TiPb TV 22: iHelicopters dogfight

Georgia and Rene go all Airwolf vs. Blue Thunder with iHelicopter, the iPhone-controlled remote helicopters. We're talking terrifying takeoffs, ludicrous landings, and crazy crashes. This is TiPb TV.

Courtesy: iHelicopters

iHelicopters sent us two helicopters to test out so we immediately thought -- dogfight! The helicopters themselves are really cool looking, sleek but with enough exposed electronics to add that ferocious techno feel. They charge over microUSB and once you charge them up and install the free iPhone app, i-helicopter, you're ready for some fun.

iHelicopters also have LED, so you can light them up and take them out at night. Super sweet. Now the battery doesn't last super long, but we were pleasantly surprised we managed to film for a couple of hours of admittedly intermittent use without recharging. If you're constantly flying, don't count on anywhere near that long, but if you bring your charger with you, you can top up and go again.

You can choose between a touchscreen joystick or accelerometer and gyroscope-based controls. I'm not even going to lie. It will take you a while to get good. It's not like video game physics. Once these babies get going, they have momentum... even when they're crashing into the ground.

Now crashing can break things, but the iHelicopters themselves were really resilient. The blades did break once but iHelicopters provides a bag with several replacements for each, which is really appreciated.

Just after we filmed this episode iHelicopter announced a new version -- with missiles. Needless to say, they're on their way to TiPb HQ and Rene's in a for a surprise...

TiPb TV 22: iHelicopters dogfight

Georgia

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, co-host of Vector, Review, and Isometric podcasts, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Dow.

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TiPb TV 22: iHelicopters dogfight

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OK, I HAVE to HAVE this iHelicopter. LOL...I've seen these (types of helicopters) in front of a toy store in the mall a while back and I always wondered at how easy it must be to get seriously hurt when some kid flies a helicopter right at you. I do want one, though. ;-P

First of all - cool toy. I know what I'm getting next payday...
Second - @Roger - I'm guessing that they filmed this at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. So - the big question is - which one of you trains and how long have you been at it?

It's georgia and shes been doing it for quite a long time (i think she may even be a teacher) i'm sure but iyou listen to zen and tech then in one of the first one (i think) shes says "and i would do it before i fight" so i think its georgia!

Wow, really? If so, let me just say - Georgia, you can work in my guard any time! ;)
Seriously - how long have you been training?

First of all - cool toy. I know what I'm getting next payday...
Second - @Roger - I'm guessing that they filmed this at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. So - the big question is - which one of you trains and how long have you been at it?

First of all - cool toy. I know what I'm getting next payday...
Second - @Roger - I'm guessing that they filmed this at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. So - the big question is - which one of you trains and how long have you been at it?

Lol watch out rene! Though it would be good kf you actually had a dogfight wi htem rather than just putting vpfilm footage in

Looks kinda cool, but I think the AR Drone is cooler. Unfortunately, the AR Drone is a bazillion dollars, do the price for the iHelicopter is low enough to interest more people.

The dumb thing is these helicopters come with less pieces than the Syma S107 ones on Amazon (because they don't come with a controller because you use your iPhone with an infrared adapter on it) which are $18 and work exactly the same and don't require an iPhone.

Magnificent site. Plenty of useful info here. I'm sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you for your effort!