800lb Paper Airplane Takes Flight (Video)

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Remember those good old school days? Remember the crafts we used to do, including the strategic designing of paper airplanes. The wings had to be just right, and we would try so many different styles to beat our friends. Well, there’s still a little kid in all of us that’s for sure, some more than others, and that’s why the giant paper airplane flew over the Arizona desert this week. The thing weighs in at 800 pounds, is 45 feet long, and has a wingspan of 24 feet.

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Swann’s iPhone-Controlled Mini RC Helicopters Now Shipping (Video)

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I know what you’re thinking. This is going after much the same market as the Parrot AR Drone and that’s probably true, except these aren’t quadrocopters; they just have the two stacked rotors. There’s apparently three different versions of the RC helis, two of which come with onboard cameras for recording both stills and videos.

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$50 R/C Helicopter Uses Accelerometer Glove for Controls

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Realistically, since the remote control is really only using an accelerometer, it probably wouldn’t be all that difficult to devise a smartphone app to do the same. In any case, this little flying machine gets about 10 minutes of flight time on a 20 minute charge. For $50, it will make a nice toy you can smash into the wall and collect the pieces up afterwards.  when it ships this May. A larger version will also sell for $100. For serious flyers, the E-flite blade mCPx heli is the way you wan’t to go.

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Skynet for Real: Organized Swarm of Nano Quadrocopters (Video)

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What’s that? You thought the Parrot AR Drone was pretty cool? What if I told you that researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a squadron of quadrocopters that can organize themselves into a swarm, flying in formation and automatically evading obstacles? Yes, Skynet is here and I, for one, welcome our robot overlords.

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ARGUS-IS Military Drone Tracks 64 Targets Simultaneously, Snaps 1.8 Gigapixel Photos @10FPS

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The A160 Hummingbird was recently unveiled with a new imaging system. Remember that 1.8 gigapixels is 100x more detail than what you’d get with your 18MP digital camera, and it’s usually only with multiple shots that we regular folk can stitch together a gigapixel photo. The kicker is that this hovering aircraft can send back real-time video streams at 10 frames a second too.

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Drone Copter For Texas Sheriff Can Be Weaponized Too

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I really like R/C helicopters from a hobbyist’s perspective, but you can see how useful they’d be for more practical purposes too. Drones are used all the time in a military context and now one sheriff’s office in Texas is getting its own drone copter, complete with the ability to get weaponized.

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Eurocopter EC145 Helicopter Offers Benz-Style Luxury

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Interestingly, that’s not just Benz in name. The interior design of the helicopter was actually created in the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy. They were inspired by the luxury-class vehicles of Benz, taking that same level of comfort of high class to the flying saloon.

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