.R. Drone could not get any cooler, it presents another feature. The drone is equipped with two cameras, one in the front, while the other facing the ground. The cameras can be switch back and forth by the controller through an easy switch embedded within the A.R. Drone application. The controller can see what the drone sees through his or her iphone or ipod as if he or she is in the cockpit of the drone. The A.R. Drone has many features, which are highlighted in the following youtube clip:
The drone cost around 15,350 baht and can be found in Bangkok at ISTUDIO store in Central World Plaza and Gaysorn Plaza. To sum it up, this is one extremely cool device that can be used for variety of activities in the city!