It looks like over the last couple of years the technology for self-stabilizing RC helicopters has reached a point of maturity. Or at the very least, a cost that makes it so that it starts appearing everywhere. The latest entrant in this field is hoping to stand out from the others by including the ability to drop a payload on your enemies. The iOS-controlled coaxial-rotor helicopter iStrike Shuttle features a compartment in its base that is able to lift a ping-pong ball and drop it at the touch of a button. Included gyro stabilizers mean that you should be able to bring it over a co-worker’s head fairly easily and “attack” them when the most suspect it (they’d have to be deaf not to hear the thing coming, after all…). Flight time is around 8 minutes on one charge and a little bit more if you remove the landing stabilizer and ping pong ball. Of course if you do that, you’re left with yet another RC heli drone.
At $85, is it worth it? We’re not sure, though it could make an interesting Holiday present. It’s on Kickstarter now, so it’s not even sure to take off, but if it does, delivery would be in December of this year.