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Newegg goes live in the UK

Newegg goes live in the UK

Noted North American retailer Newegg has finally opened its doors to the UK, launching a pilot scheme dubbed Newegg Global.


North American retail giant Newegg has finally entered the UK ecommerce market, sending a selection of its products live for delivery to the UK and Australia.

Rumoured back in July last year, the UK pilot is part of the company’s international expansion plans. Although not covering all of its products initially, it’s not exactly small-scale: Newegg has confirmed that several thousand products will be part of the pilot programme, with more due to become available for UK delivery throughout the year.

We’re extending the Newegg customer experience beyond North America, selectively addressing English-speaking countries overseas to begin that process,‘ explained Soren Mills, Newegg’s chief marketing officer. ‘This is an important step forward for our company and we’re taking a very deliberate approach to our international growth.

‘We want to ensure our new international customers have the same great experience our customers in North America have come to expect,’ Mills added. ‘Although the initial selection of products available in the UK and Australia represents only a small subset of the Newegg catalogue, we’ll be greatly increasing the selection in the coming months.

Those interested in trying the company on for size can visit Newegg.com and click Newegg Global banner at the top-left for access to the UK and Australian pages. To limit the products on show to only those valid for international shipping, the ‘Newegg Global Eligible’ filter in each sub-category can be used.

It’s worth noting before ordering, however, that Newegg has no direct UK logistical presence; items ordered through Newegg Global will be shipped from the US to the buyer’s country, with the company’s checkout system estimating the tax and other fees to be paid during customs clearance.

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Restaurant uses parachutes, PayPal to deliver sandwiches

Jaffles

A woman removes the parachute from her just-landed “jaffle,” a toasted sandwich popular in Australia.


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Video screenshot by Michael Franco/CNET)

Waiters are so last century. These days, sushi is flown to your table via a quadcopter and beer is dropped out of the sky from an octocopter. Now, a new pop-up restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, has added another, albeit less high-tech, method of food delivery: sandwiches that parachute several stories down to customers waiting on the street.

The novel nosh drop is the brainchild of David McDonald and Adam Grant, who make the toasted sandwiches, called “jaffles,” after people order and pay for them via PayPal on their Web site. The customers then stand on an “X” on the sidewalk and wait for their meal to drop down like mana from heaven. The locations change, and customers are kept up to date via Facebook. The company is fittingly called Jafflechutes.

The sandwiches are pretty basic — either cheese and ham for $6 AUD ($5.45) or cheese and tomato for $5 AUD — but this restaurant definitely seems to be more about style than substance.

Interestingly, parachute-delivered food could have a real benefit for would-be restauranteurs, as pointed out by Pop-Up City. Storefronts on busy city streets can demand super-steep rents. If chefs can prepare food from lesser-priced spaces higher up in buildings and then just throw it out the window to their customers, they could test out culinary concepts in a much less-expensive way. Plus, there are no pesky waiters to pay or tables to clean up.

At the moment, “Melbourne’s first float-down eatery,” as Jafflechutes terms itself, is taking a break to prepare for a roadshow to New York. So if you happen to be in the Big Apple over the next few months, be sure to keep your eyes on the sky. You just might see a sandwich floating your way. And if you’re in Melbourne, you can help the Jafflechuters create 1,000 new parachutes at its workshop on March 29, where they promise: “There’ll be beer nearby, some tunes, and a full afternoon’s worth of jafflechuting anecdotes (and other tall stories). We’re even working on a way to allow you to be recognised for every parachute that you make!”

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MSI Z87I Gaming AC Review

MSI Z87I Gaming AC Review

Manufacturer: MSI
UK price (as reviewed): £122.88 (inc VAT)
US price (as reviewed): $194.99 (ex TAX)
Preferred Partner Price: £125.84 (inc VAT)

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The Intel Z87 chipset has been a fantastic one for mini-ITX. Asus offered not one but two enthusiast-grade boards in the form of the Maximus VI Impact and Z87i-Pro, while EVGA and Gigabyte have been getting in on the act too with the Z87 Stinger and GA-Z87N-WiFi.

