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CES: AR.Drone = Augmented Reality meets Predator Drone!

I have used a Parrot Bluetooth Car Kit for a number of years, so I was a little surprised to see their latest product.
Their AR.Drone is a departure from Bluetooth accessories they are known for, but it is indeed an accessory for the iPhone.
 

The best way to describe this item is a combination of those helicopters you see in shopping mall kiosks and an unmanned predator drone!
 

The unit can be controlled by an iPhone or iPod touch, just by tilting. Two on-board cameras forward and down/vertical) give you pilot and birds-eye view from your AR.Drone, all transmitted via WiFi.


Sorry, there are no weapons on this bad boy, but you can play virtual games incorporating Augmented Reality (the latest craze in iPhone apps) and you can play indoors or outdoors, alone or versus other AR Drones.

Parrot is encouraging open source development for this device. Details at http://www.ARDrone.org and http://www.twitter.com/ARDrone

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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.