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App Watch: Playing an IPhone Game With a Quadricopter

Published on June 21, 2010
by Yukari Iwatani Kane

French wireless device maker Parrot S.A. created a stir at the Consumer Electronics Show in January when the company showed a quadricopter prototype that can be controlled with an iPhone and used with videogames. In a concept known as augmented reality, it allows users to pilot the quadricopter while playing a game on an iPod touch or iPhone, featuring the drone. The front-camera of the iPhone captures the drone’s movements and incorporates them into a game.

At the E3 Expo videogame show last week, Parrot unveiled the final version of the quadricopter, which it calls Parrot AR. Drone. The company said the quadricopter would go on sale in September in the U.S. for $300.

Parrot said it will be offering three apps on Apple’s (AAPL) App Store to accompany the quadricopter. AR. Free Flight is a free basic app that will show users how to pilot the drone.

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