• TechCrunch Gadget Wrapup Show From CES, January 12th

    TechCrunch Gadgets Finale: Hands On With The Terrifying Parrot AR Drone 2

    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

  • Droning On Towards A Date With Destiny?

    Droning On Towards A Date With Destiny?

    Have you been watching the skies? I have. As the US expands its unmanned air force, researchers are testing and demonstrating autonomous drones -- ones that could "hunt, identify and kill the enemy based on calculations made by software, not decisions made by humans." (According to the author of the wonderfully-titled Army-funded study Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots, “Lethal… Read More

  • When The Drones Come Marching In

    When The Drones Come Marching In

    Way back in the 1970s, hardware-hacker hobbyists built kit computers like the Altair 8800 — and in doing so paved the way for the computer revolution that would reshape every facet of modern life. Today the same breed of people are building and selling kit flight controllers for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Just sayin'. Drones are far from new: the US military has been using them heavilyRead More

  • The Microsoft Surface Becomes An AR.Drone Remote

    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

  • Dear Manufacturers: You've Had A Rough Year, But Step It Up

    Dear Manufacturers: You've Had A Rough Year, But Step It Up

    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

  • Fly or Die Nexus S and Video Girl Barbie Review

    Fly Or Die: The Nexus S, Barbie Video Girl, And AR.Drone (TCTV)

    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

  • Review: Parrot AR.Drone

    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

  • Parrot AR.Drone Finally For Sale Now For $300

    Parrot AR.Drone Finally For Sale Now For $300

    How much does it cost to feel like a villian from a Bond film? Try $300. The Parrot AR.Drone, complete with dual cameras and four fans, now costs $300 and is available from Amazon, Brookstone, and Parrot's own website. Read More

  • The Parrot AR.Drone iPhone-controlled drone finally gets a price

    The Parrot AR.Drone iPhone-controlled drone finally gets a price

    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

  • Attack Of The iPhone-Controlled Drones [Video]

    Attack Of The iPhone-Controlled Drones [Video]

    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