MSI hasn’t been idle either, with the MSI Z87I being the best bet for a budget but overclockable Z87 mini-ITX motherboard. It clearly wasn’t content to just occupy the lower end of the scale, though, and good as the MSI Z87I is, it does lack the wow factor that many of the competition’s boards offer.

So, just as Asus has done for the first time with its ROG brand, MSI has now included a mini-ITX offering in its Gaming series lineup, and if its large siblings are anything to go by the MSI Z87I Gaming AC could certainly set the cat among the pigeons.

The price is the first thing that stands out. At £123, it’s only around £20 more than MSI’s own Z87I and some £40 less than Asus and EVGA’s top offerings. You do actually lose some features in that money saving though. The Z87I Gaming lacks the swanky power circuitry of both Asus boards, although its six phase delivery matches that of the Stinger.

If you’re not up to date with your WiFi standards then the AC in the name may not mean much to you, but it’s essentially referring to the 802.11ac mini PCI-E WiFi card bundled with the board. This is in the form of Intel’s 7260 module with integrated Bluetooth. It’s actually available separately for around £25 and will certainly give a hefty boost over typical 802.11n speeds, at least in raw throughput if not in low latency.

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The Z87I Gaming AC is certainly much better looking than its cheaper sibling too and the heatsinks that are included shouldn’t interfere with any coolers. Layout on the hole is good, although there are a couple of bones to pick here. The 8-pin EPS12V connector is in a pretty awkward place right behind the mosfet heatsink. The SATA ports too are effectively at the top of the motherboard – a slightly bizarre choice, although in many mini-ITX cases with a horizontal motherboard mount such as the BitFenix Prodigy, this isn’t too much of an issue – in fact in the Prodigy they rest right next to the two side 2.5in mounts.

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Other issues are the 24-pin ATX connector and USB 3.0 header which, like the SATA ports, sit at the top of the motherboard – again how much of a pain this is will depend on your case but in a tower case with the PSU at the bottom and motherboard mounted vertically, you’ll just have to hope you can hide the PSU cable. Compared to other mini-ITX motherboards the CPU socket is placed very low indeed so CPU coolers that are particularly wide might have issues too.

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Aside from the 802.11ac WiFi adaptor, there are a couple of other notable features. The small ALC 1150 audio chip is actually isolated from the rest of the motherboard and also features a 600ohm headphone amplifier. Also, if you already own an MSI Gaming graphics card, slotting one in to the Z87I Gaming will unlock power limitations when overclocking via a feature called VGA Boost. Another thing we noticed in the specifications is that there’s a 16GB memory limit – not likely to be an issue seeing as this should be ample for the average life of a motherboard bought now anyway but EVGA’s Stinger and Asus’ Maximus VI Impact do support 32GB if this is an issue for you.

Specifications

  • Chipset Intel Z87
  • CPU support LGA1150 compatible
  • Memory support 2 slots: max 16GB
  • Sound 8-channel Realtek ALC1150
  • Networking Killer E2205 Gigabit, Intel 7260 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Ports 5 x SATA 6Gbps via Intel Z87 1 x eSATA 6Gbps, 6 x USB 3.0 (2 x via header), 4 x USB 2.0 ( 2 x via header), 1 x LAN, audio out, line in, mic, Optical S/PDIF out, HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, half-height mini PCI-E
  • Dimensions (mm) 170 x 170 (mini-ITX)
  • Extras WiFi Antennas

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MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards

MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards

There are three new Gaming-branded motherboards from MSI – Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7


MSI has released photos and information about a new range of Gaming-branded motherboards, we suspect might use Intel’s forthcoming Z97 chipset.

The company wouldn’t confirm if the boards do indeed sport the new chipset, but did say that there will be plenty of new features. In addition, there appear to be three tiers in the range too – Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 – possibly mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX motherboard designations or simply tiers for enthusiast and extreme models.

The new motherboards will come equipped with a PCI-E SATA-Express card, which will offer up to 10Gbps bandwidth (that’s up from 6Gbps on the fastest current on-board SATA ports). Also present will be the new M2 storage standard that has already appeared on some of Asus’ ROG boards, again offering up to 10Gbps bandwidth.

