Tinkering with the AR Drone 1.0 - is it still worth it?

Problems of AR Drone 1.0, Freeflight 1.
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Tinkering with the AR Drone 1.0 - is it still worth it?

Post by flyer42 » 06 Jul 2015, 15:21

Hi,

I already spent close to $800 in original purchase, parts, MacGyver mod, other upgrades, etc. to create a quadcopter that flies well, fun to fly, hackable etc. Alas, the perfection I'm looking for hasn't even been approached, much less achieved. Constant unexplained crashes, instability, various quirks, hardware and software limitations, etc. make it less and less fun for me to keep hacking the good old AR Drone.

So at one point one has to ask him/herself: is it worth going on tinkering with it? Innovation is really fast paced, there are now some seriously awesome quads out there for just a little more money than what I've already spent. Maybe it's time to pack up, write off my losses and move on to something more worthwhile - like a DJI or a Yuneec (which I had a chance to try at a recent tradeshow - absolutely awesome little flying machine!). The AR Drone had its time, but it's well past its prime in my opinion and won't ever be anything close to those new flying wonders you can get for around $1000, give or take a few hundred bucks.

I feel a little bit like an addicted gambler trapped in the casino because he "invested" so much in his hopes to win the jackpot that he wants to stay just a little more to "at least win back what he lost". I know I can't really win, but tinkering with the AR Drone is fun (if time consuming), but I'm having doubts about messing around with something that will never be as good as even a much cheaper toy these days. I bought a small toy quad for a family member for his birthday recently and I swear that that $30 toy flew much better than my pimped AR Drone :-( So what's the point then...?

So I'm interested in opinions here - if you have one, will you continue tinkering with the AR Drone 1.0 or even 2.0? Or is it time to move on and (for those who can afford it) stop wasting time trying to make the AR Drone what it can never be - it will never be a really stable, serious flying platform in my opinion, because it was built as a fun, first generation toy for big kids like us. It has been surpassed in pretty much every regard by much cheaper, later generation machines. For those of us who took the time to learn how they work, how to fix them, mod them, perfect them, etc. maybe it's time to move on to use our acquired knowledge on something more worthy of the investment of our time, money and skills.

What do you think? Will you go on trying to create the "perfect AR Drone"? Or have you given up? Or considering giving up? Either way, I'm interested in everyone's opinion who wants to chime in on this.

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Re: Tinkering with the AR Drone 1.0 - is it still worth it?

Post by flyer42 » 03 Aug 2015, 03:22

I guess noone coming to the defense of the ar.drone pretty much answers the question.

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Re: Tinkering with the AR Drone 1.0 - is it still worth it?

Post by MrSmithZA » 11 Jan 2016, 13:28

I'm in the same boat you are, but I haven't spent the money yet. I've only taken my AR Drone 1.0 out of storage yesterday after almost 5 years and the only thing I'm interested in is the mac-mod. other than that, I wouldn't spend any more money on it. There are much better, cheaper drones available these days

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