Tag: AR.Drone

Skyjack uses airborne Raspberry Pi to hijack other AR.Drones

Skyjack uses airborne Raspberry Pi to hijack other AR.Drones

December 4, 2013 15:48 | By | Add a Comment

Skyjack is a nifty piece of software that seeks out, hacks into and then takes control of any other AR.Drones it can reach. Basically it uses wifi packet injection to deauthenticate the actual owner’s ipad/iphone/android phone, and then connects to the drone. Using a custom node.js script it then sends flight control commands to the AR.Drone. With complete control, it is possible to do things like send all AR.Drones nearby to a custom location. Since this uses a Raspberry Pi, it can be flown around on another quadcopter, essentially “scooping up” any AR.Drones, stealing them from their rightful owner.

This both awesome and scary piece of tech was made by Samy Kamkar, and it pretty much shows that future drone warfare will be fought on many levels. Imagine those Amazon drones getting rerouted to a different location…

Check out the demo video after the break.

(via Engadget)

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Paralyzed man uses FPV drone to “walk” around

Paralyzed man uses FPV drone to “walk” around

November 25, 2013 11:48 | By | Add a Comment

This is one amazing use of robots and quadcopters as telepresence device for disabled people:

Henry Evans, who was paralized by a stroke in the prime of his life, is now chained to a bed by his body. With only minimal motor control, his options of “getting around” would be zero, were it not for… essentially, purpose-built RC vehicles.

He’s showing off a modified AR.Drone quadcopter which he controls via an Oculus Rift. He also enjoys playing robot soccer. Of course this is very much experimental and the short flight times and high maintenance effort means he is not going to do this without help or supervision anytime soon, but it’s inspiring nonetheless.

Check out the really awesome TED talk video after the break.

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Parrot AR.Drone app coming to Windows 8 app store in December, makes Ballmer happy

Parrot AR.Drone app coming to Windows 8 app store in December, makes Ballmer happy

November 21, 2013 14:05 | By | Add a Comment

Steve Ballmer doesn’t have much reason to smile lately. But quadcopters can even make CEOs grin with glee, as evidenced in the snapshot below. The Parrot AR.FreeFlight app is going to be available on Windows 8 devices (including tablets and PC) this December, offering the same functionality we know from the iOS and Android app. The Windows Phone 8 app is still a ways off however, tentatively scheduled for “sometime in 2014”.

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The truth is this app comes way too late for Windows 8, and the AR.Drone is outclassed and outpriced by leaps and bounds today. It’s not just that fly-aways are still a common problem with them (which the manufacturer continues to claim is “not a common or known problem“), but for that price you can get much more capable hardware today.

Update: Just in case you think we’re trolling, check out the Flyaway Club. And if you are chuckling because you own a DJI Phantom, don’t laugh too soon.