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Remote Controlled Helicopter with on-board Eyecam


June 4, 2004

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Here's a novel way to make the most of your valuable time on the coach - the Draganflyer III remote controlled helicopter delivers full aerial manoeuvrability and high-speed flying for around five minutes at a time with the option of adding a micro-video Eyecam that can be watched live on television or recorded through a VCR of digital video camera. The battery operated helicopter has distinct advantages in size and weight over petrol driven models - three piezo gyros provide stability and the 70 cm long, lightweight carbon fibre and high impact nylon frame is means that when you inevitably crash land, the Draganflyer III will survive the impact.

Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, the Draganflyer III is available in ten different frequencies so you can race simultaneously and the range is said to be limited only by your eye-sight. Full assembly of the model takes 30 minutes and flight times can be increased with the optional tether cord. Available online at www.rctoys.com, the Draganflyer III costs US$749 and the 2.4GHz Eyecam color video camera is US$149 extra.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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