Parrot has announced a refresh for the AR.Drone 2.0. Those looking back will remember this model was originally announced in the early part of 2013, though, since that point we have seen several updates. The month of July brought an extended battery and improved app and the month of August brought the Power Edition model. Well, as of today there is now the AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition.
Similar to the Power Edition, the Elite Edition brings a focus on color. In this case that color is camouflage. Specifically, sand, snow and jungle camouflage. Parrot breaks the colors down as follows;
- Sand: A shading of brown, beige and black. Blend into the sand dunes and fly low to surprise gaming partners
- Snow: A mix of white, grey and black. Speed down snow-covered paths and spring up in winter conditions for maximum impact;
- Jungle: The classic, with shades of khaki and brown. For the modern explorer in the urban jungle
Otherwise, the three styles can be seen in the image gallery sitting below.
Along with the new color shades, Parrot has also changed up the propellers. Each Elite Edition model will have sets of propellers in two different colors. The Sand model will have beige and black, the Snow model will have white and black and the Jungle model will have khaki and black.
Parrot will have these new colors available this month and the AR.Drone 2.0 is priced at $299.99. Those looking for the Elite Edition models will be able to find them with Amazon, Brookstone and Verizon. Aside from the new look, the AR.Drone 2.0 sports features to include an HD camera that can capture video at 1280 x 720, a rechargeable battery that will be able to power flights up to 12 minutes and a quadcopter itself that is capable of doing front, back and side flips.
The other feature is the remote control, which in this case is your smartphone or tablet. Parrot has an available Android app that lets you pilot the drone using a WiFi connection. And given this is a regular Android app, it also works nicely with the NVIDIA Shield, something we have spent a bit of hands-on time playing with in the past.