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Augmented Reality & Toys

Electronic toys are sometimes the cause of technology innovation.  Game boxes typically have the most advanced CPU's available when they're released.  I recently noticed a model airplane that is controlled by an iPhone.  It used to be that these planes would be controlled by a radio frequency device.

Through this combination, you have both a video game and a remote controlled model plane.  With a camera onboard, the plane transmits the picture back to the iphone while the iphone sends navigation back to the plane.  I'm sure the next step in this would be to have the ability to record both the camera signal and the flight commands to do a 'live replay' of your last mission.

Here is a link to the manufacturer's commercial for this plane: http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/usa/