Yesterday we were blown away by Griffin's upcoming $49.99 HELO TC iOS-controlled helicopter, for a number of good reasons. First off, it's a sixth of the price of the Parrot AR.Drone and the announcement was accompanied by an awesome video which I'll embed again just for fun:
Initially, I was under the incorrect assumption that this was going to be a two horse race between Parrot and Griffin for iOS real-world aerial superiority, but boy was I wrong. As it turns out, there's quite a few options already in existence that you can order today in a variety of different sizes and price points.
Almost immediately after posting the HELO TC article, I was emailed by Gerard Nieuwenhuis who runs iHelicopters.net who told me about his variety of ready to ship helicopters that use a similar free app to control them. The main difference being, instead of requiring AA batteries to power the IR transmitter, the iHelicopter transmitter is powered by rechargeable batteries.
There's not much variance in the pricing between iHelicopters, iRemoco, Griffin, and DealExtreme, so I think we're going to need to do an (entirely unexpected) iOS-controlled helicopter shootout to really determine who is the king of the App Store air space. Who knew such a seemingly specific product would have such a crowded marketplace?