One of the guys I work with surprised me today by bringing his iPhone controlled AR.Drone helicopter in to the office.
I remember thinking it sounded like a cool idea when it was announced at CES a few years back but never expected the chance to actually fly one.
The coolest thing are the controls. They’re completely intuitive, utilizing the tilt sensor on the iPhone to move and a couple of onscreen controls for altitude. Plus, your iPhone display is hooked right into a camera built into the nose of the helicopter! How cool is that?
Unfortunately the video is a little short because the battery ran out my first try. And I was so excited to be flying it with a new battery in place that I forgot to have someone record it.