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201 comments

Huh? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5823962)

Not for sale, but you can buy one here and here?

Re:Huh? (2, Informative)

croddy (659025) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824017)

RTFA. [here] and [here] are similar uhelicopters; the Pixel is a prototype only.

Wait a minute (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5823963)

It's not for sale, but you can buy one here and here? Wtf?

fuck america (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5823964)

america sucks.

first (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5823965)

drop of a post into a cup of coffee

Once we can get a couple of Mini Sams (5, Funny)

Angry White Guy (521337) | more than 11 years ago | (#5823968)

then my micro military will be complete!

Man... (5, Funny)

gvonk (107719) | more than 11 years ago | (#5823971)


OK now. Seriously. Whoever wrote that blurb had their RC helicopter drop some seriously fucked-up sugar cubes in their coffee this morning. "It's not for sale" "buy one here" "Some gallerys and videos on the page" "100 grams or lighter now."

Lay off the acid, please...

Re:Man... (4, Informative)

troc (3606) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824016)

Yeah, having had a look, the ultralight one they are talking about cannot be bought (the pixel X thing) and the links are to small helicopters you can buy.

Which aren't under 100 grams etc etc.

So the blurb should read "here is a very light helicopter you can't buy and here are some that are a bit heavier but which are for sale" ;)

Troc

Re:Man... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824060)

It's not "utilizadores", it's "usuarios" ;) . Utilizadores sound like their abusing you or something :-D

Be glad (1)

moc.tfosorcimgllib (602636) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824184)

Just be glad they didn't talk about "Coming to work in one this morning".

BTW, this is a repost, they had these up with Zip-Zaps way back in december.

Re:Man... (2, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824248)

"Lay off the acid, please..."

Or at least bring enough to share with the rest of the class.

Hrmmm, yes, of course. (-1, Redundant)

}InFuZeD{ (52430) | more than 11 years ago | (#5823972)

I fail to see how it is "not for sale" if you can buy it "here or here".

I wonder.... (5, Insightful)

Chris_Stankowitz (612232) | more than 11 years ago | (#5823976)

If something like this could be used for making films. The idea being scaled modles of a scene. That would really help out student film projects, giving them something better to work with than plastice models and fishline.

Re:I wonder.... (2)

barryfandango (627554) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824153)

sounds like fun - attach a lightweight, solid state wireless video camera to one of these and it would be endless fun for surveillance! Perhaps with the RF unit connected to a serial port and a video output on the screen you could carry out all sorts of remote missions.

One Acronym: (0)

ttsalo (126195) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824367)

CGI.

When are companies going to (3, Interesting)

Angry White Guy (521337) | more than 11 years ago | (#5823980)

build a USB controller for these things? I'd love to be able to run a network of these things from my pc.

Re:When are companies going to (2, Informative)

jgerman (106518) | more than 11 years ago | (#5823999)

Go get a USB on a chip, you can pick one up from Digikey. Build a controller.

Re:When are companies going to (0, Funny)

prmths (325452) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824012)

that would be the most awesome thing EVER...
how 'bout this: run a cron job; every so often have that thing go to the fridge and bring back a bawls :D

how's the payload on that thing?

Re:When are companies going to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824069)

One command starts an intracate ballet of whirling metal. Each piece following a predetermined path, creating a battlefield in your office. Man would that annoy the bosses (and your pets).

Re:When are companies going to (0, Flamebait)

msheppard (150231) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824300)

Why should a company do it? Why don't you do it? Companies don't do anything until it's been shown to work. So do it and stop whining.

M@

Re:When are companies going to (5, Funny)

cap'n foolsy (635911) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824372)

yes, get enough of these things, and buy a few remote controlled tanks as well. put them all in a sandbox and you can have your own mini gulf war :D

but of course you'll have to buy a few cans of oil to put under the sandbox, just for realism...

How hard is helicopter AI control? (2, Interesting)

Boss, Pointy Haired (537010) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824375)

How hard would this be to do?

Flying a model (or real helicopter) for that matter require continuous delicate feedback - far more than flying a fixed wing aircraft.

Do modern real heli's have auto-pilot? I'm sure they do; but how hard would it be to incorporate the necessary sensors into the model of this size and have controlled by computer?

Re:How hard is helicopter AI control? (0, Interesting)

thatnerdguy (551590) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824454)

if you look here [hobby-lobby.com] near the bottom you will find a "Headinglock Module" for the helicopter. What it does is memorizes the last direction the copter was flying in, and in case of interference from wind or something it automatically corrects. This allows you to concentrate more on other aspects of flying.

