20
May
And The Coolest Gadget Of Google I/O Award Goes To… AR Drone. [Video + Pics, Google I/O Blitz Coverage, Day 1]

Due to the amount of information crammed into day 1 of the Google I/O conference, I am blitzing through everything that happened, keeping it short and to the point.

Right next to the Chevy Volt, which, by the way, is quite a looker, I saw a couple of guys playing with odd flying machines, called AR Drones. After spending a few minutes talking to them, we got a nice lengthy demo, and let me tell you, this flying monster is beyond cool.

  • AR Drone is a flying RC type UFO looking thing
  • here is the kicker: it is controlled by your Android phone (here they used a Nexus One)
  • you touch the screen and tilt the phone, which controls the direction of where your AR Drone flies
  • it uses Adhoc WiFi, which doesn't require a router and can be used freely in an open field
  • check this out: the AR Drone has dual video cameras which transmit the live feed to the Android phone that is controlling it
  • the covers are interchangeable, so you can have different looking drones
  • the price is unknown and will be "a couple hundred bucks"

Check out the pics and the videos I took below:

And The Coolest Gadget Of Google I/O Award Goes To… AR Drone. [Video + Pics, Google I/O Blitz Coverage, Day 1] And The Coolest Gadget Of Google I/O Award Goes To… AR Drone. [Video + Pics, Google I/O Blitz Coverage, Day 1]

And The Coolest Gadget Of Google I/O Award Goes To… AR Drone. [Video + Pics, Google I/O Blitz Coverage, Day 1] And The Coolest Gadget Of Google I/O Award Goes To… AR Drone. [Video + Pics, Google I/O Blitz Coverage, Day 1]

And The Coolest Gadget Of Google I/O Award Goes To… AR Drone. [Video + Pics, Google I/O Blitz Coverage, Day 1] And The Coolest Gadget Of Google I/O Award Goes To… AR Drone. [Video + Pics, Google I/O Blitz Coverage, Day 1]

And The Coolest Gadget Of Google I/O Award Goes To… AR Drone. [Video + Pics, Google I/O Blitz Coverage, Day 1] And The Coolest Gadget Of Google I/O Award Goes To… AR Drone. [Video + Pics, Google I/O Blitz Coverage, Day 1]

The last shot, which I took after I had already left the demo, is quite hilarious - the constant buzzing above my head made me come back to the AR Drone table and witness the drone glued to the ceiling, trying desperately to fly away, without any desire to come down. I hope these guys don't start making real airplanes any time soon.

Check out these videos showing AR Drone in action. Sorry for the non-HD quality - I'm planning on buying an HD camera soon (or see if the EVO 4G quality is good enough).

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.uvrx.com/ James

    lol, awesome.
    Can it do split screen or just one cam at a time?
    Would be cool to have one cam facing down and the other facing straight ahead.

    Cheers

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'm not sure actually - I'm going to try to find out today.

  • Yoav

    Looks AWESOME, but a couple hundred bucks is too much.
    I'm looking forward to hear about the exact price and specs.

    :)

  • Vlad

    If they keep the price around $200 then I'll be buying one. It looks awesome.

  • voxelman

    It has two cameras. On camera points forward the other points down. It also has an ultrasonic sensor that is used for altitude control. The Retail price in the US is $399. This is quite a deal if you are familiar with other Quadcopters.

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