blogPosted on: January 19, 2012 by: Cary Lahucik
Like a Phoenix from the ashes. Rebirth of our AR.Drone.
The AR.Drone is a RC quadracopter. It has an inertial guidance system that consists of an accelerometer, gyros and an ultrasonic altimeter. If the inertial guidance system didn’t get you, I’ll add that it has two cameras streaming live video via WiFi to an iPhone that also acts as the remote control.
We purchased our AR.Drone during a particularly jolly company holiday party. It’s sort of a TSD (time share drone). Once you get to know me you’ll understand that it doesn’t take very much alcohol to sell me on a new tech gadget. Several of us at Point B enjoyed taking it through it’s paces, in and out of workspaces and to the top of our 18 foot ceilings.
While we were surprised at our quadracopter’s nimble performance, we were equally surprises at how easily its fiberglass cross-member snapped in half. Placing blame is unimportant. What? What is important is that only 12 months and about $50 in spare parts later, our AR.Drone is up again and flying as good as new(ish).
If you want to see the propaganda that got us to buy this thing in the first place, visit www.youtube.com/ardrone. We hope you enjoy seeing Point B through the eyes of the AR.Drone.