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CES 2012: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0: The unarmed flying film-maker's companion
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CES 2012: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0: The unarmed flying film-maker's companion

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The cool quad-copter gets updated with new flight control software and a 720p video camera in its nose.

Speaker 1: Hi, Rafe Needleman from CNET and I'm at CES talking to the Parrot AR Drone version 2.0. This new version of this Quadricopter has a 720p camera right there, so you can take videos of your adventures and we're gonna... it is unarmed, by the way. And we're gonna talk to Henri Seydoux, CEO of Parrot about what this thing is about. It's still making me a little nervous. We'll be right back. So, Henri what's new in the Parrot AR Drone 2.0? Speaker 2: The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 come with an HD camera. And has a possibility to record on your iPad on your iPhone the... what AR Drone sees. Speaker 1: Okay. And you control it the same way or there are remotes to fly it around as well? Speaker 2: Yeah, remotes to control it. And especially a remotes called Absolute Control, where it's much more easy for beginners to control the flying device. Speaker 1: And you do that? How do you control it? Is it moving your finger around or tilting the device? Speaker 2: Yes, you control it tilting the device, but now you have a (minute?) meter in the iPhone or iPad, but also you have one on the Drone, so both are aligned and you don't have to mentally realign yourself with Drone. You just pilot as if you were the pilot in front is in front, left is left, right is right. Speaker 1: Okay. Speaker 2: However, it's all it's done. Speaker 1: Now, I understand there are also games on this device kind of augmented reality where you're looking here at what your Drone sees and there is additional reality on top of it. Speaker 2: Exactly. So you... we use a camera to detect the enemy (stags?) and we have Drone (Batters?), Drone (Risers?) and Drone video games whereas the (properties?) are reality, but also added (sim?)to the reality the images that you see on your iPad. Speaker 1: But to me the most interesting thing about this is as a film maker's tool, so are people using this to make movies or as part of making new... new types of films? Speaker 2: It's a new kind of device... high tech device and you have now, the thousand of video taken by the users on YouTube flying over crocodiles or there is a one that's flying in the middle of the fireworks by night where it has its own frame there and you have as a user you'll have (helicopters?) Speaker 1: And now you can do it in HD. Speaker 2: Now, you can do it in HD and put it on YouTube free.

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