USB Audio Power is a feature that’s already available on one of MSI’s latest Gaming motherboards, the Z87i Gaming AC, but makes a range-wide introduction, allowing stable 5V power delivery to improve the use of USB headsets and DACs.

XSplit Gamecaster also makes an appearance and allows you to record and stream your gameplay over the Internet. It requires a license but you can use it for free for six months with every MSI Gaming motherboard purchase.

We’ll have to wait and see if the new motherboards are indeed some of the first we’ve seen to house the Z97 chipset and details are still scarce about what additional features it offers over Z87 too. For now, we’ve the images from MSI to show you below, which do at least prove one thing: if you like your PC components black you’re in for a treat.

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MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards *MSI Details New Gaming Motherboard Range MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards *MSI Details New Gaming Motherboard Range

MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards *MSI Details New Gaming Motherboard Range MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards *MSI Details New Gaming Motherboard Range

MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards *MSI Details New Gaming Motherboard Range MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards *MSI Details New Gaming Motherboard Range

MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards *MSI Details New Gaming Motherboard Range MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards *MSI Details New Gaming Motherboard Range

MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards *MSI Details New Gaming Motherboard Range MSI teases Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 motherboards *MSI Details New Gaming Motherboard Range

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Will crowdfunded NY-to-SF dating airlift face rocky landing?

As a single lady living in San Francisco for more than 18 years, I can say with expert-level knowledge that dating in San Francisco isn’t easy.

I’ve had plenty of dismal dates with wannabe indie rock stars, crazy artists, money-obsessed biz-dev dudes, clueless Glassholes, smug hipsters, and even a guy who insisted on wearing a cape (and not in a sexy cosplay way) everywhere we went. I’ve had longer relationships, and more reliable ones, with my local pizza delivery guys. I’ve always thought San Francisco is one of the hardest cities for a single gal to find Mr. Right. Too many of us settle for Mr. Good Enough.

But according to The Dating Ring Crowdtilt Campaign, there are more datable straight guys here in San Francisco than in New York City. And there are supposedly more available single gals looking for serious relationships in New York.


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Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET)

Because of this single-guy-to-girl ratio, The Dating Ring wants to play cross-country Cupid with those hoping to catch a few love arrows by bringing a planeload of New York ladies to the Bay Area.

“It would be amazing if there was a plane of amazing women that were flying out to San Francisco to meet guys, myself included, I think that would be a lot of fun,” says one eager San Francisco bachelor in The Dating Ring video.

And, “I feel like a different coast would give me a different perspective,” a New York woman is shown saying.

For the New York City women, each $20 donation earns them a chance to be selected to win a free flight to San Francisco. (Not a guarantee…a chance!) For $500, an NYC lady gets a flight to San Francisco, three dates, a private cocktail party, and a large bash in her honor. For $1,000, she gets the same but also housing. And for a whopping $1,250, the lucky lady gets everything mentioned plus three 30-minute matchmaking and dating coaching Skype sessions with a Dating Ring matchmaker.

For the San Francisco men, $20 buys them a ticket to the San Francisco Memorial Day bash that all the New York women will be attending. For $100, they get a ticket to both the bash and the cocktail party. And for $350, three 30-minute matchmaking Skype sessions as well as tickets to both parties.

All funds collected for The Dating Ring Crowdtilt Campaign (excluding direct purchase of the $500 flight or $1,000 flight and hotel) will go toward sponsoring free trips for additional NYC women.

So let’s say a bicoastal love connection is made, then what should the potential couple do? “They can fill their next few months with romantic Skype dates, text messages, and cross-country trips, and perhaps even one day have an epic thumb war to determine where they settle down with two kids and a dog,” The Dating Ring’s FAQ states.

