Griffin Technology has launched its newest iOS app-powered accessory: HELO TC, a remote-controlled helicopter. The HELO TC app transforms the multi-touch display of any iOS device into a remote control for the helicopter.
The HELO TC is a twin-rotored, indoor helicopter built on a lightweight metal frame with a black polycarbonate body. It comes with a Flight Deck infrared module, which plugs into an iOS device to transmit control signals to the helicopter.
Two modes of flight are available: Touch Control, using the Multi-Touch display to control HELO TC’s throttle and joystick; and Tilt to Steer mode, which uses the iOS device’s accelerometers. Tilting the iOS device moves the helicopter forward, back and side to side. The app can record and store up to three flight plans so you, or another pilot, can repeat a favorite flight pattern.
The HELO TC’s built-in battery recharges from any USB power source, including your computer’s USB port. The Flight Deck module, powered by four AAA batteries, plugs into the iOS device’s headphone jack. The HELO TC, US$49.99, is currently available at http://www.griffintechnology.com and will be at retailers nationwide for the holiday season.