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Swann Sends In The Drones

Santa Fe Springs, Calif. — Swann Security is usually known as a supplier of video-security systems for the home and business, but its latest offering puts it squarely into NSA territory if your kids are so inclined.

Swann unveiled this week the Xtreem QuadForce Video drone, an RC helicopter with onboard color video camera  that the company is positioning as a high-tech toy.

The QuadForce is now available at an $89.99 suggested retail through Fry’s Electronics and other locations. It uses 2.4GHz wireless frequency, which is said to afford a stronger control signal indoors and outdoors.

“We decided to change things up a bit by launching the new Xtreem range of remote-controlled toys,” said Jeremy Stewart, Swann marketing VP. “Our team of driven, committed and creative engineers worked endlessly to design the QuadForce. It’s the perfect toy for anyone looking to graduate from a traditional RC helicopter to something more challenging.”

QuadForce is designed to fly in any direction using a four-axis, lightweight and durable construction. The Drone’s 2.4GHz frequency allows it to fly up to 330 feet for a 360-degree flying experience.

Video files can be stored to an onboard MicroSD card located in the chopper’s undercarriage.

QuadForce records video in up to 720p HD resolution. AVI (MJPEG) videos and JPEG still images can be easily transferred to share on such sites as YouTube and Vimeo.

The Swann QuadForce uses four alkaline AA batteries for the remote control. The drone’s battery charges via an included USB cable and carries eight minutes of flight time per charge.