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Watch These Two RC Copters Lift A Full Grown Woman Off The Ground

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We had no idea that remote controlled helicopters could carry this much payload. Watch the video below as two remote controlled helis easily lift a woman off the floor, and carry her around a few feet. Yes, to be honest, the video is a little painful to watch (especially halfway through), but it’s also impressive. We don’t know much about the company behind the stunt, other than they’re German and appear to assemble these machines themselves. Maybe. Or maybe they make videos of themselves flying these things acrobatically. We’re not sure because the website is a little dense and unclear. But we don’t really care in the end, because all we really wanted to do was to show you the video below.

[ Heligrafix ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Is The Nano Falcon The World’s Smallest RC Helicopter?

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Weighing in at a ridiculous 11g and measuring 65mm across, the Nano Falcon from Japanese company CCP could very well be the world’s smallest such toy. For a bit of perspective, the iPhone 5 weighs 112g, so roughly 10 times more. It’s gyro stabilized and uses contra-rotating blades instead of a tail rotor and despite its small size, manages around 5 minutes of flight time on a 30 minute charge. The range from the IR remote is a little pitiful at 5 meters, but this isn’t the kind of toy you’re expected to take outside. If you know someone of the right age whose birthday is right around the corner, it’ll cost you ¥4,704 ($48) to make them happy. It’s available in Japan, starting June 7th.

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Japanese Company To Launch One-Man Electric Helicopter (Updated With Video)

A Japanese company called Hirobo has announced their plans to launch a one-man helicopter that runs on batteries. The counter-rotating flying vehicle can be remote operated or flown by a pilot, and reaches speeds of 62mph for up to 30 minutes. The reason you’d want to be able to remote control it is in cases of rescue operations where you could just fly it up to the person in need, have them hop on, and bring them back to safety. The silent operation of the electric motor would also help locate a person hypothetically crying out for help.

The HX-1 is an ambitious and costly project. $125 million will have been poured into it by the time its 2021 rollout comes about. The reason for the long development time? Mostly regulatory, according to the president of the RC helicopter manufacturer, Kotaro Matsuzaka. But it’s not a simple concept either as a working prototype is slated for testing in early 2013. Should things go as planned, an unmanned version would cost 10,000,000 yen (US$125,000) while the one-seater would fetch three times as much.

VIA [ NewLaunches ]

Is A Ball-Dropping Ability Enough To Make This RC Heli-Drone Stand Out?

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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]