Parrot updates the AR.Drone, remote control quad-copter goes HD

When Parrot launched the RC quad-copter in 2010, we fell in love. Who doesn’t want to control a flying machine using their touchscreen smartphone?

Over at CES, the French company is making the Drone even better, adding new features to the ultra cool toy.

New in the AR.Drone 2.0 is a 720p HD camera with recording features added to the FreeFlight app. These additions make it easy for anyone with the flying machine to record their own adventures, and a new pressure sensor thrown in offering better vertical stability should make recorded flights look even better.

Available for both Android and iOS, the AR.FreeFlight 2.0 app is also expected to have more games made available, encouraging you to fly the Drone in augmented reality games, shooting at enemies only you can see as you control the Drone on your touchscreen device.

Like the first AR.Drone, Parrot will be releasing the new model with two different hulls, one made for flying outside while the other one – the indoor body – protects the four helicopter blades from hitting anything in your home.

A release date is scheduled for later this year, and while there’s no price yet, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this model replace the first AR.Drone, currently available for $349 RRP.