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E3 Vidcast :: Flying Into the Future with the Parrot AR Drone

Posted by Cat on July 16, 2010

Last year on Nerdy Show we were continually having our minds blown by the leaps and bounds in augmented reality tech (AR) and its increasingly mainstream exposure.  We covered it on the show a lot,  including a trip to the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality by our sci-tech guy, Jon West.  AR even made it onto our Top 20 Nerdy Things of 2009 list at number 11.  So far 2010 has been relatively quiet on the AR front… but NO LONGER!

Introducing the first augmented reality jaw-dropper of 2010, and the most incredible piece of consumer-ready AR we’ve ever seen: The Parrot AR Drone.  The AR Drone is essentially a Cypher from Metal Gar Solid but made for fun, not espionage.  Okay, maybe espionage – it’s all in how you use it.  It’s a bit light on actual augmented reality, but come on! It’s a remote flying and hovering aircraft with a camera that you control with your iPhone.  It’s incredible.  A perfect example of the future staring you straight in the face.  See for yourself:

There’s a lot of cool video games etc. coming out this holiday, but I think I speak for all of us when I say that this machine trumps all of them in its baffling futuristic awesomeness.  But use it responsibly, gang.  The Drone is an incredibly fun and amazing entertainment machine, so keep it that way.  We don’t want another General Zevo on our hands.

UPDATE: You can now pre-order the AR Drone at!

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Cat is Executive Producer of The Nerdy Show Network as well as Lead Host of the titular Nerdy Show podcast and one of the site's founders. Her illustration, graphic design, and writing both journalistic and fictitious have appeared in various publications and public spaces.

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