“If someone had tried to convince me to move to the Bay Area to improve my dating odds a few months ago, I probably would’ve balked at the idea,” Lauren Kay, CEO of The Dating Ring, said in The Huffington Post. “But after meeting hundreds of single people in both cities, skipping the unending winter-2014 blizzard for weeks of 70-degree weather and experiencing firsthand the effect of the gender imbalance in both cities, I don’t think it’s that far-fetched of an idea. There are great career opportunities and restaurants and people in both cities. If your job is mobile, and you’ve lived in one city for a while with no dating success…well, it can’t hurt to try a new city out. So why not let fate in a city with better odds have another go-around at this crazy thing called love?”

It may sound unlikely, but the Crowdtilt page has already raised $3,280. However, New York women looking for the same kind of good-looking, successful, ambitious men in San Francisco might be in for a shock when they discover…those men are indeed here, but they are also just as picky and flippant as their counterparts in the East Coast. Or worse.

The Bay Area is full of eligible bachelors, it’s true; however, many of them just don’t have the time to put into the dating scene. Many men at tech companies are constantly under looming deadlines and keep crazy work hours. Not all companies encourage a social life. Work hard, then socialize when you have a spare moment, that’s the ethos.

Universal truths
And then there’s that pesky “Peter Pan” problem. How can women find a grown-up man — if that’s what they’re looking for — when many startups and tech companies make a point of offering ping-pong tables, video games, Nerf guns, and every toy anyone could ever want? Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But when guys are encouraged to act like they are still in college, they may not think in terms of moving on to stages of life such as settling down, marriage, and the two kids and a dog Kay talked about.

Then again, we can’t just blame the lads. And can we really blame San Francisco? Cities do have different cultures, but some things are universal. Why gamble on a crowdsourcing venture or fly across the country just to have the same problems?

The truth is, women are just as picky as men. And that’s the problem. Letting go of perfection and giving guys we wouldn’t normally date a chance is key. If you only date hedge fund guys, why not try going on a date with a guy who runs your favorite food truck? Instead of chasing after lawyers at trendy bars, try flirting with the guy you see reading “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay” on your Muni commute to work. Give others the chance to prove that love exists in every city, no matter the guy-girl ratio.

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Doc Brown finally admits Funny or Die hoverboard video is fake

Funny or Die should at least give out those hats.


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Screenshot by Nick Statt/CNET)

To everyone’s dismay, the future has not actually arrived. Folks, hoverboards are not real.

At long last, actor Christopher Lloyd of “Back to the Future” fame conceded Wednesday in a Funny or Die apology video that the strange and still confounding online viral campaign promoting a working hoverboard was indeed a hoax, throwing in the towel on what has been a drawn out, exhaustive social-media time suck for the last 24 hours.

HUVr, the company purported to be behind the groundbreaking new technology, is fake, as are its “Back to the Future”-inspired hoverboards. The effort — seemingly concocted by Funny or Die and aggressively pushed on Facebook using the likes of Tony Hawk, Terrell Owens, and others — has now come to a somber end. What we’re left with is nothing but a deep sense of disappointment that hoverboards are nowhere near real, and an even deeper sense of shame that we spent time debunking this instead of, you know, becoming physicists specializing in superconductivity.

Lloyd at least approached the admission with a sense of humor. “Hey there hoverheads,” he says, wearing a fantastic purple HUVr promotional hat that one can only hope surfaces on eBay soon. “Those rascals over at Funny or Die tricked you and me both into thinking hoverboards were real,” he adds, appending a list of “tricked” synonyms including “flimflammed” and “hoverduped,” which is now a necessary addition to modern vernacular. He proceeds with a semi-sincere apology for leading people on, to overtly dramatic background music.


Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q was one of many celebrities to participate in the HUVr hoax. Here he is in a self-aware parody photo posted to the company’s Facebook page.


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Funny or Die)

The original HUVr product teaser, which went up on YouTube on Monday accompanied by a decently well-made company Web site, quickly went viral as online news outlets began writing about it and its questionable veracity. It was easy to pick the video apart: Internet sleuths spotted shadows of cranes, deduced mathematical discrepancies with the hoverboard’s tech specs, and surfaced the portfolio Web sites of nonfamous actors and production crew members involved with the video.

