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5 Toys You Control With an iPhone


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AR.Drone
The AR.Drone has two available outer hulls, one better for outside use, the other optimized for indoor flying. This photo shows one of them in action.
The AR.Drone has two available outer hulls, one better for outside use, the other optimized for indoor flying. This photo shows one of them in action.
Photo Courtesy AR.Drone and Parrot

The AR.Drone is a carbon fiber quadricopter consisting of four motors that allow this aerial device to hover in place or zip through the air. It comes equipped with forward- and downward-aiming video cameras capable of live streaming, and it can capture still shots as well. All of this visual aerial footage is transmitted directly to the iPhone that's operating it, which doubles as the remote control for the device. The AR.Drone can travel up to about 11 miles per hour (18 kilometers an hour) but the running time is limited to about 12 minutes.

If you lack confidence in your ability to launch and land the drone, you can also put it into autopilot mode. If the iPhone loses the Wi-Fi connection or a phone call comes in while the drone is up in the air, autopilot takes control in those situations, too. Apart from solo flights, AR.Drones can also interact with and battle each other in various ways, including registering successful virtual strikes against combatants.

Up next, a device that's fun for humans, as well as their feline friends.