AR.Drone tweaks, mods & custom apps

The Parrot AR.Drone was initially released for use with iOS devices, namely the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. However, a growing community of AR.Drone enthusiasts is churning out a myriad of different control applications alongside physical modifications to the shell and external LEDs.

Recent posts featuring custom AR.Drone designs, bespoke lighting set-ups and and applications for non-iOS devices are listed below.

The Parrot AR.Drone: latest modifications & upgrades

AR.Drone modifications

  • AR.Drone – longest flight world record? The following footage was recorded at 12 fps and is being played back at 24 fps, so the actual flight time was 13 minutes. In that time, the pilot of this Parrot AR.Drone managed to get more than 1.4 miles from his control device: an iPad hooked up to a mighty wireless transmitter! AR.Drone 2.0…
  • Gear & Shaft ‘bumpers’ for AR.Drone 1.0 & 2.0 Let's face it, the AR.Drone can be a fairly fragile beast. In an effort to make the drone as fast and manoueverable as possible, Parrot have utilised lightweight materials throughout. The compromise is a lack of shock resistance and, in particular, the gears & shafts are prone to breaking in the event of a blunt impact. One Drone enthusiast…
  • Extend the AR.Drone range with this RC modifcation The MacGyver modification allows you to control your Parrot AR.Drone with an RC transmitter, rather than your iOS or Android device. MacDrones, makers of the MacGyver mod, claim this increases control and gives a much greater range - more than tripling the 150ft you get by default. In the video that follows, YouTube reviewer Chad Johnson…
  • Police style LED kit for the Parrot AR.Drone Further to our posts on the NYPD-drone and the futuristic Police UAV, people have been asking us to find a police style LED kit. After a thorough search we found this e-bay listing, for a flashing red/blue LED set for the Parrot AR.Drone. Not quite what you were looking for? Perhaps you would be interested…
  • The AR.Drone’s bigger brother Ever wondered what it would would happen if you strapped a machine gun to a bigger, more powerful, Parrot AR.Drone? OK, neither have we, but then we're neither crazy nor Russian.... Before anyone panics, this is a promotional stunt for the next Call of Duty game, due for release later this year. Nonetheless, this big,…

AR.Drone Upgrades
  • Silver Carbon Fiber Hull for the AR.Drone In April, we found a California based company that produces black and white carbon fiber outdoor hulls for the AR.Drone. The same company is now producing a silver carbon fiber variant of the outdoor hull and you can find more details on their eBay listing page. If you'd like to get your hands on one,…
  • Upgrade AR.Drone gears – bushings to bearings The Parrot AR.Drone comes with 8 brass bushings - 2 per brushless motor. Replacing these with bearings reduces friction and therefore energy usage, which can result in improved battery life or flight times. As an added bonus, this can also help to improve the longevity of the brushless motors. Buy / upgrade drive gear bearings…
  • Carbon Fiber Baseplate for the Parrot AR.Drone Following our recent theme of reporting on carbon fiber goodies for the Parrot AR.Drone, we bring you this custom baseplate: This Carbon baseplate was manufactured in Germany specifically for the AR Drone and is made of 100% carbon fiber, CNC machined for an exact fit. Replacing your existing baseplate with this carbon fiber version is…
  • Parrot AR.Drone UFO / LED kit AR.Drone – user upload (video summary) This video has been uploaded to The-Parrot-ARDrone.com by user MyKillerDrones. Here is a summary of the video in their own words: I bought this LED kit from eBay (search for AR.Drone UFO) and thought it looked pretty cool. My next mod will be painting the shell black (or maybe…
  • Parrot AR.Drone Battery Upgrade Tutorial The Parrot AR.Drone comes with a 3 cell high grade Lithium-Polymer battery, with a capacity of 1,000 mAh at 11.1 volts, granting a flight time of 12-14 minutes. View AR.Drone battery upgrades 1,100 -> 2,500 mAh If you are looking to upgrade the battery on your AR.Drone for extended flight time be sure to consider…

The Parrot AR.Drone: latest (unofficial)  applications

AR.Drone on Android

  • AR.Pro: an Android Parrot AR.Drone client Control your Parrot AR.Drone with an Android Smartphone AR.Pro is an advanced control application for the Parrot AR.Drone, compatible with Android Smartphones. The feature list includes object detection and tracking, as well as advanced configuration of your drone, including forward and back flashing firmwares, rebooting it remotely, and even applying a patch that frees the…
  • Control the AR.Drone on an Android Smartphone This AR.Drone user has developed a control application suitable for Android smartphones. The Parrot AR.Drone sponsors:

AR.Drone on Symbian
AR.Drone on Sony PS3
AR.Drone on Nintendo Wii
AR.Drone on Kinect
  • Parrot AR.Drone on Xbox Kinect The Parrot AR.Drone was launched in conjunction with a control application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. To date, there is no official support from Parrot for non-iOS apps, however that hasn't stopped the ever growing community of AR.Drone pilots from releasing their own adaptations. In the video below, you can see an AR.Drone…