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Parrot AR Drone 2.0: WiFi-controlled Quadricopter




This is the latest acquisition in our gadget collection — the Parrot AR Drone 2.0. It’s a WiFi-controlled quadricopter with a built-in HD video recorder that stores directly into the smartphone or tablet.

We first saw this during CES but have not found a local store that carries it and supports warranty. Fortunately, the new gadget store (named Pismo) at the East Wing of the newly renovated EDSA Shangri-la had a lot of them on stock. The place is truly a gadget-haven.

Earlier this year, we also bought a large toy helicopter thinking that we can hook up a GoPro Hero 3 in it to record areal videos. The Parrot AR Drone has a built-in video camera that records up to 720p.

While reviewing the Nokia Lumia 925, we also attempted to attach the smartphone in the Drone and it was able to lift it with ease.

The Drone 2.0 comes with two body — one for indoors which has a styrofoam enclosure around all four rotors (to secure the blades away from humans) and another one for outdoors with the blades exposed.

Here’s a demo video we took over the week-end.

We’ll be doing more test videos and share them with you.

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 sells for Php18,790 over at Pismo, EDSA Shang-rila.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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29 Responses

  1. Raul Barrios says:

    Can it go any higher?

  2. shryock says:

    it would be interesting to see your show shot on this drone.

    or an article about “Top Ten Practical Uses of Parrot AR Drone 2.0”

  3. Carl Bytes says:

    How’s the control using touch screen vs. conventional RCs? Nice article.

    • TacticalNinja says:

      I know the question is for the writer, but I’ll give you my opinion anyway. Between touchscreen and traditional RC controller, I’d prefer the traditional (mechanical joystick) rather than the touchscreen simply for precision controlling. Similar to PC Gaming, I prefer the traditional mechanical keyboards rather than the chic/laptop-style keyboards since gives more tactile feedback.

    • Abe Olandres says:

      @Carl Bytes the touch controls in the app is a little harder to use. I think mechanical controls are way better.

  4. TacticalNinja says:

    I know the question is for the writer, but I’ll give you my opinion anyway. Between touchscreen and traditional RC controller, I’d prefer the traditional (mechanical joystick) rather than the touchscreen simply for precision controlling. Similar to PC Gaming, I prefer the traditional mechanical keyboards rather than the chic/laptop-style keyboards since gives more tactile feedback.

  5. drone says:

    @yuga, how about the battery life? how long does it last on a full charge.

  6. drone says:

    Hindi sulit ang 18k for just 12 minutes of fun at a time hehehe

  7. Iyan Sommerset says:

    At 12 minutes of battery life, that really limits this to just…a toy. I was thinking of using these for ecological surveys but the height limit and the battery life really does hamper it a bit.

    Still, as a toy, a 10 meter flight ceiling seems a bit low. That’s just begging to be snagged on a power/telephone/cable line. It’s probably built with the white, suburban American family in mind.

  8. Thank you very much for your feedback Sir Abe! Till your next visit as you promised!

  9. Edwin C says:

    Medyo may kamahalan. Sarili mo na lang lagyan mo ng camera tapos launch yourself from your balcony.

  10. Drone 2.0 says:

    @iyansommerset dude if you don’t want to spend that much for this as your hobby just shut up your mouth and fuck off!!! If you want to play the drone for more than 12 minutes then you should purchase more than one battery like what I did. And by the way there’s a new battery that last for 18 minutes. If you don’t have money to buy the drone just shut up and don’t post a negative comment. PAPANSIN KA LANG EH! KUPAL KA! GAGO KA! MAKITID UTAK MU GAGO!!!

  11. Drone 2.0 says:

    @iyansommerset dude gago ka putang ina mu, kung wla kang sasabihing maganda s drone manahimik kn lng, baka wla kang pera pambili kaya kung maka comment k ganyan. PUATANG INA MU BIGAY MU ADDRESS MU SKIN O I-POST MU DITO DADAYUHIN KITA GAGO. ITUTUMBA KITANG GAGO KA< DAPAT AND MGA TULAD MU INAALIS N DTO S MUNDO GAGO KA.

  12. Drone 2.0 says:

    @Edwin C cge brod gawin mu yang iniisip mu tpos tawagan mu ko para maglalagay aq ng mga tusok tusok at mga bubug s baba ng balcony mu. para pagbagsak mu HEAVEN k.

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  14. BKPN says:

    where is this available (philippines) do you know any suppliers of this? thanks.

  15. ccska0211 says:

    Hello, ano yung maximum load ang Kaya nito drone??

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