I have talked about Swann on more than one occasion and each time the new product we were talking about has been some sort of surveillance product. The company has a new line of products that have nothing to do with security, and are much more fun than a boring camera or DVR.
Swann has announced a new line of remote control helicopters for indoor use. The line has five offerings that are all based on different types of helicopters. The coolest to me is the Military Thunder copter. It is based on a twin rotor Chinook helicopter and uses a 3-channel IR remote. The copter charges from the remote in less than an hour or via USB. The copter has an 8-minute flight time per charge and sells for $59.
The Micro Lighting is a light and fast little copter that also charges from USB or from the remote and costs the same $59. The Micro Hornet is the smallest and lightest mini helicopter to use a gyro. It has only five minutes of flight per charge thanks to the smaller size.
The Emergency Strike is a copter designed to look like an emergency helicopter. It can fly for ten minutes on a charge and uses USB or the remote to charge. The final copter is the Missile Strike, which can actually fire missiles with the press of buttons on the remote. It will fly for eight minutes on a charge and costs $59. All of these little toys are full function with 3-channel IR remotes that control up/down, left/right, and forward/backwards. They will land in stores like Fry's, J&R music and a lot more places soon.
“We tested the waters last Christmas and at CES in January and found we had an overwhelmingly positive response to the range from consumers and retailers,” said Jeremy Stewart, Swann’s VP Global Marketing. “It’s an interesting move for us in that up until now we have been known as a surveillance business, but we are always looking to develop new and innovative products. The helicopter range is exciting and for pilots of any skill level they are very addictive!” he added.