Details on Parrot's follow-up to the AR.Drone remote helicopter may have leaked early, revealing a new design and the addition of a high-definition camera. AR Drone Flyers posted the press release, which originally surfaced on DIY Drones (it's since been pulled), indicating that the AR.Drone 2.0 will include a 720p-capable camera for sending 1280 x 720 video from the helicopter down to your Wi-Fi connected iOS or Android device. A new version of the company's remote control Free Flight app will allow users to record HD video or photos and share them with other Drone pilots, while the "Absolute Flight" mode allows the pilot to control the helicopter simply by moving or tilting their mobile device. Thanks to the inclusion of a 3D magnetometer, the new drone's front camera can also be mapped directly to the perspective of your smartphone or tablet: if you point your device to the right, the camera will follow. The traditional flying modes are still available for more advanced virtual pilots.
The AR.Drone 2.0 is said to be available in the second quarter of this year for $299 — but with Parrot here at CES, we're sure to have more details for you soon.
Update: Parrot's outdoor booth happens to be located next to our trailer, and we saw the device out in the open earlier today. See for yourselves in our gallery of photos.