Remote Control Helicopter

by Marcel 16 March 2011

Remote Control Helicopter

Ever since I got the original Picooz remote control helicopter a few years ago I've been hooked. For indoor remote control fun, nothing beats a remote control helicopter.

In my opinion, one of the best indoor Helicopters is the 'Swift Infrared Control Helicopter Toy' from Focal Price. After getting my first one I was pleasantly surprised by the stability and reactivenes of this little machine, due to the Gyro assistance keeping everything in check.

Included in the packaging are the following:

  • The helicopter itself
  • The remote control (including built-in charger)
  • A seperate USB charger
  • spare blades (also rotor blades) and a small screwdriver

This is not meant for outdoor use, it is much too light for that with the smallest breeze blowing the Helicopter off course, but on wind-still day you should be OK. (I only fly outside in an enclosed garden, the smallest movement of air will cause problems.)

If you're looking for a gadget thats great fun and also doesn't cost too much, then definitely get one of these!

It costs less than 20 euros (including shipping)! Get it at FocalPrice.

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Wireless / Wired IP Camera

by Marcel 13 March 2011

IP Camera

I was so impressed with this product that I actually ordered a second one of these, and I'm thinking of getting a third! It only costs approx. 60 euros including P&P!

If you're looking for a cheap Video Surveillance system for your home, then look no further than the IP Camera from FocalPrice.

I was a bit hesitant of ordering this product, but after a spate of burglaries in our neighbourhood I decided to order one and see how it performed.

It took a little bit longer to arrive than the average order from Focal Price due to the Chinese new year celebrations, but within a month I had my new IP camera! It took about 15 minutes to connect it to our network and configure, and then it was up and running sending emails and FTP'ing images whenever movement was detected.

In the packaging I found the following:

  • The IP Camera itself
  • Mounting plate
  • WiFi antenna
  • Power and ethernet cables
  • Installation CD and User Manual

The user manual was a lot better than what I am used to from Chinese products, which made the installation of the IP camera a lot easier than I was expecting. I won't go into much detail here, but you can configure everything through a simple and user friendly control panel.

Being able to access the camera from anywhere (there's even an Android/iPhone app available) is great! Pan/Tilt, microphone and speaker can all be easily controlled from the web interface. Even in total darkness you have a clear image due to the built-in infra-red lighting.

And when I'm away I activate the Alarm settings to send emails or FTP images whenever movement is detected. You can even connect it to an alarm system, but I haven't tried that yet.

In short, this is a great camera, if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

You can order the IP camera here. (approx. €60.- including postage and packing)

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Cameras


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