Parrot AR Drone Initial Hands-On Overview!

The package: The box contains the AR Drone, outdoor and indoor bodies, a 1000 MaH LiPo battery and also battery charger, plugs for a number of country electric outlets, plus a target.

About the Indoors flight: This is when the Parrot AR Drone excels. Push a single button, and the propellers spin up, then adjust into high-speed for that clean and stable take off. After that it hovers at three feet, expecting further instructions. In beginner mode (right button), you are able to rotate and go up and down. In the pilot mode (left button), you are able to fly forwards and backward and left and right. Put together both, and you essentially have total control.

The optical flow location hold is best suited on a textured floor, such as a patterned floor covering or tiled floor. On a absolutely featureless floor (concrete floor or sleek, unpatterned carpet) it could tend to wander a lttle bit. Total flight time is a bit less than 10 mins in my experience.

While you fly over furniture, the ultrasonic height hold could get confused. It often climbs up while you fly over a couch and sometimes it falls. Sometimes it will get so puzzled the AR Drone goes to the ceiling. But in general, it does a fairly good job.

Outdoors flight: It’s not the AR Drone most effective suit. For starters, it won’t fly over fifteen feet (because of the range of the ultrasonic sensor I guess). Furthermore, the position hold actually only is effective when there is absolutely no breeze. Should the wind picks up, the AR Drone starts to tilt and shakes, plus the optical flow camera will lose its lock. Often this means it really drifts, maybe it is going to scoot off in a random course after having a wind strong gust.

Though when there is no wind, it is possible to fly as far as the wireless connection allows you to. We have successfully tested up to a hundred feet.