January 23rd 2013

Unusal Flying Machines and Technology

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Flight has been one of them things that have always intrigued mankind. Birds besides chickens, ostriches, emus as well as big bird from Sesame Street and some insects have the ability to fly and we humans have felt left out. Many years we try to understand the technique of how to fly but it wasn’t until the Wright brothers that the first aircraft was designed and successful in taking off and flying. Since then a vast range of aircrafts have been designed and created. Over the years, especially the during early development there were some insane and crazy designs, with some not even making it off the drawing boards. Here is a look at some of the whacky however interesting concepts.

The above was known as a De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle flying platform, designed to carry one soldier to reconnaissance missions. During 1954 when this machine was created, the US was heavily involved in the Cold War against the USSR and everything was considered during the technology arms race. I can imagine these things were a bit pricey to be used for just one soldier.

This unique design as show above was developed in 1959 was the Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar. This piece of technology was a VTOL disk-shaped aircraft developed as part of a secret U.S. military project. I can imagine that those unsuspecting rednecks in the southern portion of Nevada might have been on to something when they saw this thing being tested over the desert.

The above is Russia’s attempt during the 1970s as they were trying to match the West, and they came up with this vertical take-off amphibious aircraft known as the Bartini Beriev VVA-14. The Soviets came up with some impressive and large aircraft and this was one of the unique ones.

There are more interesting and exceptional designed aircrafts at this link.

As we all known it doesn’t have to be a big aircraft to fly, but learning to fly and getting the license can be time consuming and very costly. An alternative could be remote control. At Chinavasion we have some unique ‘aircraft’ technology of our own, well actually a couple of choppers. You won’t be able to get in and enjoy the view although you will be able to control them via your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Here is what Chinavasion has in our hanger.

Controlled using your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, the iHelicopter is the world’s coolest RC helicopter. Even before you start it, just by holding it in your hand you will love it. Meticulously crafted with stainless steel, the skeleton is robust to withstand even heavy falls on marble floor from ceiling height. Covered with white-painted acrylic, the body is streamlined and beautiful. The iHelicopter is a true thing of beauty, just like the iDevices which you use to control it.

Flying the iHelicopter is easy and a lot of fun. All you need to do is download the free controller App from the App Store and plug in the transmitter. The App features a band selection (A/B/C) which makes it possible to have 3 iHelicopters flying in the same area. You can use the app to perform a variety of movement, including left/right rotation, forward/back, hover and land.

The Apache iHelicopter is compatible with all models of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and the following Android Phones: HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible S, HTC Wild Fire, HTC Wild Fire S, HTC Hero, HTC Sensation, Samsung 9100, Samsung i9000, Moto MB525, and LG P350.

Like the other iHelicopter it is easy to use, just by downloading the free controller App from the App Store or Android Market and plug in the transmitter. The App features a band selection (A/B/C) which makes it possible to have 3 Apache iHelicopters flying in the same area.

For those that have a fear of heights or are not really into flying then Chinavasion does have an alternative. The iRobot is a cute little Two-Wheel robot controlled with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It combines infrared control technology with steam punk design thanks to its exposed internal gears and working. The iRobot receives command signal from your idevice then perform various movement including left/right turn, backward/forward, or acceleration. It’s a toy that kids or you can play with for hours.

The iRobot is made with hardened acrylic and robustly built. The outer and internal wheels are in white color, while the body of the robot is transparent. When turned on, the eyes of the iRobot will light up in soft blue LED light, adding to the iRobot the mysterious touch of an Alien. It’s a futuristic two-wheel robot for your kids to explore the outer space.

All of the mention devices are great novelty gadgets to be bought and used or even to sell in your online store. If you are and Apple user or an Android fan, there is something for everyone at Chinavasion. These products are only a tip of the iceberg when it comes to mobile device use technology that is available at wholesale price. Brought to you by the leader in the latest electronic gadgets and RC products, Chinavasion.

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