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iPhone-controlled SmartPlane launches

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German company TobyRich has created what it claims is the world's first smartphone-controlled RC plane.

The SmartPlane is made from lightweight polypropelene, and comes with a propeller and engine inside its nose, powered by a lithium polymer battery that charges via USB.

TobyRich's iOS-powered SmartPlane

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TobyRich's iOS-powered SmartPlane



A smartphone app for iOS devices is used to control the SmartPlane, but the drone's use of Bluetooth means that it is not currently compatible with Android tablets and smartphones, as this form of connectivity varies across devices.

The iOS application, which works across a distance of up to 200 feet, uses tilt controls and provides the user with an array of gauges displaying flight data.

Several similar products, such as the Parrot's AR Drone 2.0 quadrocopter, have appeared on the market, but TobyRich claims that the SmartPlane is the first RC plane to feature app-based controls.

The SmartPlane is available to order from TobyRich's website for €69 (£58) plus shipping costs.

Watch a video introducing the SmartPlane below:

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