CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
January 08, 2013 11:06 AM What happens at CES 2013 doesn't stay in Vegas. From giant tablets to $20,000 televisions, take a peek at a few early standouts for gadget lovers.
Your Very Own Drone -- Now With Extended Battery Life!
Many drones are controversial -- but not Parrot's AR Drone 2.0, a gravity-defying spectacle that puts yesteryear's remote-control helicopters to shame with its ability to dive, spin and whirl through the air. The $300 device itself isn't new, having made appearances at several recent trade shows. But the company is attending CES to debut several new accessories, including a GPS recorder that plugs into the drone's USB drive and an extended battery that improves the standard 1000 mAh battery by 50%.
Parrot project manager Yoni Benatar said the company will also be showing a new "Director's Mode" app for the camera's 720p, 30-frames-per-second video camera. Added capabilities include pre-programmed routes and fine controls for smooth rotations, tilts and pans. He also stated that the company has an SDK available. "We have a community of developers that we share a lot with," he remarked. "If they want to do their own application, we can help them."