Parrot Rolls Out Game For AR.Drone Quadcopter

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Parrot, the French electronics firm with North American operations in Southfield, Thursday announced AR.Pursuit, a game in augmented reality that takes advantage of the exceptional technical and flight capabilities of the Parrot AR.Drone.

Available at the end of November in the Apple App Store, AR.Pursuit enables players to measure and challenge their piloting skills.

The $299 AR.Drone is a four-bladed helicopter featuring high-definition video cameras that is controlled by an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

AR.Pursuit is a two-player pursuit game, where a player has to escape from the other one, as in the game of cat and mouse.

The “pursuer” has two kinds of virtual weapons to reach its opponent: an automatic machine gun that kicks in as soon as the frontal camera detects the pursued AR.Drone, and missiles that are activated by shaking the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

When it is hit by a missile, the “pursued” becomes “pursuer” and so on. At half time, the roles are automatically reversed. The winner is the player who has the longest escape time during the entire game.

To watch video of the AR.drone, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG5pqTWVahQ.

The price of the game is $2.99.

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