The Ar.Drone, an awesome quad-copter by Parrot which we took a close look at back in September, just got a major upgrade. Parrot has unveiled the Ar.Drone 2.0, which brings many revisions (enhancements) to the original concept.

Update: Here's a look at the Ar.Drone 2.0 in action. Watch it flip!

One of the most notable improvements is that the drone's onboard camera can now beam 720p HD video back to your device. Parrot's new control app also makes it easy to record and share flight video. This app, by the way, supports iOS and a wide, wide range of Android devices including phones and tablets.

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The drone's body has also gotten a makeover, increasing durability and strength. Stability has also been greatly enhanced, due to dual ultrasound sensors that detect the drone's position relative to the ground and flatten the device when flying at heights under 6 meters, as well as a pressure sensor which increases stability at higher altitudes. Of course, the drone is linked to your device via Wi-Fi, so there are limits on how far up the quad-copter can go in the first place.

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The Ar.Drone 2.0 also senses the user's position, enabling tilt controlled piloting based on your own perspective. The option to control the drone using its onboard camera is still present for advanced users, however.

While an exact release date is not yet available, the Ar.Drone 2.0 should be available in Q2 2012, for a cool $300. Of course we'll be here to cover any further details that roll out.

via Gizmodo

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  • Mesmorino

    I notice no mention is made of an improved battery life

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

      No kidding, that's the #1 complaint in every review I read of this thing. I'm too lazy to look any of them up right now, but I seem to remember that 12 minutes was the rough max you were likely to get on the original. If this one isn't any better, I can't see the attraction.

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

      There is no improvement, we asked specifically. Sad panda.

      • Nick Coad

        You should pop that in the article, since Cody is right about it being the #1 thing people would want to know.

  • OFI

    $300? ffffffffuuuuuuuu

    We pay almost £300 for the current version here.

    Well I say "we", I don't because it's just too much :-/ Do want though :-(

    • nocturnhabeo

      "Well I say "we", I don't because it's just too much"

      That made me laugh. It sucks that you pay double the price though...

  • Paul

    Interesting. If I had $300 to waste I'd get one, I've always wanted the 1st one, now their's a new and improved version.

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

    Added video of AR.Drone flipping in the air.

  • Pawnty

    O_O 12 minutes of battery life? why the hell would anyone buy this for 12 minutes of battery life. what use could you get out of 12 minutes...

  • Jaz

    I would pay $300 if the battery life was better. you'd think they would have fixed this battery issue with so many complaints. Oh well. I guess enough people are buying it to keep them in business.

  • slurms mckenzie

    it is badass but for 300$ and 12 mins of battery life fuck that

  • Omar

    I do not think they can "fix the battery."
    radiocontol helicopters have the same autonomy

  • Justin

    I've got the original. Bought 3 upgraded batteries for mine. Get a little extra time with those. Most rc helicopters have a similar battery life. Flies easier than my other copters also.

  • Ginga

    You can buy batteries on eBay that claim to give 30 min life, it's around 90$ for 2.. And there must be a way to bi pass the wi fi limit? Or reach a greater distance then 150? I've read online people going up to 1500ft with an upgrade they purchased? Any info on this?

    • Jamie

      This is well worth the price just for the technology.. Also it can be increased with the use of a yellow jack (this is a ardinio device the allow direct transfer of protocols from wifi to 2.4ghz) so you can use a normal 6ch handset but I recommend one with spring loads sticks on eBay for about $175 already programmed and set up. You can get up to 350mtrs with it

  • Andre

    You know how you have the first gen ar drone you should be given the opportunity to trade thefirat one in to get the 2.0

    • MB

      Trade in the first to gt the second gen? Why? Who does that? With anything? That's just whining about paying to stay upto date on technology. There will be a third and fourth gen, more efficient, better load carrying, longer batteries, improved range and sensors and every other kind of improvement. Just because it's better than one you bought, doesn't mean you're subsidised for extra technology. They do it for money you now...