Imagine flying your own personal drone around while capturing video you never thought you’d be able to record. The new AR.Drone 2.0 allows you to make these types of dream a reality. Chris was fortunate enough to get a live demonstration of these awesome little babies during CES 2013 this week. He’s attending the conference thanks to our friends at AMD, and I have it on good authority that he’d love one of these drones for himself.
When paired with the AR.FreeFlight application, your possibilities are nearly endless. Geolocate your AR.Drone 2.0 with the GPS, keep track of where the device is at every moment and then store all of your video in the built-in flash memory. As soon as you’re satisfied you’ve captured everything you need, immediately upload and share your creation right from the application.
Setting up and using your AR.Drone 2.0 is pretty easy from the looks of things. Simply make your choices from the huge variety of pre-programmed moves. Choose your movement speed and adjust your optical settings. The drone will cleanly move through its paces according to your specifications. You can even set up your shot by picking between traveling, pan and crane shots while adjusting speed and movement in real time if you want.
Once your flight has ended and your video has been captured, you can choose to do a little post-production work. Correct and stabilize to your heart’s content:
Reprojection will correct the round border effects created by wide angle lens. The stability chart lets you see how stable your original video is to suggest either a low, medium, high or very high stabilization correction. By cropping into the original video and eliminating all the hiccups and glitches you’ll get a perfect smooth and stable shot.
Grabbing one of these for yourself will cost you a little: the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter model runs around $300.00 on Amazon and can be controlled using an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android-enabled device. The FreeFlight application to go along with your drone is completely free via Google Play or iTunes. If you would like, you can also purchase a beefed-up battery, extra propellers and other accessories.
What would you create using an AR.Drone if you had one? Where would you fly?