We’ve written a lot about our Hackathon hackers: their shirts, their hats, their ability to code all night sustained by only junk food, beer, and Red Bull. But this year we decided to do something a little different.
We followed one hacker, David Kay, through all 24 hours of the event. Through the ups, through the downs, and through the delirious moments. → Read More
Let’s just cut to the chase. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is awesome. Pricey? Sure — it’s $300. It’s a toy that costs as much as the smartphone you’d be controlling it with, but it’s a grown-up’s toy, and one that makes a jaded John Biggs very happy. This is far more than I can say for most of the gadgetry on the market today. But John’s opinion aside, this thing just rocks.
The quadcopter… → Read More
There are plenty of ways to get your flight school kicks with your smartphone or tablet — this missile shooting Griffin chopper comes to mind — but few manage to ooze as much style (or cost as much money) as Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0.
Getting the thing ready to fly is surprisingly simple. Once you’ve popped the battery into place, and turned the thing on, the Drone creates its own Wi-Fi… → Read More
If you’ve ever wanted a whirring quadcopter to fly dangerously close to your head and then suddenly flip over completely, righting itself before your eyes, you may want to put $300 down for the AR Drone 2, Parrot’s latest version of their amazing device. → Read More
In our last TechCrunch Gadgets Webcast on the CES 2012 show floor, we interviewed Henri Seydoux, CEO of Parrot. We had the opportunity to watch the drone in action – it was wildly terrifying having this thing floating above our heads while we talked – and we recapped the show including some of our Best of Show picks and, important, interviews with actual event-goers who loved to talk about what… → Read More
Man, I love me some AR.Drone. It’s literally the coolest thing I’ve used in a long time. And the best part? It just gets cooler. This video shows us what I’m assuming is a non-doctored video of a WinWise employee using a Microsoft Surface to control a Parrot AR.Drone. → Read More
It seems, at least at first blush, that we are out of the slimy gullet and into the potentially less dangerous teeth of this recession. Joblessness is still high but folks I know who are working in IT and CS are in high demand. People are hiring, but not out in the open, and shoppers, as evidenced by this year’s holiday season, have a little bit of cash. But CE manufacturers, back in 2008, pulled… → Read More
It’s video time, folks. Here is the latest episode of one of our newest TCTV shows, Fly or Die. (For those of you paying attention, before it was called Death/Star for the pilot, but we changed it to make the name clearer). Fly or Die is a review show where Crunchgear editor John Biggs and I take on three new products and argue which ones will become huge hits or mark them for death. The twist… → Read More
We’ve seen the AR.Drone floating around multiple events this year including CES but we never really got a chance to play with it until this week. Before I get into my review, I’m going to tell you a story. People ask me all the time “What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen” and like a football stadium toilet attendant being asked how his Sunday went, I always reply with a downcast face and a sad… → Read More
The Parrot AR.Drone might be the coolest iPhone accessory ever made. It’s a four-propeller drone equipped with two cameras controlled by the movement of an iPhone. But is it worth it’s $300 price tag? Yeah, it actually is. We played around with it at CES and have to say that it’s an awesome device with so much potential for fun and profit. → Read More
Today at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, the French company Parrot showed off a drone. Big deal, you might think — plenty of those out there. But this quadricopter is cool because it’s controlled by WiFi, by an iPhone. And when it’s in flight, the drone’s two cameras stream video live right to your iPhone. It’s very, very cool.
Watch the video below to see their on-stage demo. As you can see… → Read More
Remember when virtual reality was all the rage? It had a good run, especially during the 1990s, and perhaps culminating with Second Life in the decade which just closed. But virtual reality is old in the tooth. People are a lot more interested these days in “augmented reality,” or at least they are on Google where it surpassed “virtual reality” as a search term sometime last summer (see… → Read More
The Parrot PARTY Black Edition claims to be the first commercially available Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled speaker system. The NFC technology will enable users to pair their device to the speaker simply by tapping them together. The Parrot PARTY Black Edition will be available in the summer 2008 for £79.00. → Read More
Another entry in the no-CD-necessary line of car stereos will be showing up in stores this March. The Parrot RK8200 will blur the line between stereo and hands-free car kit, offering stereo Bluetooth (A2DP/AVRCP), 12-key numeric keypad, and iPod, USB, SD card, and analog inputs. There’s also a little compartment behind the flip-down faceplate that you can use to stash your phone, iPod… → Read More
Parrot really loves Bluetooth. In fact, I’m pretty sure if a Parrot was a doughnut, Bluetooth would be a cup of coffee. What? OK, anyways, Parrot unveiled its new 3.5-inch Bluetooth photo frame today. It comes in several different colors with a stitched leather trim surrounding the tiny display. Although tiny, it displays pictures beautifully and can hold up to 100 of them on its internal… → Read More