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Tag: Helicopter

Helicopter Emulates Falling Maple Seed Pod: I’m Never Getting in One of These Things

Helicopter Emulates Falling Maple Seed Pod: I’m Never Getting in One of These Things
Riding in a helicopter can be a thrilling, and sometimes harrowing experience. But this helicopter design is one that I can say that with certainty that I would never, ever set foot inside of.…

RotorConcept SWAT Copter Looks Like it Could Do Serious Damage

RotorConcept SWAT Copter Looks Like it Could Do Serious Damage
Every time I visit CES, I like to dig around looking for something other than the usual big-brand announcements, and this year is no exception. My favorite off-the-beaten-path thing of the year so far? The ID-1SWAT copter from RotorConcept. This bad-ass flying machine isn’t one of those cheap little plastic…
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Kyosho J-Kart R/C Car Drives, then Flies

Kyosho J-Kart R/C Car Drives, then Flies
I’ve seen plenty of remote-controlled cars and helicopters over the years, but I can honestly say this is the first one that I’ve seen that starts out driving on the ground, then instantly takes to the air.…

Draganflyer X8 Now for Sale, Definitely Not for Fun and Games

Draganflyer X8 Now for Sale, Definitely Not for Fun and Games
We featured this 8-rotor helicopter a few months ago, and even then it was pretty evident that the DraganFlyer X8 is not meant for recreation. Now that it’s been released and we can see it’s specs and configurations, you can definitely cross out this thing on your Christmas wish list.…

Force Rc Micro-Copters: Hands-on Flight Test

Force Rc Micro-Copters: Hands-on Flight Test
The guys over at Horizon Hobby were kind enough to send us a few of their Force RC remote-controlled micro-helicopters to play with, and I thought I’d share some of my experiences with you.…

Mr. T Ghost Don’T Pity No Fools, Scares ‘Em Instead

Mr. T Ghost Don’T Pity No Fools, Scares ‘Em Instead
Breaking news! Three kids were harassed this past Halloween by an unidentified flying object. Its body was white and shapeless, it had a menacing expression, and it had rotor blades for arms: Creepy eh? Actually, that’s Mr. T, a robot made especially for Halloween by Michael aka Utah Aerials. Mr.…

Researchers Develop Laser Missile Defense System for Helicopters

Researchers Develop Laser Missile Defense System for Helicopters
All Dr. Evil wanted was sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads. For now, he will have to settle for helicopters with bad attitudes instead. A group of researchers at the University of Michigan has figured out how to use lasers that can survive the stress of helicopter flight…

Draganflyer X8 has 8 Rotors and Makes the Ar.Drone Look Like the Toy It is

Draganflyer X8 has 8 Rotors and Makes the Ar.Drone Look Like the Toy It is
I really thought the Parrot AR.Drone was sweet when I first saw it. The thing is a four-propeller helicopter device with a camera you can control from your iPhone. I know the AR.Drone is really just a toy, and the Draganflyer X8 makes it look just like the toy it…

Flying R/C Millennium Falcon Does the Kessel Run in Just Under 12 Days

Flying R/C Millennium Falcon Does the Kessel Run in Just Under 12 Days
This remote-controlled Millennium Falcon seems to have had a slight design modification from the one in the movies. Instead of giant hyperthrusters (or whatever they’re called on the back of the real Falcon), this version is propelled vertically into flight like a helicopter. On the plus side, you can fly…

Quadrotor Drone Would be a Great Circus Performer. or Relentless Hunter.

Quadrotor Drone Would be a Great Circus Performer. or Relentless Hunter.
The University of Pennsylvania’s autonomous quadrotor helicopter reminds me of a dog. It’s just waiting to be unleashed, to do tricks, to zip from one place to another. It can do backflips, even triple backflips, pass through narrow spaces without breaking a sweat, and can even be upgraded with Velcro.…

Sweet Arduimu Quadcopter is Smarter Than the Parrot Ardrone

Sweet Arduimu Quadcopter is Smarter Than the Parrot Ardrone
I have been building model kits since I was a kid and now that my son is old enough we put them together at times. I once built an RC airplane from a kit and it was hard to do even with instructions. I can’t imagine building your own flying…

Awesome LEGO Avatar Helicopter With a Hidden Twist

Awesome LEGO Avatar Helicopter With a Hidden Twist
If you didn’t already have enough of James Cameron’s Avatar, you can get more of it thanks to this awesome LEGO Avatar Battle Helicopter. Before you start drooling, there’s more to it than meets the eye, so read on! This thing has got doors that open, a sort of hydraulic…

Micro Rc Helicopters Are a Perfect Way to Waste Time at the Office

Micro Rc Helicopters Are a Perfect Way to Waste Time at the Office
I have to say that I have always wanted to pilot a radio-controlled helicopter, though I’ve learned that doing so isn’t as easy as I initially had thought. Experienced R/C pilots have told me that helicopters are really hard to pilot. This is why I love these new Blade ‘copters,…

Parrot Ar Drone Helicopter has Streaming Video and iPhone Controls

Parrot Ar Drone Helicopter has Streaming Video and iPhone Controls
This new toy is so cool that I’m almost speechless. It’s a quadricopter and it’s got a camera on board! The AR.Drone from Parrot is one amazing toy. It can be controlled via iPhone or iPod Touch thanks to WiFi and it will provide a live video stream of what…

Quad-Rotor Autonomous Helicopter Eschews Gps in Favor of Lasers. Laz0rz!

Quad-Rotor Autonomous Helicopter Eschews Gps in Favor of Lasers. Laz0rz!
Here’s another one of them MAVs that’ll soon be flying all over the place. A group of MIT students – Abe Bachrach, Anton de Winter, Ruije He, Garrett Hemann and Sam Prentice (I think I got +10 to my IQ after spelling their names) – developed an autonomous flight system…

Chinese Farmer Makes DIY Helicopter, Killjoy Government Bans Him From Flying for ‘Safety Reasons’

Chinese Farmer Makes DIY Helicopter, Killjoy Government Bans Him From Flying for ‘Safety Reasons’
As a child, 20-year old Wu Zhongyuan dreamed of owning a flying machine. It seems that in his hometown Luoyang, in central China’s Henan province, some people, including him, had to “climb mountains” to get to their school. Unlike most of us, Wu acted on his childhood wish and made…
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