Battling remote-control helicopters
Geek Treat of the Week If flying a remote control helicopter is no longer enough of a challenge, it’s time to move to the next level and add a little spice to the mix. The Battling Gyro helicopter allows you to do just that by including an ‘attack’ button on the remote control.
That button activates an infra-red beam on your helicopter, the idea being that you shoot down your opponent's ‘copter. If you hit it, an LED on the chopper lights-up and the aircraft spins. Hit it three times and it falls to the floor, temporarily stricken.
The ‘copter can be flown in six directions" up, down, left, right, back and forward, and has an operational range of around 80 metres. A 3D gyro stabilises the chopper in flight, but you’ll need to be a decent pilot to control it and shoot down the enemy.
If you’ve ever flown one of these micro style helicopters before, you’ll know what to expect. If not, you’ll have to exercise patience to get the hang of the controls required to operate it.
I found that after a few minutes I was able to get the helicopter moving in the right general direction, but it took a while longer to master it completely.
You’ll need six AA batteries for the controller and to re-charge the helicopter’s own battery. And you should get around five minutes' flight time from 30 minutes charging. You’ll also need plenty of space indoors.
That means that you won’t want to spend an afternoon battling in the skies, but the Battling Gyro choppers are perfect for a quick burst of fun at lunchtime. ®
Thanks to Red 5 for lending up the review sample
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but the civilised world uses metric.... apart from road signs ;)
Replace that with a frickin' laser and you've got a sale.
I like our weird units better. It's really easy to work out if someone is a moron or not.
Actually, the civilised world uses metric, full stop. It's just you lot that still do road signs in non-metric units, and the less said about the the uncouth heathens on the other side of the pond, the better.
Re: 5 minutes? Yes, but where?
This only works if you have a large hangar at your disposal, or live in a loft, as outside it's almost always too windy.
/mumbles about once living in a 7m high 12m x 8m mezzanined room in a converted school building, and the tech not being up to scratch then.