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Sean Kinkade Park Hawk Ornithopter reminds us that Da Vinci had it right

Sean Kinkade Park Hawk Ornithopter reminds us that Da Vinci had it right

There's nothing quite like a lazy afternoon flying your remote-controlled airplane, helicopter, or in this case, ornithopter, around the back yard. The airwaves are aflutter today as everyone outside the RC circuit realizes that not only are ornithopters a reality now for at-home enthusiasts, they've been around for over a decade. The video you're about to see, in fact, features an original model Sean Kinkade Park Hawk, originally released all the way back in 1993 and purchased just this week by RC lover, Nuvaero Flight System's Robert Eaton.

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WristQue wireless bracelet offers smart home motion control

WristQue wireless bracelet offers smart home motion control

A sensor-packed wireless wristband could individually control home and office HVAC systems and, one day, act as a motion-sensing interface between humans and machines, if researchers have their way. Part of MIT's MediaLab responsive environments research, WristQue is 3D-printed band containing a CPU, sensors for temperature, humidity and light, and a UWB radio used for communicating with home automation systems as well as pinpointing the wearer's location.

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ZMote Smart Cord makes home automation Bluetooth-simple

ZMote Smart Cord makes home automation Bluetooth-simple

Home automation needn't be difficult if there's just one or two things you want to turn on and off remotely, with the ZMote Smart Cord packing Bluetooth into a regular power cable. A three foot extension cord with a regular US three-prong plug and outlet, a compact box partway along contains a Bluetooth chip that can be used to turn the power on or off from your iPhone, iPad, other smartphone, tablet or laptop.

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Belkin WeMo promises iPad home automation

Belkin WeMo promises iPad home automation

Home automation is something plenty of geeks dream about, but has a reputation for being tricky and expensive to implement; now Belkin hopes to address both of those concerns with its new WeMo standard. Using a combination of a WiFi-enabled AC plug adapter - which can be remotely turned on or off - and a WiFi-enabled motion sensor, along with a free iPhone and iPad app, WeMo promises to make setting up a smart home headache-free.

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Sony outs 2nd-Gen Google TV boxes with streamlined remote

Sony outs 2nd-Gen Google TV boxes with streamlined remote

Sony promised second-gen Google TV hardware, and the company has delivered with the new Sony Network Media Player NSZ-GS7 and Blu-ray Disc Player NSZ-GP9, streamlining the remote and boosting cross-platform support. Gone is the button-festooned madness of the original line-up, replaced with a straightforward trackpad on one side and a backlit QWERTY keyboard on the other. However, either can be bypassed thanks to an integrated microphone for voice-recognition and control.

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Wi-Spi video surveillance RC vehicles

Wi-Spi video surveillance RC vehicles

I'm sure there are better gadgets for spying on your next door neighbor, but they probably aren't as fun to use or play with as the Wi-Spi video surveillance vehicles. InteractiveToy has constructed both the Wi-Spi helicopter and Wi-Spi Intruder. The Intruder is a basic remote control car with a video camera built into the grill.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 revealed: 720p recording and easier flight

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 revealed: 720p recording and easier flight

Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0, the second-generation iPhone, iPad and Android controlled quadricopter, has leaked ahead of its official debut at CES 2012 this week. The four-rotor'd gadget now has a 720p HD camera which can record as well as stream footage to the new AR.FreeFlight 2.0 piloting app, a premature press release at DIYDrones [reg. required] confirms, while a new "Absolute Control" method promises to make flying the AR.Drone 2.0 even easier than before.

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Swann RC helicopters with iPhone controls, mounted cameras released

Swann RC helicopters with iPhone controls, mounted cameras released

This week the folks at Swann have let loose information about three completely different remote controlled helicopters, each one more impressive and strange than the last. The first is the Sky Eye, which as its name suggests, has the ability to record flights with video or still photos to its built-in 512MB memory. Next there's the i-Fly Micro Lightening which can be controlled from your iPhone with a free app provided by Swann. Then there's the Black Swann which, like the Sky Eye, is able to record media, but here you've got a "stealth" helicopter instead of a "military."

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