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CES 2010: Robot controlled by iPhone demonstrated

CES 2010: Robot controlled by iPhone demonstrated

The Parrot A.R. Drone is the first ever remote-controlled flying robot that uses the built-in motion controls of the iPhone to make its way through the air.

Four helicopter blades keep the Drone floating above the ground and Parrot hopes that it will be able to use the device as part of augmented reality mobile gameplay in the future.

At the moment all of the cool gaming possibilities are just theory, with the practical application of the Drone limited to flying and little else, but for most this is exciting enough.

The Drone makes use of on-board video cameras and its own set of accelerometers to fly straight and level and the iPhone interacts with the Drone via a Wi-Fi connection, which Parrot claims will allow the Drone to be controlled from a distance of over 50 metres.

You only get a quarter of an hour in the air from an hour and a half's charge, but there is plenty of fun to be had in that brief period.

Parrot has indicated that it will be producing the Drone commercially, hoping to get it into shops at some point this year, although no word on pricing has been forthcoming as yet.

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