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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 iPhone-Controlled Quadricopter Transmits Inflight HD Video Footage

Visitors at this year's Consumer Electronics Show have the chance to see the next-generation quadricopter which is controlled over WiFi via a smartphone or tablet.

"While in flight, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0's front camera transmits real-time what the quadricopter sees onto the pilot's device screen," the company explains (opens in new tab).

The Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0 is basically a remote controlled helicopter with four separate rotors, equipped with an HD camera capable of streaming 720p video to the AR.FreeFlight 2.0 piloting app on a mobile device.

Dubbed by the makers 'a flying HD camera', the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 takes high-tech toys to the next level, and kids will probably have very little chance of getting the gadget out of their parents' hands.

AR Free Flight 2.0, which is available as a free app from the App Store and Android Market, delivers a new piloting and sharing platform. The app includes features like free flight, guest space, drone update, AR Drone academy (which reveals geolocation data for the best flight areas) and AR games.

To further develop the options offered by this new gadget the company invites app developers to create new software, and a software development kit is available for those who may be interested in the industry.

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 will be available in the second quarter of 2012, costing $299.

If you should happen to lose it while conducting a spying mission over enemy territory, just don't expect them to give it back! (Barack Obama take note (opens in new tab))

Radu is the founder of, and has worked as a freelance writer for ITProPortal, as well as having been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.