Can't buy one? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5823982)

I didn't get a chance to read the whole thing, but if you can't buy one, why are there links to buy one?

Re:Can't buy one? (4, Informative)

gerf (532474) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824142)

The first link is to the prototype page, of the guy who designed the first and second versions in his garage. the last two are of the commercial, buyable version. 'nuff said

Re:Can't buy one? (1)

blunte (183182) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824415)

Because the summary is poorly written (*shock, surprise*).

You can't buy the heli shown on the first link because it's a prototype, but the following two links point to commercially-available small helis.

Aha! (1, Funny)

termos (634980) | more than 11 years ago | (#5823986)

Aha! This could explain the sounds coming from my bosses office!

Re:Aha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824616)

"Aha! This could explain the sounds coming from my bosses office!"
  • What's her name?


RTFA (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5823987)

The Pixel's aren't for sale, but some other models are. Geez.

Re:RTFA (1)

muyuubyou (621373) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824084)

Blame it on poor English. "You can get one" means the one aforementioned.

"You can get similar ones here and here" or "you can get other micro-helicopters here and here", and we could have discussed about the topic for a change...

Finally (5, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 11 years ago | (#5823990)

I've had this model fake volcano/mountain for like six years, and it took until now to find the appropriate mini-Airwolf. Now I just need to order one of these babies, paint it black, and get out my Ernest Borgnine figurine.

*starts humming Airwolf theme*

Re:Finally (4, Funny)

gotroot801 (7857) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824091)

I've had this model fake volcano/mountain for like six years, and it took until now to find the appropriate mini-Airwolf. Now I just need to order one of these babies, paint it black, and get out my Ernest Borgnine figurine.

...or just order the Airwolf fuselage halfway down the first order page...

That Ernest Borgnine Figurine... (1)

nicky_d (92174) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824191)

Keep a look out for old "Black Hole" action figures - including surely the only commercially produced Ernest Borgnine figure in human history. In grey, IIRC, and as unmistakable as you'd imagine. Probably about the right size, judging by some of the 'copter shots.

Everything's really starting to come together for you, isn't it?

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824206)

Check out the new codex.lu site [codex.lu] !

Re:Finally (1)

i_mdiver (627985) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824228)

Too funny... and thanks for putting that theme song into my head for the rest of the day. Now I can get a few of these little babies add some explosives to them, and then see how my Mini-'Airwolf' preforms against my KITT and KARR demolition spectacular! Especially after my modified vehicles [knightreplicas.com] are finished! Ain't RC great?

Re:Finally (1)

Lars T. (470328) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824631)

They already had a hard time fitting Ernest Borgnine into Airwolf, do you have a small enough figurine of him to put into mini-Airwolf?

Flying Assassin (3, Interesting)

zwaffle (667535) | more than 11 years ago | (#5823996)

Coupled with a wireless camera link, this would make a perfect recon system for the military or law enforcement. Add a weapon to it,...

Re:Flying Assassin (1)

Loosewire (628916) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824013)

Add a weapon to it,...
Shhhh or the fbi will take down the helicopter site, your comment and the whole of slasdhot for encouraging terrorists.

Re:Flying Assassin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824025)

Add a weapon to it,...

Like what? a pea shooter? I don't think there is ANY weapon that small, not even on the drawing board.

Re:Flying Assassin (1, Interesting)

sigep_ohio (115364) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824067)

Biological or chemical agents don't need to be large. Some infact need very little(a teaspoon or sugar cube) to be very deadly. A system of several of these helicpoters could be used in large crowded areas to inflict high amounts of damage.

Also, you could use them as kamakazi type drones. Only a small amount of explosive would be needed for them to drive into a crowd or attack a single individual(assasination) and inflict damage. Of course they would need to be pretty quiet for that.

Re:Flying Assassin (5, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824146)

You've never flown a RC heliocopter before have you.

they are insanely difficult to fly weighing 16 pounds and having a 1-2 horsepower gas engine in a light breeze.. this little guy needs to fly in ZERO wind because of it's tiny weight. I am not an expert but after flying a gas powered RC chopper for 5 minutes I was exausted. the experts refuse to fly in anything other than a steady wind that is less than 10 mph gusty is asking for trouble and these things will instantly chase after any passing vehicle without the pilot wanting it to.

so if your intended target is sitting in a gym WITHOUT the ac running or any fans and won't move away from the attacking toy then your idea will work, otherwise pick a less dramatic deployment mechanisim that attracts less attention and doesnt feel like a poorly written James Bond novel.

