I wanted to let you know about an awesome electric remote control helicopter that is sure to bring a ton of fun for the whole family! See why this product is so unique and different from all other RC toy helicopters, and where to get one on sale and in time for the holidays.
The AR.Drone is an electric RC helicopter equipped with two built-in video cameras and you actually fly it using your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, allowing you to watch the live video feeds coming straight from the helicopter itself. Yes… totally cool!
I recently just saw this toy at Brookstone, which is the only “brick-n-mortar” retailer that sells this product. This remote control helicopter is actually referred to as a “Quadricopter” because it is powered with four motor propellers. The AR.Drone combines many of today's latest technologies, bringing you a fun high-tech toy in the genres of remote control, modeling, video gaming and augmented reality.
While it would seem “challenging” to control and fly, the AR.Drone has several technologies and sensors in place to make the flying experience easy and fun! Since you use your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad device to control it, steering the helicopter is done by simply tilting your device left and right, and then controlling the motion through on-screen buttons. And with the two cameras on-board, you can visually see the live video feed on your Apple device, while you are controlling and flying the Quadricopter.
The AR.Drone works well indoors and outdoors. When flying it inside, it comes with a protective “shield” referred to as a “hull”, in case you bump into anything inside the house. In a more open field outdoors, you can take the full hull off. It is powered with a lithium-ion battery that should last about 20 minutes of flying time, so you may want to consider buying an extra battery. And the “remote control” part is actually done through a Wi-Fi connection between your iPhone/Touch/iPad and the AR.Drone.
In addition to just having fun flying the AR.Drone and watching the video feeds, you can also play a variety of games with it, using compatible applications from the iTunes store for the AR.Drone. Not only will the kids love it, but this is definitely a toy that will bring out the kid in everyone.