Voice-Heli: Voice-controlled helicopter from Nikko
by Mark R
While I was at CES, I had a chance to check out Interactive Toy’s Concepts Skeet Shooter and their cool fleet of toy helicopters. They had one that could be controlled with a motion-sensing joystick, but they didn’t have a voice-controlled one like this one from Nikko.
This Nikko remote controlled helicopter can be controlled with the traditional dual stick remote, but its voice command feature knows how to respond to certain vocal commands such as “start engine”, “higher”, “lower”, “hold” and “stop”.
By the way, it also comes with a sensor that knows where the ceiling is, and won’t go any higher. This is quite a relief, because I am sure that many a toy helicopter has bit the dust due to hitting a glass (or some other type of) ceiling.
I can see why the Voice-Heli was nominated for Toy of the Year 2009 in the Netherlands. Considering that it almost won that award last year, I am surprised that it is yet to be available this year.
You can see a demonstration (sort of) on the Nikko site here. The company doesn’t seem to have any sort of price or release date for this guy, which is a real shame. It certainly is a toy that I want flying around in my household.