Gadget Buddies look at the Parrot Drone

Gadget Buddies look at the Parrot Drone

The Parrot Drone and the 20th anniversary of Tekken 7 feature in this week’s Gadget Buddies column by Imran Khan.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 elite edition

You may have seen them at an outdoor event or in your local park. Drones are quickly gaining popularity in South Africa with hobbyists and photographers alike. For the uninitiated, a drone is a piece of flying technology that offers stable remote controlled flight and opens up a world of aerial photography. Like all gadgets, it went through teething stages, with the first commercial units being twitchy and prone to crashing.

The Tekken franchise is set to return with new features and breathtaking graphics

We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 elite edition recently to test fly. Parrot has been bringing drones to the market from the time when the hype started and they stayed true to what they do – something we love. The 2.0 Elite Edition is no different. Wrapped in a sleek molded body is a power house of kit, which includes a 1000 mAh lithium polymer battery, high definition camera, gyroscope and four powerful brushless motors. It also houses proximity sensors, 1 gig of RAM and a 1 gigahertz processor. With most flying gadgets, there is always the fear of crashing, but parrot has taken care of this with a full Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) body and carbon fibre frame. We crashed it a few times while testing out the unit and it showed no signs of damage after. The great news is that all the parts and instructions for repairing the drone are available on the Parrot website.

The other great feature of this drone is the fact that you are not dependant on a radio. Instead you can control the drone with a Smartphone or tablet. This was a simple exercise of downloading the application and paring the drone to a Smartphone. We must add that the first person flying style is a lot of fun; kind of addictive if you are a gaming enthusiast as well.

The latest edition is so stable, doing great in light wind conditions and indoors. Doing flips has never been easier and requires just the touch of a button, something unique to this edition of the drone. For the price you pay and the peace of mind in having back up service, the Parrot Elite edition drone should be top of the list when drone shopping. Expect to pay around R3400 at Mantality.co.za with free delivery. They are available in three unique colours too: Sand, Snow and Jungle Liveries.

‘Tekken 7’

The Tekken franchise will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with the next evolution of the fighting king franchise. ‘Tekken 7’ returns with its classic 1 on 1 bouts and a storyline centred on the eternal struggle for power amongst the members of the Mishima clan. The twist in this new release of ‘Tekken’ is the introduction of Kazumi Mishima joining the fight, making for an epic father and son battle to conclude this edition of ‘Tekken’.

We got to try out a demo of the new game and were surprised at how fluid the in-game movement was. It is evident that the Unreal Engine 4 used to make this game was a really good choice from developers Bandai Namco. As always the art style never disappoints, with even more attention being paid to detail in the environments and character detail.

‘Tekken 7’ introduces new theatrical features such as Rage Art and Rage Drive, which help set the game apart from its previous installments. Rage Art allows players to land a significantly powerful attack on a character in a big fancy over-the-top display – think ‘Street Fighter’ supers. Rage Drive on the other hand is a series of strong attacks which deal a higher amount of damage than normal. They’re fairly easy to execute and a lot of fun to use. Honestly, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching your opponent’s face drop when you KO them with an exaggerated Rage Art.

Pre order your copy on PC, PS4 for around R650 at BT Games this weekend.