Video: Hands on with the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 at rest in its natural habitat.

We were powerless to resist the siren’s song of the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0, which was sitting happily in a box at the TechHive offices, minding its own business. Well, until we met it, anyway. Charging up the batteries, we set out to learn the mysterious ways of the remote controlled quadricopter and, more importantly, to document our progress using the AR.Drone’s onboard cameras in addition to our own.

Mastering the controls of the drone—if you can even call what we did “mastering”—proved more challenging than we initially thought. Our path to enlightenment was dotted along the way with repeated attempts to prove that we could outdo each other. Nearly all ended in catastrophic, but hilarious, failure.

So witness, if you dare, the story of two men and their eternal struggle to control a $300 flying gadget. Just don’t expect us not to crash it into a few things along the way.

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