Todd Is My Copilot: The Great Quadrocopter Race, Courtesy of Project SHIELD

There are many ways to play videogames at NVIDIA’s campus, but this is a new one.

Todd and Will from Team Tegra paired Project SHIELD with Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 to take to the air, turning our Silicon Valley campus into the setting for a fast-and-furious race to the finish earlier this month.

Project SHIELD unlocks new ways to game. With our powerful Tegra 4 processor and a pure version of Google’s open Android operating system in a portable gaming device, it takes gaming from the game world into the real world.

Rather than fighting it out in a virtual battleground on one of our many GeForce equipped PCs or shooting it out with Nerf guns from 20 paces (which happens a lot here), Todd and Will turned to a little friendly competition – with Parrot’s remote-controlled quadro-copters skirting buildings and startling the dogs on campus.

Parrot’s AR.Drone is – like Project SHIELD – built to play in a world of open devices. The quadrocopter can be controlled by smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android operating system. So Parrot’s AR.Drone works flawlessly with Project SHIELD.

The result is a fantastic flying experience, explains Will. Project SHIELD’s control sticks make the quadrocopter’s flight mechanics even more intuitive. And because the drone can be controlled by sticks, rather than the touch screen, the real-time video beamed back by the AR.Drone’s high-def camera to Project SHIELD’s 5-inch screen isn’t obstructed by your fingers.

Parrot’s app can even record photos and videos from the drone’s camera, which made Will’s victory over Todd all the sweeter.

Check the video below for a quick recap of the action.

Better luck next time, Todd.

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  • JC Nevarez

    gay and boring

  • Sang Cao Truong

    when is the release date for SHIELD ?

  • Brian_Caulfield

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  • TizioVerde

    You know what would be cool?
    -a device that get the signal from an HDMI source and stream it to SHIELD
    -the ability to use SHIELD as a PS3 controller

    With this two things we would have full PS3 remote play.
    I’d buy this device for this function alone.

  • Mark van der Hoek

     looks great, signed up for notifications.

    been pondering getting an iDevice for my Ar.drone 2.0, but this.. this has waaaay more awesome-factor.

  • Will Park

    Having played with the AR.Drone 2.0 on a tablet, smartphone and Project SHIELD, I can confirm that the Project SHIELD flight experience is light years more intuitive.

  • Mark van der Hoek

     the sticks themselves would be a huge improvement alone, do the other buttons function? would be awesome if some of the FreeFlight buttons could be bound to physical buttons aswell.

    just spotted that parrot has updated FreeFlight to 2.3 for android users aswell, good stuff.

    i will be eagerly awaiting this one. 🙂

  • Will Park

    Yes, the other buttons allow you to execute barrel rolls, emergency shutdown/cutoff, etc. 

  • Chris Anton

    any chance we can get a free quadracopter with our nvidia shields? 

  • troy harper

    just need to extend my range on the DRONE , does this work? seem a little expensive but i need more range for what i am trying to use my AR Drone for – i need at least 250 – 300 feet straight up – trying to NOT buy the DJI Phantom –