A few days ago, I told you that it appeared that Parrot had been made aware of an IP issue with the AR Drone 2.0. Parrot has now confirmed this; read on for details.
Last week, I told you that it appeared that Parrot had been made aware of an IP issue with the AR Drone 2.0, as the Free Flight app for drone control had been pulled from the US Apple app store. Parrot has now confirmed this. Here is the formal announcement provided by their PR firm:
AR.Freeflight 2.2 was removed from iTunes last month due to the need for patents’ clarification on accelerometer and absolute control.
In the meantime, we have enriched AR.Race2 App (version 2.2) with a free piloting mode in order for our customers using iOS devices to continue enjoying flying the Parrot AR.Drone.
This is really unfortunate as this patent dispute goes to the heart of the ease of flight that I enjoy with the absolute control mode. Here is hoping that they reach an agreement soon. If you are a current Parrot AR Drone 2.0 customer using AR.Freeflight, continue to do so. If you have just purchased your AR Drone 2.0, download the AR.Race2 app and use that to fly your drone.
The AR Drone 2.0 is wonderfully fun to fly. My hope is that Parrot will reach a licensing agreement with the patent holder and will resume support for accelerometer control and the absolute control mode soon, as well as delivering the GPS expansion kit that I told you about at CES!