Well; since the last article about the AR.Drone 2.0 by Parrot, it's become apparent it's true.Engadget
have actually seen one of them and boy doesn't it look sweeter than the image.
So Engadget have photo's of this new aggressive looking beast, I recommend taking a look right now.
Firstly, how it now looks indoor hull and outdoor hull.
Yeah I know the images are small but already we can tell the difference, it's very aggressive and the paint work on the hull has changed to a more square futuristic style.
Additionally we can see the motors and central cross that look very similar to the original AR.Drone.
Lets look at those AR.Drone 2.0 motors a little closer.
I'd say that it's the same motor/rotor gear setup at the end of what looks like a very similar central cross, I am only saying that as the central cross boom has a similar flat underside as per the original AR.Drone.
So it looks like we can use motors and rotor and 3rd party gear protector and feet on the AR.Drone 2.0
From the front of the AR.Drone 2.0 - 720p camera
Not a lot I can say apart from it's very similar again to the original AR.Drone. Although the foam surround of the indoor hull looks more compacted and harder.
Under the hood(hull)
Well it's 12v at 8A DC, funny that. As you can see from the xxxxxx's is certainly a development unit.
But look where the 'Reset' button is!! Is that to make more space on the mainboard for more fancy work from Parrot? I'm now wondering what is in it's place.
Well the AR.Drone 2.0 with the hull taken off sure does look like the original AR.Drone but that battery pack looks the same as the previous AR.Drone's.
Also the rear end of the AR.Drone 2.0 is sheared off. Weight saving? if so only a few grams saved unless those grams go else where.
Turn the Drone over
Flip that beast!
Looks quite a lot more different than the older AR.Drone. Still ultrasound/sonic sensors and what looks like the camera.
There is also additional sticky plastic at the nose of the AR.Drone 2.0 (maybe that's something older AR.Drone flyers could do for additional strength.)
I still think the foam looks better on this model than the current AR.Drone.
So that's what I have spotted so far, not a lot(sorry) but keep your eye peeled over CES 2012, no doubt more info will become leaked and released.
Next Article will be about FreeFlight V2!!!