After contributing to Kate Allen's discussion entitled, "The Toronto Star Story,"
I thought it was time to start my own discussion on the Parrot AR Drone 2.0.
"Why", you ask? "It's just a toy with all kinds of problems," you say.
"You're absolutely right," is my response. But, I don't feel I have a choice.
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is an almost-Ready-To-Fly "toy" drone, with a built-in
720 p camera. It is an open-source platform, at least on the Android-side,
which makes it a semi-Do-It-Yourself platform, which is why I don't feel guilty,
and justified, in starting a discussion about this product on the DIY Drone website.
I feel this thread should be dedicated to discussing all of the open-source hacks that
are coming on-line that should make some future version of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0
a more useful, entry-level, hobby-grade FPV platform. Currently, it is not. But the
foundation is in-place. I wish I could find a better product to feature.
Right now, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is my only, practical choice.
Anybody who becomes serious about drones will quickly graduate to a another platform.
But, until that happens, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is as good a place as any, to start.
I consider February 1, 2013 the official start date for this discussion, in honor of STS-107.