This week The Giz Wiz audience voted on the iPhone Helicopter from Sky Mall. So Leo bought one. Actually, he thinks he accidentally type in wrong number because ten of them showed up at the Brick TWiT House! What does Leo think of them? First, here’s the Sky Mall description.
It's up, up and away with commands from your Apple device. 20-foot flying range!
The iPhone Controlled Helicopter is now one of the most popular toys of all time! Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to control a modern, fast, and stable helicopter. Download the free app and control the chopper using the intuitive buttons or simply tilt your device and the helicopter will follow your commands! Includes two extra rotors and tail rotors and USB charger. 9"H x 6"W x 3-1/4"D. $39.95
Leo opened one of the iPhone Helicopters and tried to charge it. The charge lights didn’t do what the instructions said they were supposed to do. That’s when he found a sheet in the box which said the instruction book was wrong, and THESE were the correct instructions. So Leo started charging the helicopter the right way and opened a second helicopter to take out the charger so he could also charge the controller at the same time. If you buy one of these you'll have to use the one charger included to charge each unit separately. (No big deal.) Once everything was charged Leo let it fly! At first it seemed to crash everywhere – without breaking – so it’s pretty rugged. Then OMGChad told Leo the ‘copter used infrared technology and was a ‘line-of-sight’ flyer. Leo’s later flights were much more controlled. Actually Leo kept flying the iPhone helicopter again and again - with rousing music dropped in by producer, Jason Howell! Leo said he liked the helicopter a lot! Folks in the chat room said that people should do a web search if they want to buy one, because you can find the same iPhone Helicopter on other websites for a lot less than $39.95. For some reason Leo thinks he paid only about $20, but the Sky Mall page does show $39.95.
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