Drones. If they’re going to become the true public nuisance that we’re lead to believe they will, then we’re gonna need more ways to get ’em airborne, right? If you’re UAV of choice is Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0, and you’re also a Windows 8 user, then you need to be all over AR.FreeFlight — an official app for the aforementioned drone. Dig out your Surface tablet, and you can pilot your quadcopter, and record video/take pictures just as owners of Android and iOS devices have been enjoying already.
We love when official apps come to Windows Phone and Windows 8. Today we’re getting a new app in the Windows Store that a lot of you drone fans will appreciate. Parrot has just released their official AR.FreeFlight for Windows users. This app will allow you to remotely control their quadricopter, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0, using your Surface 2 or other Windows 8 device. The app is free, but you’ll of course need the AR.Drone 2.0 to get any use out of it. The AR.Drone 2.0 (ardrone2.parrot.com) is a ready-to-fly quadricopter (drone) that can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet. You can tilt your Windows 8 tablet to control the direction of the AR.Drone. The drone has a camera and can record footage at 720p at 30fps. You can also capture photos using the onboard camera. You get 12 minutes of flight time with the AR.Drone and can have it go up to 165 feet away from you.