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Griffin’s Helo TC: A Helicopter Controlled With Your iOS Device

by Emily Price | July 17, 2011July 17, 2011 8:01 am PDT

Remote controlled helicopters are one of those things I’ve always had a fascination with. Now Griffin is adding my smartphone obsession into the mix with its new iOS-powered helicopter.

The Helo TC is a touch-controlled helicopter that can be operated from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. In order use the copter you’ll have to dock your iOS device into a “flight deck” that transfers infrared signals to the helicopter. You can use the screen on your device to fly, or use your device’s accelerometer and “tilt-to-fly” to control a flight. The Helo TC app can also store up to 3 flights plans or “launching flying-attacks on unsuspecting friends and family”

For those of you up on helicopter specs:

– Average flight time – approx. 8 minutes
– PolyLithium Fuel Cell – 3.7V @ 180 mAh
– Flight Deck Controller Sled powered by 4 AAA batteries
– Recommended for pilots aged 14 and up
– Suitable for use indoors only
– Helo TC app is a free download from the iTunes App Store; iOS 4.0 required.

The Helo TC is expected to be available in stores around Christmas for $50.

What do you think about remote-controlled toys that use your smartphone to control them? Do you like the idea, or would you rather have a dedicated controlled for your toy instead?

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...