The Parrot A.R. Drone 2.0 is currently touring the Australian media circuit ahead of its release this June.
Earlier today, we got the chance to go hands-on with the new and improved Drone, which is noticeably more stable in flight than the original version and controls more predictably. And yes, I was the first person to crash it, but only one time!
The drone is controlled by an application on a compatible iOS or Android device, and functioned well on both the iPad and iPhone.
Aside from improved flight, the A.R. Drone 2.0 places a heavy emphasis on HD video recording with its new 1280x720 camera, which can record directly to your iOS or Android device via WiFi, or to on-board USB memory.
The original Drone didn't feature any official video recording software, but did allow third parties to create apps through an open development platform, as will the Drone 2.0.
Parrot found that over 12,000 videos were uploaded to YouTube using the Drone, even without official video recording software, and decided to make it the focus of version 2.0 based on user feedback.
The A.R. Drone 2.0 will fly into Australian stores this June with an R.R.P. of $349.
By Ben Salter - Tweet @Ben_Salter