Parrot Announces AR.Race and AR.Drone Challenges

Published On June 10, 2011 | By Mitchell Whitfield | Cameras, Just Plain Cool, Lifestyle, Mobile Phones, News, Radio Control, Software & Apps, Toys, Video

Can’t get enough of Parrot’s AR.Drone? Beleieve me…we understand. In  addition to their announcement that AR.Drone software was coming to more platforms, Parrot also announced at E3 a new game for Drone owners, as well as a competition that Drone users will definitely want to hear about. AR.Race (the app is now live in the App Store) is a new game that let’s Drone owners create their own courses and race against each other–Parrot is even selling optional inflatable cones and a doughnut, as well as a finish line for those that want to add a bit more authenticity and challenge to their aerial races. AR.Drone Challenges is an international competition that Parrot is sponsoring, where Drone pilots register at ardrone.com and submit videos of  3 “challenges” that Parrot will post on the site. Parrot will then judge the videos, and pick 14 finalists to compete in Paris for the championship on October 1st. Check after the jump for more details on the new game and AR.Drone Challenges…

AR.Race A customizable solo or multi-player race for the AR.Drone

AR.Race is a race game, downloadable for free on the App StoreSM and allowing one to four pilots to challenge themselves on the same circuit. Inflatable items, two pylons with a finishing line and a donut, are also proposed to add spice to the race… After activating the Bluetooth of the iDevice, each player has to connect in Wi-Fi to his AR.Drone and to launch the AR.Race application. Once the number of pilots is defined, five levels of game are available, with or without the use of the inflatable items.

Other news: players can activate or not activate the piloting assistance option enabling the AR.Drone to make high speed turns.

Five types of circuits

Without inflatable items – Rookies Race: the pilot creates his own circuit and defines the number of tours to be achieved

(from one to three). Tap twice on the hull of the AR.Drone marks the end of a tour and enables to

record the time of the race. With the pylons and finishing line – Champions Race: the pilot creates his circuit (in one to

three tours), the objective being to cross the finishing line as fast as possible. The vertical camera of the AR.Drone identifies the finishing line and time is automatically recorded.

With the donut – Masters Race: the pilot creates his circuit (in one to

three tours), the challenge being to go through the donut. The vertical camera of the AR.Drone identifies a line inside the donut and time is automatically recorded.With the two pylons, the finishing line and the donut – Elite Race: the pilot has to go through the donut before

crossing the finishing line. (In one to three tours of circuit) The vertical camera of the AR.Drone identifies the finishing line and time is automatically recorded.

Heroes Race: the pilot has to go through the donut twice before crossing the finishing line. (In one to three tours of circuit). The vertical camera of the AR.Drone identifies the finishing line and time is automatically recorded.

Note: The finishing line being independent from the two pylons, players can create as many circuits as they want, like creating slaloms with the pylons or more complicated circuits using also the natural environment (i.e. trees…).

With AR.Race, challenge your friends on your own circuits… for air supremacy!

 Available for FREE on the App StoreSM, June 7th 2011  Pack of 2 pylons and 1 finishing line: $59.99  1 Donut: $49.99

Accessories will be available in July on www.parrotshopping.com. For more information, visit www.parrot.com.

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AR.Drone Challenges: Confront with the best!

Los Angeles, E3 Expo, June 7, 2011 – Parrot announces the launch of “AR.Drone Challenges”, an international competition that consists of three challenges for pilots of the AR.Drone set to take place June 24 through August 14, 2011.

After registering on the www.ardrone.com website, participants* will be invited to compete against others through “videos challenges” which Parrot will post at certain intervals on the site.

Pilots will then have to reproduce the three challenges, film their expertise and response to the challenges, and post their videos on a social sharing platform of their choice before August 14.

After this date, a Parrot judging panel will determine 14 finalists who will participate in a final competition to take place in Paris on October 1.

2011 AR.Drone Challenges Calendar

June 24: First challenge July 8: Second challenge July 22: Third challenge August 14: End of the competition August 26: Announcement of 14 finalists October 1: Final in Paris, France

*Competition is open to pilots 18 and older only. Rules available at www.ardrone.com For more information, visit www.parrot.com

 

 

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