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Student project makes Windows Phone controlled AR.Drone possible

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Student project makes Windows Phone controlled AR.Drone possible
If you’ve never seen an AR.Drone before, it is a badass, WiFi-enabled, dual-camera, quadcopter that can be controlled by an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or an Android device. One OS missing out on the party in particular is Windows Phone.

If there is any question as to if a Windows Phone has the capabilities to communicate with one of these things, it has been answered. Three students at Texas A&M, John Brock, David Dornier, and Alex Perovich, joined forces for a project to bring the AR.Drone and Windows Phone together at last.

In the video below, you can see that they are able to use a router and a custom app to initialize communication to the AR.Drone. Using their Windows Phone they are able to get the copter to take off, stabilize, and land without incident. In this demo they don’t fly the unit around, but they do show that it is, in fact, possible to operate an AR.Drone with a Windows Phone.

Hopefully these guys will continue their work on this project and make it into a full-blown marketplace app. If you’re going to drop a couple hundred on an AR.Drone, it’s nice to have options.

source: WMPowerUser

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posted on 03 Mar 2012, 18:32 3

1. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Soon soldiers will have smartphones with them to control unmanned vehicles/small copters. :p

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 22:55 2

2. Androidey (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

i wish there comes a way to control wives like this b4 i get married...lol

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 01:46

3. andrew1953 (Posts: 176; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)

well no reason you cant control a drone from a laptop type device. Have them zipping around the battlefields trying to shoot each other down. Might forget about the war or just have war settled by drone battles completely.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 02:55

4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Very good make Drone accessible to everyone. Make it controllable by everyone. Then when your enemy got hold of it. Feel happy they demolish you with it.

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