AR Drone

Technology makes this fly­ing ma­chine just plain clever, writes Joshua Grech

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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.

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