Another toy quadcopter from CES, begging to be made autonomous

The Parrot AR.Drone was not the only quadcopter at CES. From ArsTechnica, a report on a toy quad with impressive-sounding specs ($299 show price; $399 MSRP). Gyro stabilization and some sort of altitude control (ultrasound). Sounds like it will quickly be sued into extinction by Lucas, but the trend here is clear. The era of cheap and capable quads is upon us. We'll be modding these things for full autonomy and good cameras in no time.

What does this mean for the expensive (multi thousand $s) quadcopters from the semi-pro world, such as the Draganfly and Mikrocopter? I know they're more capable, but is it enough to justify the price difference?

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Comment by tycinis on January 12, 2010 at 10:38am

Some spec from the second video :

ten minute runtime
translation left and right
40 MPH max speed
2000feet max altitude ( 600 mettres )
1 mile range
indoor and outdoor with low wind
beginner / easy to fly

If this retail price in Eu is +- 200 € , i will buy one.
Comment by Overwatch on January 12, 2010 at 10:47am
+$200 for a brushless conversion, +$100 for GPS and baro, $100s for a better RX, up/downlink, and so on... it would definitely be cheaper than DF or MK, but I doubt it would beat the usability/cost ratio of all the really-DIY, off-the-shelf quads like AeroQuad and similar.
Comment by tycinis on January 12, 2010 at 10:50am

USA shipping only

Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 12, 2010 at 10:59am
I want one, for my Star Wars mad 9 year old of course.
Comment by Ho-Chung Chang on January 13, 2010 at 5:18am
Good job!!


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