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Imagine playing a helicopter combat simulator on your phone. Imagine it with crazy-realistic graphics. Now imagine that it’s no simulation — you’re controlling a helicopter over wifi! The imaginary subset of what you were imagining was in fact not imaginary. Mind blown.

If Santa told you you could have anything in the world except a Nexus S, easy decision bro, just give Santa the URL for this article. And maybe take some Thorazine just in case that was a hallucination – or let it ride because that’s a good trip now that I think about it, discussing things with Santa, especially if you have a shot at getting the Nexus S. Which begs the question, what if you delusionally (yet prudently) asked a hallucinated Santa for some antipsychotics in a psychotic state and took them, would they work (at least within your fantasy world)? Bet they didn’t cover that in Inception, chief.

Returning to Earth, dig this, I’mma hit you with some insane Youtube action:

It’s one of those RC quadricopters (no, it doesn’t look like Airwolf) with a drone twist, juiced up with some autonomous functions like making it easier for you to fly if you suck at flying, to hover or land if you lose the connection. Altimeter, yaw precision gyroscopes and whatever for that stability stuff. Indoors and out, can handle light wind like it’s nobody’s business. Two cameras, one in front, one below, perfect for antagonizing TSA employees and for innocently looking around military facilities, Indonesian prison yards and nude beaches. Also, for seeing what happens if you to the other side of the Korean DMZ. Name a better way to do that than with this thing. You can’t. You can’t do it. Sucka.

For whatever reason it has 128MB of DDR RAM, an ARM9 RISC processor at 468MHz (no word from xda yet on overclocking…), a USB socket and guess what, it runs Linux. You and your rich buddies can buy several, put different color hulls on them and play augmented reality laser tag in your apartment or dorm room. I’m serious.

Also works on iPod Touches and iPads. No Apple device? Hang in there boss, other platform support (Android obviously) is on the way. They’re going for $300 on Amazon (I know, ouch), though, hey, the app is free. Set up a VPN and fly the remote controlled chopper even more remotely for extra nerd points.

Doug Simmons, via Geeky Gadgets