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iHelicopters remote controlled insects

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iHelicopter insects 1iPhone-Controlled Beetle and iPhone-Controlled Bug are robotic insects, remote-controlled through an iPhone app. The 7,5 cm long mini-robots roam around on six legs looking deceptively like real crawling (rather large) insects.

iHelicopters continues their line of iDevice controlled robots (iHelicopter, iUFO, iSpyTank) with insects. There are two insects to choose from: the Beetle (pictured) and the cockroach-like Bug. Measuring roughly 7,5 cm long and wide, and little less than 3 cm tall when including the legs, the bugs could really fool a human being with their lifelike movements, legs moving rapidly back and forth. Still, while the manufacturer is called iHelicopters, neither of the bugs can fly. Both insects feature up to 6 meter control range via infrared transmitter and are charged via USB. Operating times are estimated at 20 minutes with one charge.

To get going, the users also need to install the free i-Robot app (on any Apple smart device). The iPhone-Controlled Beetle and iPhone-Controlled Bug are $39.95 each, and available in the Insects section of iHelicopters.net.


Author: Heikki Tyni

Heikki Tyni is a researcher at Tampere University Game Research Lab. His work concentrates on the game industry, and specifically on game production studies.

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