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July 5, 2007

World's First Remote-Controlled Dragonfly


Okay, so it's not smartdust but hey – one small flap for insectkind, what?

From the website:

    World's First Remote-Controlled Dragonfly

    Winner of the Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice Award at the Consumer Electronics Show, this remote-controlled ornithopter replicates the rhythmic flapping and flight pattern of a dragonfly to stay aloft without the use of propellers or gas engines.

    The device has four Mylar wings that flap 500 times per minute, generating enough lift to send the ornithopter up to 50 feet in the air.

    The remote control has two toggle sticks and a trim dial that provide precise control as the ornithopter flutters, soars, dives, and glides indoors or outside.

    The durable carbon fiber body can withstand turbulent landings.

    The device has a beginner mode for basic flying and an expert mode that allows hairpin turns and aerobatics, and the ornithopter can be launched from flat ground or by hand.

    Unit recharges via connection to remote control and runs for 10 minutes after a 20-minute charge.

    Dragonfly measures 4.5"H x 16.5"W x 12.5"L.

    Remote requires six AA batteries.

    Includes rechargeable battery.

    For ages 8 and older.


Our motto: "Ain't it great to be 8?"



I must say that I am blown away by the fact that such sophisticated technology is available for a relative pittance.

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I have one Joe. It's not that great, but good for the price. Makes a cool noise.

Posted by: Fred | Jul 5, 2007 11:26:01 PM

In my experience, flying those things accurately takes a LOT of practice. But your cat(s) will thank you for it.

Posted by: Flautist | Jul 5, 2007 1:21:58 PM

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