Friday, October 01, 2010

The age of gadgets

  • At the tail end of this video short from Engadget on the Jimmy Fallon's Late Night Show, you’ll see a quadricopter flying in the studio, controlled from an iPhone. Some very clever stabilisation electronics in the puppy, that’s for sure:
    The AR.Drone uses a pile of pretty sophisticated magic to enable it to fly -- those aforementioned cameras are just the start (one forward facing, one facing down running at 60 fps that allows stability in light wind) because you've also got two ultrasonic transmitters for vertical stability, a three-axis accelerometer, and a two-axis gyroscope paired with a single-axis yaw precision gyroscope for good measure
  • Windows Phone, Blackberry control to be added later hopefully Smile A tad pricey though at $299