Re:Flying Assassin (1)

sigep_ohio (115364) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824173)

I never said they were good choices for said attack roles. I just said that they could be used for said roles. Of course helicopters are hard to fly, even the big ones that hold people. You don't need to have experience piloting one to understand that. The physics behind the way a helicopter flies air very unstable. But it could still be used for any of the possibilities I imagined.

Re:Flying Assassin (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824211)

could you said that again?

Re:Flying Assassin (1)

zwaffle (667535) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824282)

Would it be possible to improve it with an attitude control system (gyro + CPU) and still keep the weight and power need at a minimum? There was a post a while ago about the military developing a mini-drone plane. But the real advantage of a mini helico is the ability to hover and manoeuver in small indoor spaces.

Re:Flying Assassin (1)

fenix down (206580) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824178)

And Loosewire was shooshing the parent for attracting the FBI...

Regardless, I really doubt that would work as well as you think. Even with something like sarin, probably the worst that would happen is a panic and a stampede. And Kamakazi? I guess you could burn somebody, maybe blind them, but unless they tried to eat your bomb, it's probably not going to do too much.

Anyway, better go unlock your doors. Maybe you won't have to replace them.

Re:Flying Assassin (1)

sigep_ohio (115364) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824196)

Thats ok, it would be a nice change to just reading /. all day.

Re:Flying Assassin (4, Funny)

GrEp (89884) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824364)

Couple that with 20 other helos, GPS, and some swarming software. Then the military might buy it. (As long as the enemy doesn't have "BIG FAN" technology). Kind of scary that we are getting close to the technology of Terminator, where robots are on a better footing than man on the battlefield. All we need is that singularity...

Aarh! (5, Funny)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824001)

They better be careful or they are gonna decapitate that poor chick!

Re:Aarh! (2, Funny)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824041)

Noooo! It's to late! [planetinternet.be]

Re:Aarh! (5, Funny)

trikberg (621893) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824163)

That's about the worst thing they could have used for size comparison. They should've used something with a standard size, for example a Coke can.

330ml, 350ml or 500 ml? (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824174)

that's the beauty of standards

Re:Aarh! (4, Funny)

realdpk (116490) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824385)

Or a football field.

Re:Aarh! (1)

cap'n foolsy (635911) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824404)

i thought our standard measurement for size was the volkswagon beetle?

Re:Aarh! (1)

Tim Doran (910) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824502)

No no no - Library of Congress is the standard measurement.

Re:Aarh! (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824652)

Chicks are a pretty standard size, really. About 2.5" - 3" or so, at that age.

My brain must be in Monday mode again... (1, Redundant)

Mostly Monkey (454505) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824003)

I could have sworn that the submitter said that the small choppers weren't for sale, and yet ended the comment with links to where I could buy them? Forget the sugar cube, I need a caffeine IV.

sale? (1)

thanjee (263266) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824008)

So you can't buy the micro-copter, don't worry - my dad has plenty of similar chicks for sale every year, and cheap!

Re:sale? (5, Funny)

troc (3606) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824032)

surely you mean "cheep" :)

Troc

It never needs to be said, but: (-1, Offtopic)

hesiod (111176) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824009)

What if we made a Beowulf Cluster... err.. Hmmm...
In Soviet Russia... uh...
First post!!! ...or not.
4. Profit!

Re:It never needs to be said, but: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824100)

CLASSICO!!!! Mod the parent up!!!!

Check it out.. (1, Funny)

Migrant Programmer (19727) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824014)

Check out the hot chick on that main page! First the MP3 AK-47 magazine spread, and now this! Keep it up Slashdot boyz!

Cool (0)

rf0 (159958) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824052)

Now I can dive bomb my missus out of bed when she refuses to get up in the morning? :)

Rus

ob. grammar/spelling nazi post (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824057)

Some gallerys and videos on the page.

Do I see a spelling mistake and an incomplete sentence at once?

This thing kicks ass (5, Interesting)

Omkar (618823) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824063)

It also reminds me of the opening of MIB - you see an insect, it looks like highly advanced tech. Then it splats onto a windshield. This sort of durability limits battlefied (and many other) apps, right?

Huh? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824065)

RC microhelicopter here that is flat out cool but not for sale...You can buy one here and here.

Well, is it for sale or isn't it?

