In Pictures: Parrot's iPhone controlled AR.Drone

Parrot's AR Drone
Surely everyone with an iPhone wants one of these?

CES Unveiled 2010 unveiled a number of great tech-related treats this year, but none come close to Parrot's ultra-cool iPhone-controlled AR.Drone.

Greeting everyone as they entered the pre-show CES 2010 warm-up, the 'quadricopter' can fly around a room, powered by its four propellers each driven by a separate engine.

Parrot drone

But the best bit about the gadget isn't that it uses more wind power than your average wind farm but that it can be completely controlled by your iPhone.

There are two cameras (one is wide angle and one is high speed) positioned on the AR.Drone which allow it to feed back information to your iPhone.

Parrot ar drone

This means that you can use the accelerometer in your mobile to control the copter. So if you want it to dive forward, you push the phone forward and to rise you pull the iPhone back.

The manufacturer of the AR.Drone, Parrot, told TechRadar that the way it works is through its very own Wi-Fi network and that it is the ultimate 'augmented reality' app for your iPhone, as you are actually controlling a real thing. They also noted that there is even room for multi-player AR.Drone action.

Parrot ar drone app

And it doesn't seem to be just the iPhone which will be able to control the AR.Drone – its makers have made the control system open platform, so expect an Android version soon.

Before we got our hopes up to much, we asked a Parrot rep if the AR.Drone would be coming to the UK. The reply: "Of course. The European market will see the AR.Drone sometime this year."

That's Christmas sorted then.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.