May 23, 2011 in Utilities (E)
[prMac.com] Tacoma, Washington - Logic Consulting today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Drone Ace, an AR.Drone remote control app for the for the iPod touch(R), iPhone(R) and iPad(TM). Drone Ace is the most feature rich, versatile app available for piloting the AR.Drone(TM). No other app provides video recording, image capture, object tracking, autonomous flight, pre-programmed drone animations, and LED light control all in the same app.
After only four days on the App Store, Drone Ace has been selected as a "New and Noteworthy" utility in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Brazil as well as ranking in the top 100 for the utility category in 30 countries.
With over 24 combinations of control options, Drone Ace allows pilots to find the way they like to fly. Pilots coming from a Radio Control (RC) background will be excited to know that RC Mode 1, RC Mode 2, RC Mode 3, and RC Mode 4 are all available. Elevation may be inverted and combined roll and yaw mode allows for coordinated turns similar to airplane flight.
Audio capture from the iPod, iPhone, or iPad is merged with video from the AR.Drone's cameras, making Drone Ace the first and only app to provide video recording with sound.
Drone Ace saves settings so that after the drone is reset or controlled with another app the settings will remain unchanged in Drone Ace.
Multiple devices can now be connected to the AR.Drone simultaneously providing a first person view (FPV) experience. For example, a pilot can watch and record video from their iPad while controlling the drone from their iPhone. Drone Ace is also compatible with Drone Master for the iPhone 4. Pilots can control the drone with Drone Master while watching and recording video with Drone Ace.
When using the iPad 2 as a display, the video can be mirrored to any HDMI compatible screen while controlling the AR.Drone from a second device.
* Standard accelerometer (default AR.Drone style)
* Reversed Standard (left handed)
* RC Mode 1, 2, 3, and 4
* Optional elevation control inversion
* Optional combined yaw for coordinated turns
* Autonomous target stalking with yaw and elevation or yaw, elevation, and pitch. (Target following)
Records video into H.264 encoded QuickTime movie format with optional device audio and optional flight data overlay (altitude, etc) or both. Video and image capture can be previewed via in-app media browser where they can be exported to the camera roll. Users can also export the movies and images using iTunes File Sharing.
Drone Ace allows pilots to record video from either the horizontal or vertical camera or a combination of the two. Channels can be switched while recording video. All of the videos are full frame without black border, this includes the bottom camera.
Drone Ace is also the only app that ignores the device tilt settings when not using the accelerometer as a control method. Other apps can cause unexpected results from stick style control. Drone Ace allows flyers to have full range of control when using the joysticks. A fractional finger movement won't cause a full blown command.
A major portion of development time was spent tweaking the joystick controls. Logic Consulting hopes pilots will enjoy the improved precision and range of motion provided by Drone Ace. The joystick touch detection algorithms allow fine control and reduced accidental elevation and roll changes when the pilot meant to pitch or yaw.
LED control and AR.Drone action animations are configured while on the ground via optional three button HUD overlays on the left and right side of the screen. After take-off, these buttons change from configuration buttons to command buttons and send commands to the drone.
User selectable HUD styles, Aviator and Minimal, keep the drone pilot informed with instrumentation showing altitude, roll, pitch, and battery level.
Summary of features:
* Real time audio and video recording
* Image capture
* Standard accelerometer controls
* RC style controls (Modes 1, 2, 3, and 4)
* LED Light control with variable speed
* 16 pre-programmed flight actions (spin, rock, jitter, etc)
* Savable settings
* In App Media Browser
* Hull and tape detection, metering, and following
* Visual flight maximum settings
* Multiple devices as video displays and recorders
* Real time HUD instruments
* 3rd or 4th Gen iPod touch, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad or iPad 2
* Requires iOS 4.0 or 4.1 or later for video
* Universal Application
* 4.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Drone Ace 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category for $5.99 (USD). A limited number of promotional codes are available to the media upon request.
Located near Tacoma, WA, USA, Logic Consulting LLC was founded in 2010. Initially focused on physics based entertainment apps, Logic Consulting has now branched out into robotic control. All Material and Software (C) 2011 Logic Consulting LLC / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Parrot AR.Drone is a trademark of Parrot.