Apple or Android: which platform, tablet and "hacks" works best with the Parrot AR Drone 2.0?


Judging from feedback on other forums, the
Apple iPad offers the most mature
flight control hardware and software solutions for the
Parrot AR Drone 2.0.

However, the
Apple platform is a "closed shop" when it come to developing
solutions that overcome the short-comings of the
Parrot AR Drone 2.0.

This is where the
non-Apple world of Android, Samsung and others becomes attractive.

So, the goal of this thread is to find the
Android-based tablet, Apps and "hacks" that
works best with the Parrot AR Drone 2.0, and determine how and where they out-perform
the current version of the
Apple iPad.

Special attention should be given to
OEM and "hacked" radio interface solutions.

Also, which
Android tablet offers the most robust WiFi radio interface for the
Parrot AR Drone 2.0?  Which radio interface will take-over the role of WiFi?
Will it be the built-in
4G-LTE, or a Spektrum DSMX break-out box or dongle,
or some other new, turnkey solution?

The final variable is size. What works better; the 10", the 4", or SmartPhones?


-peter

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After using a motorola razr maxx, ipad2, and kindle fire, my #1 choice for control is the kindle fire. I fly joystick mode and not tilt so my rating is off that. 

Ryan,

If you get the chance, try the Nvidia SHIELD mentioned here (see link)

and report back on how well it controls the Parrot AR Drone 2.0. Thanks.

-peter

PS: since my original post on this thread on February 8, 2013, the Apple App Store
       dropped support for the AR Drone 2.0 FreeFlight, with all kinds of rumors as to
       why this happened.


Spektrum and Futuba, where are you?

It's only a matter of time before radio control unit manufactures,
like Spektrum and Futuba, et al., begin to incorporate FPV screens,
and video control uplinks, and video steaming and telemetry downlinks
into some futuristic "DX-10.0-series" controller units ;-)

Hopefully, they'll send me a demo so I can review it ;-)
Hopefully future RTF drone makers will build their drones

around this technology, when it matures.

-peter


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