There are model helicopters, and then there are military unmanned aerial vehicles. The Draganflyer X6 is the first hovering craft that fits right in between. This small helicopter, the first to use six horizontal blades for a stable hover and speedy turns, is designed to supply aerial video to everyone from police to hobbyists. The pilot guides it by handheld controller while wearing video glasses that allow him to see what the chopper sees through a camera attached to a vibration-free mount on the vehicle’s belly. The X6 carries 11 onboard sensors—gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers, GPS and a barometric-pressure sensor—and flies for up to 25 minutes. $15,000; draganfly.com
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