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 demos the MacGyver RC modification for the AR.Drone 1.0:
It looks as though there’s a trade-off, in that increased precision means “harder to fly”, with Chad soon finding himself in the trees around his garden!
If you consider yourself an advanced pilot, you can pick-up the MacGyver from MacDrones.com and it is available for the original as well as the AR.Drone 2.0 (dubbed the AR.Drone 2.4). Don’t expect much change from $150 :0)
Update: You can now buy the .