Over a year and a half after its first announcement, the Parrot AR Drone is still making headlines. This time they're announcing an all-new competition for AR Drone pilots everywhere with the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas for the championship.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 18 months you've probably heard of the augmented reality flying video game/real world quadrocopter that is the Parrot AR.Drone. We've seen this thing at every industry trade show or publicity opportunity imaginable (though it's still admittedly pretty cool.) Now the company has announced a new promotion: an online flying competition.
You should be able to do more with your toy helicopters than fly them around. In fact, as Parrot has proved in the video below, you should be able to put on your dancing shoes and groove along with it, too! Watch as the iPhone-controlled Parrot AR Drone shakes its booty--literally.
Ok, this is reminding me that the toys of my youth were significantly less awesome than what's on the market today. Per Touch Arcade, a new game is in the works for the super-awesome Parrot AR Drone Wi-Fi quadricopter. The app, known as "AR. Pursuit", will function as a "two-player pursuit game" that will have a duo of AR.Drone-equipped people shooting it out in a digital space while flying their Drones in the real world.
The Parrot AR Drone made it's model debut for the next issue of Mac|Life magazine, and we took some behind the scenes teaser footage of the fun-filled photoshoot. Watch Associate Editor, Nic Vargus, get chased by the quadricopter as it's controlled by Online Editor, Robbie Baldwin. And stay tuned to the November issue of the magazine to see the final result of this photoshoot.
When I was a kid, we played videogames with plastic Atari controllers—mine had teeth marks on the joystick for some reason. But time marches on, and now we play with all kinds of futuristic implements: a plastic Fender Stratocaster, motion-sensing nunchucks...and a sophisticated dual-camera, Wi-Fi equipped, iPhone-controlled quadricopter.
Yes, really. Not only is the AR.Drone a mind-blowingly cool toy and efficient way of making nerdy new friends at the park, its support for augmented reality gaming could really help it take off (ooh! pun!) if developers jump on the open platform. At press time, no games were ready, except the built-in "Drone Wars" which requires two copters, one more than we had. But the potential for awesomeness is clear.