It’s true that I tend to obsess about little hobby widgets. But this one is just too cool for words. A company in Norway called ProxFlyer
has been developing tiny radio controlled helicopters for a few years now. More recently, they licensed some of the technology to a company called Interactive Toy Concepts which manufactured a toy for sale through Radio Shack last year. I tried to get one last year but they had sold out way before Christmas. Well, now they’ve outdone themselves. Check out their latest effort, the PicoFlyer.
Here are the stats from the ProxFlyer page:
Key specifications, components and materials used to build the small Picoflyer:
60 mm diameter (2 contra rotating 4-bladed rotors)
Carbon rod 0.3 mm and 0.5 mm from WES-Technik
Aramid 30 g/m2 fabric from CST, foam tape hinges
72 mm long, 0.08 mm carbon plate, 0.3 mm rod,
1.5 x 0.2 mm tube, brass bearings 0.7 mm from Didel
4 x 8 mm, 11 ohm from Didel (2x)
Plastic gears, module 0.2 from Didel (6.7 : 1)
2.8 x 6 mm, 25 ohm from Shicoh, 0.16 grams
1 x 3.7 V, 30 mAh Didel cell, 0.86 grams
3 channels custom Plantraco 900 MHz radio control
Atmel ATtiny26L with 3 x ESC
Yaw control by differential speed of rotors
Tail motor used for forward horizontal flight
3.3 grams (incl. battery and control)
Up to 1 minute, (0.5 minute continues)
Sadly, this one-off prototype isn’t for sale, but you can get a slightly larger version manufactured by ITC
at Radio Shack
. Get ’em while they last. I’m ordering a bunch for all my nerd friends. And I might keep one for my four-year-old. Of course I’ll have to help her learn how to fly it! Oh, and then I might also need another one for all the nifty little parts I could use on other projects….
Here’s a video of the little copter in action.
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