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iPhone Controlled SmartPlane Is A Welcome Change From Quadcopters

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It seems that flying devices with multiple rotors are all the rage these days. This is especially true in light of Amazon’s announcement to deliver your goods using quadcopters in the near future. But there are times when all an RC enthusiast wants is a good old flying plane, one that he can control with the accelerometer in his iPhone. Right? These people exist, don’t they? Because how else to justify asking $94 for the above SmartPlane? Its 1g battery keeps the entire rig light enough to fly for 5 minutes on a 15 minute charge, getting its fully-proportional instructions through your iPhone’s Bluetooth 2.0 connection. On your display you’ll get a horizon, so you can keep the plane flying level, and on-board software takes care of other details that normally make the experience more challenging for beginners. Its construction and relatively low flying speed also mean that the SmartPlane is crash proof and is even safe to use in an office environment.

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Add An Electric Propeller To Any Home Made Paper Airplane, And Control It With Your iPhone

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TailorToys have been making the PowerUp systems for quite some time now, but their new 3.0 version has iPhone control. That’s awesome, but let’s start at the beginning, because we’d never even heard of the 1.0 or 2.0. The PowerUp devices are little electric propellers that clip onto the tip of your paper airplane, and give it some thrust. This way, gravity, aerodynamics and paper airplane engineering aren’t the limiting factors; battery life is. And yes, this works with just about any paper airplane, from the shitty to the elegant. The 3.0 version seems to have added iPhone control, though we don’t have any details on just how well the plane is controlled with this scheme. It would appear that the new device doesn’t just give the plane forward thrust, but would allow you to steer as well. Considering the toy just won Popular Science’s Best of Toyfair award, we’re going to go ahead and assume it’s pretty well done.

They should be available later this year for an unspecified price. Considering previous generation models are going for around $17, we can’t imagine it’ll be that expensive.

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RED5 RC Plane Lets You Spy On Your Neighbours

By David Ponce

This is the Spy Hawk. It’s a remote controlled plane with a 5megapixel camera in its nose and an LCD screen in the controller. It sends live footage right back to the controller from up to 400m away, and if that footage needs to be preserved, it can be recorded onto a 4GB SD card at the press of a button. The card doesn’t need to be much bigger than 4GB anyway, because you’ll only get about 15 minutes of flight time on a single charge. But at least it’ll be a fairly stress-free experience due to the plane’s many built-in flight stabilization features. Just get it up to a certain height, press “autopilot” and a gyro will make sure it stays level, even if a gust of wind tries to knock it off course. It’s made from EPO crash resistant foam, so it should be able to withstand some dings and knocks, although don’t go thinking it’s indestructible; your possibly illegal snooping drone still needs some degree of care and flying skill. It’s $305 (£249) and can be pre-ordered now for shipping in early August.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]