Consumer Drone Brings Spy Tech To The Masses For Under $300

By iScience Times Staff Reporter on November 21, 2012 9:52 AM EST

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The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 brings spying technology to the masses for less than $300. (Photo: amazon.com)

The Parrot AR Done 2.0 is bringing low-budget spying equipment to the masses. The consumer drone is less than $300 and is equipped with some of the latest and greatest technology that makes it easier than ever to spy on your neighbors or anyone else you deem spy-worthy.

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is the second iteration of a very popular consumer drone model. The aircraft is controlled by using an iPhone, iPad or Android app. The aircraft has multiple sensors including a high-definition front-facing 720p camera and a vertical camera that faces straight down from the belly of the quadricopter. The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is extremely light, which makes is very easy to transport and manage.

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The aircraft is controlled using intuitive controls that take advantage of the powerful technology included in smartphones. Once the drone is turned on, its propellers immediately begin turning until the aircraft is raised about one meter off of the ground. By pushing a button on your smartphone or tablet, the aircraft immediately lifts one meter higher where it will sit and wait for the next command. Users can begin steering the device by tilting their smartphone or tablet.

Hackers have been particularly fond of the device because of all the availabilities for hacks between the equipment included on the aircraft and on their smartphones. Some examples of Parrot AR Drone 2.0 hacks is turning the device into a hunter-seeker or even making the device follow you around like a pet. The practical functions of such hacks are still unclear, but as Parrot continues to release new models of this spying hardware, hacks are likely to also become more complex.

Check out the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 on Amazon or in the video below:

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