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Swann Offers Palm-Sized Flying Fun

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CALIF. — Swann is now offering one of the smallest remote-controlled helicopters on the market, the Xtreem Atom Mini Drone, which weighs in at less than half an ounce with rotor diameters of just 1.25 inches.

The tiny size allows for greater speed and superior maneuverability, the company said.

Aimed at kids and first-time pilots, Xtreem’s Easy-Fly Gyro technology helps keep the drone stable at all times. The drone uses an IR signal to communicate with the aircraft yoke-based remote control, which adds joysticks and trim control for eightway multi-dimensional control including up, down, forward, backward, left and right. In addition, the drone can do back and front flips at the touch of a button.

The rechargeable lithium-poly battery in the helicopter provides up to four minutes of continuous flight time, and the remote control is powered by four AA batteries (not included). The RC helicopter can be recharged via the remote control or by plugging it into any USB device.

The drone’s 2.4GHz frequency allows it to fly up to 100 feet.

It is currently available at Fry’s for $39.99.