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iPhly lets you fly R/C airplanes and drive R/C cars from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Both the hardware and the software are open source.
iPhly lets you fly R/C airplanes and drive R/C cars from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Both the hardware and the software are open source.
99 backers pledged $16,918 to help bring this project to life.

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iPhly brings iPhone's powerful CPU, multi-GB storage, full-color touchscreen and more to the R/C enthusiast. It's all in the wrist. Roll the phone to roll (or steer). Tilt down to pitch down. Swipe up to throttle up. Swipe side-to-side to yaw.

You can store as many model memories as you like. You can give them long names. You can photograph your models using the iPhone's camera. Seven-segment displays are so last century.

iPhly uses standard, Futaba-style frequency modules. It works with the receivers you already own. Our testing confirms that Spektrum, Futaba, HiTec, FrySky, Corona and other modules work with iPhly. There is nothing to change on the airplane or car.

To get yourself comfortable with iPhly, you can connect it to the "buddy-box" input on a traditional TX and have another pilot stand buy and take over in case of trouble. You can also plug iPhly into your PC and practice in the safety of your favorite flight simulator.

iPhly app is already in the app store. The hardware design is complete. Multiple individuals have built the hardware from plans and are routinely flying with it. We have injection molds and PCB masks ready. A manufacturer is standing by to produce the first batch.

Your pre-orders go directly to producing the hardware.

More videos, source code and schematics at http://www.iphly.org.

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    Your name appears in the credits page in the iPhly app and on iPhly.org.

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    Trainer cord. Connects an iPhone to your regular transmitter. iPhone is the student, TX is the teacher. Lets you practice iPhlying with a safety pilot--or introduce your friends to iPhlying without the risk of them flying an unfamiliar system. Incorporates amplifier circuit appropriate to your TX. Your name appears in the credits page in the iPhly app and on iPhly.org ($20 KS special; MSRP: $27.95) International orders add $10. Please specify make and model of your TX when we contact you for fulfillment details.

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    iPhly transmitter. You get the first iPhlies to roll off the production line. You get to be the talk of your club--and an extra opportunity to show off your hardware. Your name appears in the credits page in the iPhly app and on iPhly.org ($70 KS special; MSRP: $106.95) International orders add $15.

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    iPhly transmitter+2.4GHz module+receiver. If you want to get on the cutting edge of R/C but don't own a compatible RF module, this package combines an iPhly with a FrSky RF module and matching receiver. Additionally, your name appears in the credits page in the iPhly app and on iPhly.org. International orders add $15.

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