Force Flyer: Glove Controlled RC Helicopter
Traditional RC helipcoters include a joystick based remote control. But in today’s Wii inspired world, that’s hardly a way to sell a toy to a tot, or an over grown child, otherwise known as a World of Warcraft gamer. Ok, we kid, but seriously, separating your RC toy from the pact of thousands of other toys is no easy feat.
That’s why Regal Elite has developed the Force Flyer. It’s your garden variety RC helicopter, at least at first blush. But with a bit closer examination, you’ll soon learn that you can control it using an accelerometer infused glove. A small joy stick within thumbs reach allows you to control the helicopter’s height, while turning your hand left to right and forwards and backwards will dictate its direction of travel accordingly.
The Force Flyer appears to be outfitted with a variety of blades which explains what are supposed to be rather agile controls. A few reporters have managed to get a hands on (or gloves on as some are calling it) and despite crashing the prototype ‘copter they’ve said it manages to hold up to abuse. That’s good news for any parents looking to invest in one of these for their troublesome kid. Unfortunately, entertainment will be limited to 10 minutes flights, though recharge time is just double that with a USB plug.
The Force Flyer should go on sale this April for $49.99. Expect a larger, outdoor version, which will retail for $100, sometime later in the year.