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

Aug 2, 2010
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Air Hogs Hawk Eye R/C chopper takes your webcam airborne

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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