AR Drone Quadricopter Merges Augmented Reality and Robotics (Video)

A drone that lets you play augmented-reality games -- will this idea fly?

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Erico Guizzo is IEEE Spectrum's Digital Innovation Director.

There are plenty of flying robots out there (up there?) -- DIY drones, quadrotor squads, autonomous UAVs, and little robo-insectoids -- but Parrot's AR Drone is perhaps the first to combine robotics with the emerging, and heavily hyped up, field of augmented reality, or AR. The quadricopter vehicle carries two cameras and can stream video to an iPhone via Wi-Fi. On the phone, the live video is overlaid with flight controls and additional graphics for a variety of games. Watch the video above and then tell us: Would you buy one?

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