The AR.Drone can now be piloted by Android smartphones. Parrot has developed new software which allows the flying quadrocopter to interface with the Google handsets (see the demonstration video below).
The Android version of AR.Freeflight – the free app that controls the AR.Drone – has so far been approved with four handsets: Motarola Xoom, HTC dream, Samsung Galaxy S1 and Samsung Galaxy S2.
The software is also backwards compatible, meaning that it will work with any AR.Drone.
Recent ComScore figures show that, in the UK, the Android platform has around five million users, putting it on a level pegging with the iPhone.
With the consumer base effectively doubled, the UK distributor for the AR.Drone, Flying Toys, is expecting an "considerable sales boost in the run up to Christmas."
The new version of AR.Freeflight can be downloaded from the Android Market here.