When last we saw the Texas A&M AR.Drone team they could only demonstrate their drone going up and down at the behest of a Windows Phone. What a difference a mere 2 months make.
The team seems to have succeeded in their goal to navigate using autonomous waypoint route using GPS data.
In the video the AR.Drone navigates 206 meter path between 3 waypoints and ends within 7 meters of the defined destination. Users have the ability to select waypoints on the map within the WP7 app and then the option of in-order traversal or the minimum distance path between the given points.
The drone obtains GPS data from a second Windows Phone that is attached to the drone.
Static and accelerometer controls remain available to the user, which is demoed in the video below.
I guess I know what present I want for Christmas now 🙂
See another video showing accelerometer control after the break.