Griffin is well known for its accessories and cases for iOS devices already, but now the company is really branching out (or should that be blading out?) with the launch this week of a Griffin-branded remote-controlled iOS helicopter, called the Helo TC. The Helo TC works in conjunction with the Helo TC app, which turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a remote control for the helicopter, which will be available to buy in time for Christmas 2011, for £34.99 ($50 approx).
To operate the Helo TC, you first have to charge it via any computer or iOS-powered source, then fit your iOS device into the included flight deck module, which transmits infrared signals to the helicopter, giving you total flying control. You have two available flight modes: either use your deviceís touchscreen to control the helicopterís throttle and flight controlled joystick, the cyclic, or you can enable the Helo TCís Tilt-to-Fly feature, which uses your device's accelerometers to control the helicopter by tilting forward, backward and side to side.
Here are the Helo TCís tech specs courtesy of Griffin:
- 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.
Source: Griffin, via TUAW