By Andrew Liszewski
I’ll admit, the first time I was able to pilot a $30 RC toy helicopter inside my home I was quite impressed. Unfortunately it didn’t take long for the novelty to wear off, and neither wacky designs nor improved avionics have piqued my interest since then. But a built-in digital video camera? Air Hogs, you have my rapt attention again. Their new Hawk Eye RC chopper, which is due sometime in the Fall for about $65, is able to capture around 5 minutes of 320×240 resolution video, or hundreds of photos at 640×480. Useless for those of you hoping to use it for 2nd unit aerial photography on your low-budget blockbuster, but good enough for the rest of us who want to capture the annoyed reactions of visiting family and friends.
The Hawk Eye can also be connected directly to your PC for transferring the videos, and while you’re doing that the helicopter also charges, so you can kill two birds with one stone and be back in the air in no time. It also comes with a 2-channel remote of course, letting you control altitude and spin the chopper left or right, and start/stop the video recording or snap photos.