Still, HUVr kept up the act, taking to its increasingly popular Facebook page, now at 112,000 likes, to assert that its product was in fact real. Though as the attention mounted, whoever was in charge of the social-media efforts either became bored or was told to have some fun with it, because the page began posting self-aware gems that perpetuated a quasi-naive understanding of the Web.

There’s still no explanation for why Funny or Die, or any of the multiple celebrities involved, got together to make the video. Is it evidence of the existence of “Back to the Future Part IV”? A viral ad campaign for the new Tony Hawk mobile game? Or a Nike-influenced plug for the company’s upcoming self-tying shoes? We don’t know right now, and it’s highly unlikely anyone will really care if and when we do find out.


One lucky Facebook commenter who feels compelled to own a piece of this disappointing Web history can attempt to win the above, non-functioning hoverboard.


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Screenshot by Nick Statt)

Lloyd did close out his apology with some good news. A lucky Facebook user will get the chance to win a signed hoverboard used in the video — specifically the 1980s pink one stylized after Marty McFly’s “Back to the Future Part II” hoverboard. Apparently, the video will soon be posted to the HUVr Facebook page where a commenter on the post will be chosen to receive the prize. Lloyd didn’t disclose how the winner will be picked.

“This belongs to the people…at the very least, one person will be happy after so many of you have been sad,” Lloyd says. “Part of me is happy about my involvement. Because if we inspire one person to get into the hover sciences, I consider that a victory. Here’s to hoverboards being actually real one day. Go, do it! Make it happen! For all of us.”

At least Doc Brown is right about one thing: Hover sciences are the next frontier for humanity. Let’s all use this as a lesson and get to work revolutionizing transportation, most importantly pizza delivery.

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13-year-old builds working nuclear fusion reactor

Jamie Edwards

Jamie Edwards poses with his nuclear fusion reactor.


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Jamie’s Fusion Project)

Not many 13-year-olds would describe themselves as an “amateur nuclear scientist.” That’s precisely what Jamie Edwards calls himself. When most kids his age are off playing video games, Edwards stays late after school to work on a control panel for a nuclear fusion reactor. He just reached his goal of becoming the youngest “fusioneer” in history, narrowly beating out the previous record-holder, who pulled it off at 14.

Last year, Edwards made a presentation requesting funding to build a nuclear fusion reactor, and his school, Penwortham Priory Academy, granted him a $3,350 budget to make the project happen. Let’s just take a moment to savor the sheer awesomeness of that. How many schools do you know would give money to a teenager to dabble in nuclear science?

It takes quite a few specialty parts to build a reactor. Edwards had to order a vacuum chamber, vacuum pump, tungsten wire, an aluminum rod, and valves, among other supplies. One of the biggest challenges was tracking down and sealing leaks in the vacuum chamber. He also had to attend a radiation safety course before putting the reactor into operation.

Edwards has been keeping a blog during the project’s development. He says his teachers started to get worried when a canister of deuterium (also known as heavy hydrogen) showed up via special delivery.

The ultimate goal was to smash together two hydrogen atoms to create helium through nuclear fusion. And Edwards pulled it off. BBC News was on hand to film the experiment’s success, to which an excited Edwards said, “I can’t believe it!”

Edwards’ science project should become the envy of schoolkids everywhere, raising the bar for what young teens can pull off. All those baking soda volcano projects pretty much pale in comparison to a working fusion reactor. The science-fair gauntlet has been thrown down, and it’s a doozy.

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RC helicopters appear to take off with woman in tow

HULC modified RC helicopter

This may be the strongest RC helicopter in the world.


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HeliGraphix)

We’ve seen quite a few unusual uses for drones in the past year, including everything from pizza drops to Amazon deliveries. But what if you could deliver a whole person? It might not be that much of a stretch if a video showing two RC helicopters lifting a woman off the ground is real.

German group HeliGraphix specializes in using RC helicopters for filming and stunts. The group’s HULC (Heavy Ultra-Lifter Crane) project took two Gaui X7 helicopters and upgraded the equipment to handle more weight, enough to lift a person. Lady Gaga required a massive flying contraption to achieve the same effect the two relatively small copters recently pulled off.

