Holy Drone Attack, Batman! Griffin Unveils New iPhone-Controlled Chopper

Holy Drone Attack, Batman! Griffin Unveils New iPhone-Controlled Chopper

Somewhere, as Wagner’s Flight of the Valkyries is playing n the background, squadrons of Parrot AR Drones face off against Griffin’s new Helo TC somewhere over the Atlantic (since Parrot is based in France and Griffin in Tennessee, I figured that’s where they’d probably meet up).

Unlike the AR’s alien, four-rotor design, the Helo TC is more like a standard helicopter, with a main rotor (actually, two) and a tail stabilizer. It’s controlled via IR hardware that attaches and interfaces with the Helo TC app. It can either be piloted just like any other remote-controlled toy, with soft versions of stick and throttle controls — or via tilt control, which uses the iPhone’s accelerometers.

Also cool is the app’s ability to store up to three repeatable flight patterns. It doesn’t have the camera of the AR Drone, but at $50, it’s a heck of a lot less expensive.

  • KatieRoss648146120

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from,http://bit.ly/PennyOrder

  • charlie edwards

    Get a real job SpamDouche648146120. 

  • charlie edwards

    Whoever is behind the original design of this chopper is in bed with a lot of people and is cleaning up.  Who’s getting the economic boost?  Probably not America.

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  • GrimWit

    jeez… here we go again.  The same crap spam I complained about earlier today when reading an article.  What a POS.

  • GrimWit

    I think it looks pretty cool and at $50 could be a nice bit of fun.

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  • Jon Gibson

    It’s nearly identical to the SYMA S107 that you can buy for $18.95 on Amazon.com.  The SYMA S107 comes with it’s own IR Controller, however.  But for $40.00 cheaper, well….

  • lsla588
  • gnomehole

    I’m sure Samsung will have a copy soon….

  • AshleyWilliams25

    I just paíd $20.87 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch L E D T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, to.ly/aXoC

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  • charlie edwards

    I have a 107 and people will defend their products all day and say they are different, but they’re not.

  • elimilchman

    Sorry about the spam, folks — we’re working on a solution.

  • elimilchman

    Interesting, isn’t it — there do seem to be a lot of them floating around.

  • Danny Doublebanker

    iPad jailbreak got their hands on one already…

    http://www.ipadjailbreak.com/2

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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