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Aspiring remote pilots, one of the most popular remote control drones is on sale with a whopping discount over at Woot. The Parrot AR Drone 2.0, controllable from just about any Android phone or tablet via the free pilot app, is just $169.99 on Woot.com's daily sale. That's a full $130 off the Amazon price for the same model, though this version is refurbished (or "factory reconditioned" as the Woot description puts it.)

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The AR Drone is a quadcopter that's surprisingly fast, maneuverable, and easy-to-fly with the simple remote control app. You'll need an Android or iOS device to pilot it - there's no hardware controller included. The onboard 720p camera can transmit and record video to your phone. This is the second of three versions of the Parrot AR Drone models, with improved flight stability, camera resolution, and WiFi reception over version one. The latest iteration, the "Elite" version, adds longer flight time and more color options, but otherwise it's the same toy, currently retailing for $300-370. The Woot package includes the standard drone, battery, charger, and both closed and open-rotor Styrofoam shells. Colors are random, though the description says most of them have blue trim.

This gadget is a great introduction to the remote control and robotics hobbies, especially if you happen to have an NVIDIA SHIELD hanging around, since it supports twin-stick hardware controls. As with all primary Woot sales, the price is good for today only (or until stock runs dry), and shipping anywhere in the United States.

Source: Woot.com

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Chris

    Pretty intriguing actually but don't think I'm ready to drop that much on a toy that'd I'd probably be bored with within the day...

  • EH101

    I'd love one of these, but I'm going to refrain because I'm sure I'd break it somehow. I'll stick with my 30 dollar helicopter. The parts for that guy are super cheap.

  • frafri

    me want. :)

  • wpfn

    Received one of these as a gift and returned it. 1.5 hours to charge battery that lasts 20 minutes tops. Cool toy, still not worth the price imo.

  • Cory_S

    I was about to buy it...but then I remembered how mad I got at my wife for spending 150 dollars on jeans two day sago...I can only imagine what happen if this showed up less than a week later.

    • aatifsumar

      Hey unless you made her return the jeans, I say go for it.

      • Cory_S

        That's her logic. I can't give in. "Well, you bought a new toy, so I get to" Soon every 50 dollar purchase is 100+

        • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

          Tell her you bought it to record her nice ass in her new jeans ;) That can't fail.

        • frafri

          1st world problems.

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      Divorce her.

  • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

    Shoot, I"ll sell mine for $150. I only used it at my wedding and now its sitting in the box in a closet.

    • Brad

      I kinda feel that's how these go... one and done

      • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

        Possibly, but I only intended to use it there and then to scare my cats but decided not to scare the cats

    • rob

      $150. nice which model & year Rob reply to usrebel63 I have a gmail account

  • Cory_S

    I could have use for a real Drone. Something to survey trails for my jeep when we go trialing for obstructions, floods, etc. But This thing probably has a range of 200 feet.