Air Hogs Hawk Eye R/C chopper takes your webcam airborne

Aug 2, 2010

We've been looking to the Parrot AR.Drone to sate our desires for airborne webcam goodness, but Air Hogs might be able to do that for a whole lot less money.  The new Air Hogs Hawk Eye remote-control helicopter lacks the AR.Drone's iPhone/iPod touch integration and fancy quad-rotor hovering abilities, but at around $65 when it arrives later this month it's certainly cheaper.

Video demo after the cut

In the air, the Hawk Eye can shoot up to five minutes of 320 x 240 video or snap hundreds of VGA-quality images.  Back on the ground, a USB port allows you to offload that content to your PC or Mac; unfortunately, there's no live streaming of video back to the remote control, as on the AR.Drone, but then the Parrot quadricopter doesn't offer recording.

To be fair, you're paying less because it's a much less complex R/C toy: the controller uses infrared, so needs line-of-sight unlike the AR.Drone's fancy self-hosted WiFi network, and while dual-rotor indoor helicopters are relatively straightforward to fly, they aren't anywhere near as easy as the Parrot is.  Still, if you've always wanted to spy on people, and have a kid's budget rather than the $300 Parrot are asking, Air Hogs could have a winner on their hands.

[via OhGizmo!]

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