updated 12:30 am EST, Fri January 6, 2012
Uses IR adapter, app for maneuvers
Security and RC product maker Swann has debuted three new RC helicopters, including two that can record videos or still photos while in flight and one model, the i-Fly Micro Lighting, that includes a three-channel infrared adapter and companion app (free) to allow iOS devices to control the helicopter either by using on-screen buttons or the iDevice's tilt controls. The helicopter also comes with a full IR dual-joystick remote control.
The i-Fly Micro Lighting ($70), like the new Sky Eye ($100) and Black Swann ($100) gets up to eight minutes of flying time from a charge and features built-in gyro technology, trim adjustment and 6-way multidirectional flying. The helicopter sports a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, while the included full remote runs on six AA batteries (not included).
All three models are designed for indoor flying for ages 14 and up, with the Sky Eye and Black Swann able to capture video or stills and copy them onto computers using an included USB cable for uploading to social networks. All three are available now from Fry's Electronics as well as the company's website. Other major retailers will be added soon.