iPhone/Android Control for the Syma S107

Okay, this is sweet.

For a while now I’ve been thinking how cool it would be if I could come up with a way to modify the transmitter for the S107 so that it could receive commands from an Android or iOS device.  Then you could use your mobile phone, iPod Touch or even an iPad to control the S107.

I never got around to doing this, but there is now a device that accomplishes the same thing in a much slicker way.

They’re calling it the i-Copter. It’s a small device that plugs into the headphone jack on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or android device and controls the S107 directly.

         

You can download the  application for free from the iTunes App Store or the Android Market depending on what type of device you have. The app displays some controls similar to a traditional transmitter. It has a left stick for throttle and right stick for forward/backward, yaw right/yaw left control. Below is an image that RC-Fever has laid out to point out the controls on the app.

I imagine that it would be a little difficult to fly this way on a touch screen with no tactile feedback. But that’s where the next feature comes in. See that little gyro icon in the top left corner? When you tap that, the app will use the accelerometer to control the S107 instead of the right and left sticks. So now you control your helicopter by tilting your phone or tablet. Very cool. You can see this feature demonstrated in the video below at the 52 second mark.

You can snag one of these for about $36 from RC-Fever in either Red or Yellow. Amazon has them too in either Red or Blue, but they are a bit more expensive at $45.

 

 

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