The Matrix... (5, Funny)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824072)

'Can you fly that thing?'

'Not yet.'

*makes phone call*

'Tank, I need to fly a chick-sized mini-helicopter.'

*eyes flutter*

'Let's go.'

i would love to have one of these (0, Offtopic)

DrWhizBang (5333) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824077)

but i wouldn't buy one from someone that uses java applets for buttons on their web site. Ew!

Oh, right it's not for sale there. Good, I feel better.

spamdot.org? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824103)

This "story" looks a LOT like spam I've been getting recently.

Re:spamdot.org? (2)

PortWineBoy (587071) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824154)

Yea, I have to wonder how long it will be until we see reviews of Mini RC cars. Not that they don't look cool, but I have to believe that nothing touted via spam works...I could be wrong, but then we'd all be B I G G E R.

Re:spamdot.org? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824229)

Yea, I have to wonder how long it will be until we see reviews of Mini RC cars. Not that they don't look cool, but I have to believe that nothing touted via spam works...I could be wrong, but then we'd all be B I G G E R.

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So small that it can drop a sugar cube... (5, Funny)

jaydeekay (96431) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824110)

Couldn't a Chinnook or a B2 Bomber drop a sugar cube into my coffee?

I'm not sure this really says much about how small these coptors are.

Re:So small that it can drop a sugar cube... (2, Funny)

pacc (163090) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824445)

The Sugar industry ought to beg for funding to develop laser-guided sugarcubes instead of lobbying for withdrawn funds for WHO [bbc.co.uk]

This is hardly new (5, Interesting)

MikeStammer (668507) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824115)

These arent as micro as micro gets in the heli world! They are small, but not as small as home made kits. These birds also are NOT ballsy (is that a word?) enough to hoist around a camera, let alone a weapon. There are helis that can and do do that. Check this out: http://www.mh.ttu.ee/risto/index.htm He hooked a camera and GPS to his logo and posted some video. cool stuff!

You don't need a big gun (2, Interesting)

simgod (563459) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824126)

... just a toxic needle in a air-compressed tube and you are ready for an assasination...

Re:You don't need a big gun (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824141)

but could it fly here [goatse.cx] ?

Real video games now!! comanche here I come (4, Funny)

mnmn (145599) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824133)


Thats really cool what I just saw. I think my priorities have been reshuffled now, I need to save up for this.

Then buy a couple with rubber-band missles and do a real lanparty. Better yet small ink canisters to really mess up the opponent on his chair if his copter cant stop yours.

Or even strap on a teeny camera with a bluetooth transmitter and send it...... places......

Re:Real video games now!! comanche here I come (1)

kiwimate (458274) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824637)

Or even strap on a teeny camera with a bluetooth transmitter and send it...... places......

Oh, please, don't give X10 any more ideas; they're dreadful enough already.

Pixel vs obtainable RC helis (5, Informative)

g5g5g5 (414184) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824138)

The Pixel page has been around for some time, and has served as inspiration for many RC enthusiasts to get in to electric helicopters. While the Pixel is not for sale, the Piccolo is a great place to start the hobby.
http://www.ikarus-modellbau.de/ubbthreads/ postlist .php?Cat=&Board=UBB1
Here is a bbs for the product.

VICE CITY MICRO HELI MISSION WAS FUCKING WHACK (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824149)

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what about the chick? (1)

heymjo (244283) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824161)

I feel sad for the chick who is clearly being exploited to show off the MH's size.

Thousands of these chicks die every year around easter after being mistreated horribly by some annoying little brat who just had to have one for Easter. And now this guy used one to demonstrate the size of his microhelicopter that nobody but the military cares about!

moron having fun with spinnig stuff (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824175)

repeat after me:

the southern baptist freemasons are our friends, we can do no wrong.

Which is better: (-1, Troll)

anonymous cowfart (576665) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824176)

a) Micro-Helicopter Fun

OR...

b) Sex with a mare?

Re:Which is better: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824361)

e) hooking an x10 camera up to a microhelicopter and spying on cowboy neal having sex with a mare.

These are common (3, Informative)

andrewm (9862) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824208)

Here's a review of another small one:

http://rcgroups.com/links/index.php?t=article&ca t= 198&id=4144

Fits in the palm of one hand.

Perfect! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824210)

Just what I need to spy on my hot neighbours. Now I can finally kick that porn habit.

Re:Perfect! (-1)

The Spelling Nazi (619562) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824260)

Haha! I just spit my coffee all over my crotch!

