Make your own UAV spy device on the cheap

RC plane camera from China lets you convert your remote-controlled aircraft into an overhead spy camera. Watch out neighborhood.

RC plane camera
Watch out neighborhood (click to enlarge). Chinavasion

Wholesale gadget site Chinavasion has a product called the RC plane camera that will let you convert your remote-controlled aircraft into an overhead spy camera.

This cylindrical device attaches to your hobby airplane or helicopter and lets you shoot VGA-quality video or photos at 1,280x960 resolution. It probably won't give you the quality military unmanned aerial vehicles are capable of, but hey, capturing aerial views of your neighborhood is still pretty cool.

Why spend money on something like that when almost everyone owns a regular compact digicam? Well, a Canon Ixus or Sony Cyber-shot, however small, will still weigh about 3.5 ounces. This RC plane camera is less than a tenth of an ounce even with the mount factored in, so it's more likely your plane will be able to take off compared with a tacked-on point-and-shoot. Furthermore, you wouldn't want to risk damaging your $200 digicam in case of a crash landing.

The RC plane camera is available for $47.10 and ships internationally from China.

(Source: Crave Asia)

 

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