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iRemoco is a remote control toy helicopter and app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, complete with 3D joysticks and motion control.

Many thanks to all our backers for your support!! If you missed out on our Kickstarter campaign head to iRemoco.com where you can sign up to be notified as soon as iRemoco is available to order. You can also follow us on twitter @iRemoco and onfacebook.com/iRemoco to stay up to speed on our activities.

Hi Kickstarters, thanks for checking out our project! We've spent the last 18 months developing a toy controller for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and now we need your help to get it produced.

iRemoco - What's In the Box

There's also a full-color User Manual in the box, that fits neatly on top.

The iRemoco App - Main Menu

To fly the iRemoco helicopter, you'll need to download and install the free iRemoco App on your iPod touch or iPhone which is available from iTunes. The iPad App is done and will be submitted to iTunes before we ship (you can install the iPhone App on your iPad if you want to check it out anyway).

Below is a screenshot of the iRemoco App's main menu;

The iRemoco App - Control Screen

Below is a screenshot of the joystick control screen, with the throttle joystick on the left. You can swap the position of the joysticks around if you want (under Settings), so the throttle is on the right. This is particularly useful if you want to hold your iPhone or iPod touch in your right-hand when you use motion control.

FAQs

Is iRemoco easy to use and fly?

Yes, very! We have tested our prototypes extensively, to make sure the helicopter behaves impeccably when in the air. It's very easy for beginner pilots to master the basic hover, and the motion control, which utilises the accelerometer inside the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, makes the flying experience fun and intuitive. If you've never flown a remote control helicopter before, this is a perfect way to learn.

Will my iPod touch, iPhone or iPad work with iRemoco?

Yes! We have designed iRemoco to work with all models of iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. 

Compatibility with;
iPod touch 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Gen
iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS & iPhone 4

+ our own extensively tested compatibility with iPad 1 & 2.

Please don't expect iRemoco to work with the iPod Classic, iPod Nano, or iPod shuffle, though! :)

Will iRemoco fit my iPhone/iPod with its case on?

It will fit an iPhone 4 with an Apple bumper case, and we've designed it so there is a gap to accommodate many cases on the market. However, we can’t guarantee it to fit all cases, as there are some very bulky, "military grade", bullet proof cases out there!

Will I need to buy any batteries?

No! The iRemoco Controller and helicopter are both fitted with rechargeable batteries and each box comes with a charger that plugs into a USB socket. You won’t need to charge the controller as often as the helicopter, as it's good for many flights. So, if you pledge for more than one helicopter, you'll be able to keep flying whilst the other helis are charging.

Will iRemoco drain my iPod iPhone battery?

No way! We know how precious your iPhone or iPod battery life is to you, which is why we designed a solution that includes a Controller with its own built-in rechargeable battery which powers the data transmission to the helicopter.

Where can I fly iRemoco?

iRemoco is designed to be flown inside, with a range of up to 10 meters away.

What if I crash my helicopter?

We have looked at this issue carefully and done our best to provide you with one of the most robust and flight-stable helicopters of its type. The helicopter is made with a lightweight metal chassis for extra strength, and the rotors and landing skids are made with an extra flexible plastic to reduce the risk of damage in any crash. Most importantly, we've ensured there's a motor protection system built-in, so if you forget to power-down when you crash, the motors will automatically cut out, preventing any damage to your helicopter that would otherwise occur. If you do damage your rotors, we've included a spare of each rotor type within the box, so you can replace a damaged rotor using a screwdriver. Chances are though, if you're following the advice we give in the User Manual, your helicopter will see another flight, even after falling to the floor or crashing into furniture, etc.

Why is iRemoco better than other infra-red, 3-channel helicopters?

1) Because you can fly it with your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad! And that means having motion control, which is a lot of fun, and takes the flying experience to a new level. It's a very intuitive way to control helicopters. Our innovation isn't so much the helicopter, as the means to fly it. 

2) Also, not only are standard helicopters missing the motion control, their standard controllers often use 6 AA batteries and eat through them in no time. Think of the cost benefit, and environmental benefit in having a single, re-chargeable Controller.

3) That's right, a single Controller - we plan on introducing other toys for your iRemoco Controller, if our project is successful, saving you from having to buy yet another battery-eating controller with each remote control vehicle, or toy. We also plan some iRemoco App updates too, and will feature these in a video update during the project.

I have made a pledge, when will I receive my iRemoco package?

The minute we reach our funding target we'll get cracking, and we're preparing as much as possible in the meantime to manufacture quickly after funding. As you can imagine, there is a lot of work to do in organising the manufacture of this type of product but we will deliver your pledges as fast as we're able, and we pledge to keep you fully updated as we go along. We hope to have the first batch of iRemoco controllers and helicopters ready for dispatch towards the end of June/beginning of July.

Want more than one of the same reward?

Simply enter a multiple of the reward level in the "Pledge Amount" box and select the appropriate rewards. For example, if you want 2 lots of the $99 reward, simply pledge $198 and use the $99 + reward selection. We will then send you 2 lots of the $99 reward. If you're still confused about what to pledge for single or multiple rewards, please send us a message and we'll be happy to help you out.

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  • Pledge $1 or more
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    5 backers

    Although there's no material reward at this pledge level, you get to follow our project updates as a Backer, and be fully appreciated by us as someone who supports our project! If you want to pledge for more than one of the rewards below, you can - please see the FAQ in the main text below about how to do it.

  • Pledge $99 or more
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    139 backers

    For a $99 pledge you are pre-ordering and will receive an iRemoco Controller with a red Kickstarter-Edition, gyro-stabilized helicopter. The bundle includes a USB charging cable, full-color User Manual, and helicopter rotor spares. Also, your name will be listed in the iRemoco App, and the User Manual will include a personalized message signed by myself and Tom. Worldwide shipping is included.

  • Pledge $149 or more
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    38 backers

    For a $149 pledge you are pre-ordering and will receive one iRemoco Controller and two Kickstarter-Edition gyro-stabilized helicopters (one red, one blue). The bundle includes 2 USB charging cables, a full-color User Manual, and helicopter rotor spares for both helicopters. Also, your name will be listed in the iRemoco App, and the User Manual will include a personalized message signed by myself and Tom. Worldwide shipping is included.

  • Pledge $189 or more
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    14 backers

    For a $189 pledge you are pre-ordering and will receive one iRemoco Controller and three Kickstarter-Edition gyro-stabilized helicopters (one red, one blue, one yellow). The bundle includes 3 USB charging cables, a full-color User Manual, plus helicopter rotor spares for all three helicopters. Also, your name will be listed in the iRemoco App, and the User Manual will include a personalized message signed by myself and Tom. Worldwide shipping is included.

  • Pledge $599 or more
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    7 backers

    The iRemoco Gift Pack - for a $599 pledge you are pre-ordering and will receive 6 iRemoco Controllers, 6 red helicopters, plus one blue helicopter and one yellow one - a total of 6 iRemoco Controllers and 8 helicopters. Each helicopter has a Kickstarter-Edition canopy design, and comes with its own box, full-color User Manual, USB charging cable and helicopter rotor spares. Also, your name will be listed in the iRemoco App, and a User Manual will include a personalized message signed by myself and Tom. Worldwide shipping is included.

Funding period

- (30 days)