Sorry, (2, Funny)

MondoMor (262881) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824365)

Even with a gyro keeping the tail steady, it still takes two hands to fly. Even to hover.

A better way to kick the porn habit is to glue sandpaper to your hands, pillow and realdoll.

Danger! Decapitation Risk. (2, Funny)

Yorrike (322502) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824224)

The site proclaims these machines to be small enough to fly inside. . . . wouldn't that be the most dangerous toy ever? It'd be like a tiny flying lawn mower!

I'm more intrigued by this one: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5824226)

http://www.rctoys.com/draganflyer3.php

Bigger than a micro, but 100 g sugar no problem (2, Interesting)

wwwillem (253720) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824271)

If you like to kick it up a notch, check out www.flycam.nl [flycam.nl] . These machines are app. 2 meter long and can carry an 11 kg payload, so that should be enough for your sugar cubes :-). To get details and specs [flycam.nl] , click the site-map link.

I once read somewhere that these helicopters go for a price of 30-40 thousand. Same as a car....

This really ain't news but anyway (5, Informative)

NorthDude (560769) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824287)

If you look carefully, the site as seen its last update 2 years ago.

Those were hand made, but the guy helped IKarus to design the Eco Piccolo [ikarus-modellbau.de] which is really small and comes in a kit form.
Then, there is also the MS Composite Hornet [mrcarbon.com] , which I personally prefer. Those 2 are a lot of fun to fly, but you have to be dedicated to them, because they need a lot of tweeking to get every bit of power from the cells, extra care must also be taken because of their small form. And they are also everything but cheap...
Anyway, a very geeky hobby that's for sure...

Re:This really ain't news but anyway (2, Funny)

telstar (236404) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824665)

"If you look carefully, the site as seen its last update 2 years ago."
  • Yeah, sadly the site owner has been bleeding out on the floor for the past two years after being decapitated with one of his toy copters... I guess that explains why they're not available for sale.

Tethered, but still great fun... (3, Informative)

Boss, Pointy Haired (537010) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824333)

I recently bought one of these [snelflight.co.uk] - it's a tethered indoor model heli - and some of the best fun you can have with your clothes on. It comes with a computer based sim so you can plug the actual controller into your PC and try and minimise damage to your living room.

Around £200 in the UK. I now have to redecorate as a result of buying mine.

BROKEN LINK - See here for Snelflight Hoverfly (4, Informative)

Boss, Pointy Haired (537010) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824349)

Oooops.

Snelflight [snelflight.co.uk]

I prefer the Mini Flying Saucer (2, Informative)

nyc_paladin (534862) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824370)

The mini RC helicopter is good and all but for covert operations you need a mini airship. [thinkgeek.com]

(Somewhat) Important Distinction (1)

rgraham (199829) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824384)

The Piccolo, Hummingbird and Hornet are all micros-helicopter and while small, are not as small as the sub-micro like the Helistar (similar to one pictured next to the chick in the story). These smaller machines can be just as expensive to buy as larger gas machines but they are usually less expensive to keep flying since you don't have to always be buying fuel, and parts are less expensive to fix when they crash(if you get one, you will crash it). All these "rotary wing aircraft" are available on HeliHobby [helihobby.com] , which all though it is experiencing a serious Slashdotting is run by a great guy.

$500 (4, Insightful)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824474)

The entire collection of required parts is a mere $500, imagine, for only $500 you get seven fiendishly action packed minutes of zany flight time! (unless you pay an extra $100 for the better battery, which will buy you 12 minutes)

I'm sorry, but I could have a lot more fun with $500:

1. A night out with my girl
2. A GeForce 4 ti4200
3. 256MB more RAM
4. The new issue of Maxim with Tyra Banks on the cover
5. Jergen's Extra Silky Smooth Antibacterial lotion
5. An eight ball of white
6. A better web host because The Effect made my mini-PC-heli fan page go bye-bye

A better machine IMHO... (1)

ChrisPaget (229422) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824487)

...is the Hoverfly [snelflight.co.uk] from Snelflight [snelflight.co.uk] . Total flying weight of 70 grams, unlimited flying time, and so robust you can give your mates the controller without worring about the repair bill. I've been flying one of these things for about a year now - hours of fun, especially when it goes to work with me and the guys in the office take turns at trying to kill each other with it... :)

If only I had a beowulf cluster of those... (1, Funny)

hellfire (86129) | more than 11 years ago | (#5824549)

It had to be said!
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