If the term AR Drone’ seems like gibberish to you, then you have a lot to catch up on. A team of ten engineers developed a small, helicopter like drone that was released to an unsuspecting public at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas last week. This drone is controlled by an iPhone and looks somewhat like a flying saucer right out of a sci-fi flick.
The drone can move at 18 kilometers per hour, stay airborne for 15 minutes after a 60-minute battery charge, has a maximum range of 50 meters and weighs just over 300 grams. In addition, it streams live video from two cameras to the pilot’s phone via wi-fi.
Although seeing the drone in action might bring to mind military intelligence and spying technology, its creators have different plans for it altogether namely video gaming. The idea is that you pilot the drone and take it into the air, then the targets that the cameras capture are converted into virtual targets on your phone at which you can then fire missiles and operate other gaming actions you play the game on your phone based on the feed from the drone’s cameras.
This is what the AR in AR Drone’ stands for Augmented Reality, where the physical reality is merged with the virtual one to create a gaming experience like never before.
Augmented reality is not a new concept it is present in fields such as medicine, defense, navigation, and even education. However, by taking it to the world of gaming, the AR Drone might just revolutionize gaming in a way that we had never dreamt of.