Technology makes this flying machine just plain clever, writes Joshua Grech
Parrot $349 ardrone.com.au
★★★ master the Drone’s controls. Set-up is simple: make sure the battery is charged (it lasts for 15 minutes, more in later models), download the accompanying app from the App Store and connect to the Drone’s Wi-Fi.
Flights around the office were clunky (these involved avoiding the fire sprinkler), but test flights outside were easier.
Overall, it is a genuinely clever piece of kit.
It takes some bread-andbutter technology and turns it into a seamless and engaging experience (everyone will want a go).
But the current AR Drone is a bit of a novelty, a one-trick pony. Perhaps the AR Drone suffers from being too cuttingedge, and perhaps the addition of more games will improve it.
Whatever the case, it is a curious and curiously intriguing use of technology.
Hove skills: the AR Drone can reach 18km/h.