The folks at Parrot have been promising us an Android app for the AR.Drone since pretty much day one. Well, it certainly took long enough (it's been over a year since the app was demoed at Google I/O), but pre-made quadrocopter fans no longer have to reach for unofficial solutions to pilot their unmanned vehicle with their Droids. Sadly, games for the flying augmented reality platform are still MIA, but at least you can fire up AR.FreeFlight and have the $299 UAV tear around your block and annoy your neighbors. But, it shouldn't take long for some one to whip up something fun with the SDK. Check out the video and PR after the break, and hit up the more coverage link to download the free app now.
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Parrot AR.Drone: Piloting now possible on Android™
Paris, September 2nd, 2011 - Parrot, leader in wireless peripherals for mobile phones, brings the experience of piloting the AR.Drone to users of Smartphones running Android™.
'AR.FreeFlight' and SDK for Android™
The users of Android–powered smartphones and fans of the Parrot AR.Drone can now find a free version of AR.FreeFlight's piloting application developed by Parrot on Android Market™.
Once the application has been downloaded and connected via Wi-Fi with the quadricopter, the device's screen turns into a true piloting station.
Besides, the Software Development Kit of the Parrot AR.Drone, available free of charge on https://projects.ardrone.org, allows the developers to leave free court with their imagination and create new applications dedicated to the AR.Drone on the Android platform.
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Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, stands on the cutting edge of innovation. The company was founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux as part of his determination to drive the inevitable breakthrough of mobile phones into everyday life by creating high-quality, user-friendly wireless devices for easy living. Parrot has developed the most extensive range of hands-free systems on the market for cars, motorbikes and scooters, including wireless multimedia products geared towards audiovisual applications. In 2008, Parrot launched a new prestigious line of high-end products bearing the hallmark of renowned artists and in 2010, the AR.Drone, the first quadricopter piloted via wi-fi and using augmented reality.