According to HeliGraphix, the total payload, including the weight of the helicopters, cameras, mounts, and the woman herself, totaled 124 pounds. There was some debate about whether or not to make the attempt with the heavy go-go boots as part of the costume, but the boots won out. It didn’t seem to put a damper on the choppers’ lifting prowess.

HeliGraphix spent four months and nearly $14,000 on developing the project. There is a trade-off to feeding that much power through an RC helicopter. The batteries are drained after just 40 seconds of flight. That means we won’t be seeing Amazon drafting these for furniture delivery anytime soon.

The video evidence will likely result in a lot of people saying, “That’s fake!” However, RC specialist sites and Gaui, the maker of the helicopters, aren’t questioning the feat, and HeliGraphix insists it’s real. The group has painstakingly documented the upgrades, adding to the believability of the stunt.

(Via Reddit)

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RC helicopters appear to take off with woman in tow

HULC modified RC helicopter

This may be the strongest RC helicopter in the world.


(Credit:
HeliGraphix)

We’ve seen quite a few unusual uses for drones in the past year, including everything from pizza drops to Amazon deliveries. But what if you could deliver a whole person? It might not be that much of a stretch if a video showing two RC helicopters lifting a woman off the ground is real.

German group HeliGraphix specializes in using RC helicopters for filming and stunts. The group’s HULC (Heavy Ultra-Lifter Crane) project took two Gaui X7 helicopters and upgraded the equipment to handle more weight, enough to lift a person. Lady Gaga required a massive flying contraption to achieve the same effect the two relatively small copters recently pulled off.

According to HeliGraphix, the total payload, including the weight of the helicopters, cameras, mounts, and the woman herself, totaled 124 pounds. There was some debate about whether or not to make the attempt with the heavy go-go boots as part of the costume, but the boots won out. It didn’t seem to put a damper on the choppers’ lifting prowess.

HeliGraphix spent four months and nearly $14,000 on developing the project. There is a trade-off to feeding that much power through an RC helicopter. The batteries are drained after just 40 seconds of flight. That means we won’t be seeing Amazon drafting these for furniture delivery anytime soon.

The video evidence will likely result in a lot of people saying, “That’s fake!” However, RC specialist sites and Gaui, the maker of the helicopters, aren’t questioning the feat, and HeliGraphix insists it’s real. The group has painstakingly documented the upgrades, adding to the believability of the stunt.

(Via Reddit)

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RC helicopters appear to take off with woman in tow

HULC modified RC helicopter

This may be the strongest RC helicopter in the world.


(Credit:
HeliGraphix)

We’ve seen quite a few unusual uses for drones in the past year, including everything from pizza drops to Amazon deliveries. But what if you could deliver a whole person? It might not be that much of a stretch if a video showing two RC helicopters lifting a woman off the ground is real.

German group HeliGraphix specializes in using RC helicopters for filming and stunts. The group’s HULC (Heavy Ultra-Lifter Crane) project took two Gaui X7 helicopters and upgraded the equipment to handle more weight, enough to lift a person. Lady Gaga required a massive flying contraption to achieve the same effect the two relatively small copters recently pulled off.

According to HeliGraphix, the total payload, including the weight of the helicopters, cameras, mounts, and the woman herself, totaled 124 pounds. There was some debate about whether or not to make the attempt with the heavy go-go boots as part of the costume, but the boots won out. It didn’t seem to put a damper on the choppers’ lifting prowess.

HeliGraphix spent four months and nearly $14,000 on developing the project. There is a trade-off to feeding that much power through an RC helicopter. The batteries are drained after just 40 seconds of flight. That means we won’t be seeing Amazon drafting these for furniture delivery anytime soon.

The video evidence will likely result in a lot of people saying, “That’s fake!” However, RC specialist sites and Gaui, the maker of the helicopters, aren’t questioning the feat, and HeliGraphix insists it’s real. The group has painstakingly documented the upgrades, adding to the believability of the stunt.

(Via Reddit)

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