If you are excited about the flying an AR.Drone; but, you want the ability to record video from the front on-board camera, then a solution may be on the way and soon. It’s called
FlightRecorder FlightRecord. It is from All About Jake and has been submitted to Apple for approval. Symon, the creator of AR.Drone Flyers, is certainly excited. He has tested the app and has sent me his review. Check it out!
This is hopefully the first test of many Applications for the AR Drone. As we know the SDK from Parrot is open-source allowing anyone with knowledge of the iPhone SDK has the ability to create utilities and games. The first item for ARDrone-flyers.com to test is ‘
FlightRecorder‘ ‘FlightRecord’. It’s not a little ‘black box’ but video recorder and flight application.
It requires the user to carry out the usual connection routine before starting the application. That of starting in Airplane mode, enabling Wi-Fi, and then connecting to the AR.Drone. Once this usual procedure is out of the way, then it’s time load FlightRecorder.
When loading you are greeted with a very brief ‘not endorsed by Parrot’ blurb, then you are placed in the Video Library. Here you’ll start to notice the theme coloring which will match your AR.Drone. The Library gives you options to export and play your recorded flight once you have saved files. A quick tap of the ‘Go Fly!’ just made me a little more excited as I’ll soon be flying my AR.Drone and recording where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. Genius!
All the buttons on the screen are what we’re used to in the same place. Except for the little arrow on the left to take you back to the Library. So, I adjusted the settings to which all the setting are the same as ‘FreeFlight’ so you wont have to spend time trying to figure out how to use this control your AR.Drone with this app.
I took off and flew about as you see in the videos below. When you finish the flight, you can go back to the Library where your flight has been recorded, sans the buttons on the screen. Selecting your recorded flight gives you the option to playback or export to the Camera Roll.
The only let down is not from the app, but from the AR.Drone. Seriously ,15fps over Wi-Fi!
Overall, I am very impressed with the quality, given Parrot’s restrictions. This useful utility is just the tip of the iceberg of what the AR.Drone can do. The developer allaboutJake.com is looking to charge about $5.00 for FlightRecorder and It’s still work in progress.
Symon [AR.Drone Flyers Thread]