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All I want for Christmas is ... a flying robot
Christmas is coming! From a clownfish-shaped blimp to a mountaineering surveillance aircraft -- take a look at the flying robots that could deliver themselves down chimneys this year.
Flying robots for Christmas
Air Hogs Drop Strike
Flying Fairy by Flutterbye
Air Swimmers eXtreme Giant Flying Clownfish
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0
DJI Phantom 2 Vision
- Could flying robots invade the market for presents this Christmas?
- Toys 'R' Us names remote controlled flying toys as "top gifts" this year
- Both novelty and high tech devices are becoming increasingly affordable
(CNN) -- With less than a month until Christmas, toy retail experts are predicting that Santa's sleigh won't be the only thing flying through the night sky this festive season.
Both international toy store Toys 'R' Us and the UK's Toy Retailers Association have named remote control flying toys among their "top toys" for Christmas 2013 -- and that's just the beginning of the flying robot invasion. Aerial bots of all sizes -- from miniature flying fairies to full-scale surveillance aircraft -- could be appearing under Christmas trees come December 25.
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It's evidence that the high tech materials and components developed for complex flying robots are filtering down creatively to the new world of "civilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles."
It wasn't long ago that easily controlled multifunctional quadcopters were only seen in the hands of tech university researchers and military specialists. Now, cheap, lightweight motors and stability-providing gyroscopes are available to anyone, opening up flying robot technology to the world of toys, as well as providing new ways for shutterbugs to make home movies and shoot aerial photos.
Check out the slideshow above to see some of the amazing flying robots that are available for kids and adults alike. And consider giving Rudolph a break this year by giving a gift that can make its own way down the chimney.
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April 3, 2014 -- Updated 1404 GMT (2204 HKT)
"Ever since I was a kid, I had a dream where -- if I ran fast enough on the ground -- I could lift off and start flying."
April 9, 2014 -- Updated 1141 GMT (1941 HKT)
You've built a cannon. Now you just need a willing participant to crawl inside.
March 13, 2014 -- Updated 1501 GMT (2301 HKT)
This incredible mechanical boy can write poetry and draw pictures. Hear his remarkable story.
March 10, 2014 -- Updated 1159 GMT (1959 HKT)
New production "Men in Motion" takes you inside the testosterone-fueled world of male ballet, where strength and tenderness go hand in hand.
March 14, 2014 -- Updated 1853 GMT (0253 HKT)
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November 27, 2013 -- Updated 1730 GMT (0130 HKT)
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October 10, 2013 -- Updated 0952 GMT (1752 HKT)
Meet Brett McBride -- shark wrangler, freediver, big wave surfer ... and all-round seafaring "superhero."
March 19, 2014 -- Updated 1347 GMT (2147 HKT)
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March 5, 2014 -- Updated 1615 GMT (0015 HKT)
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March 28, 2014 -- Updated 1303 GMT (2103 HKT)
Inventor Glenn Martin admits he appears crazy -- "But it's the crazy people who change the world."
February 17, 2014 -- Updated 1221 GMT (2021 HKT)
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January 3, 2014 -- Updated 1237 GMT (2037 HKT)
Celebrate 100 years since the creation of Charlie Chaplin's greatest alter ego -- the Little Tramp -- with a look back at a century of physical comedy.
December 17, 2013 -- Updated 1109 GMT (1909 HKT)
Step inside the surreal fantasy home of the world's most famous clown -- Russia's Slava Polunin.
November 12, 2013 -- Updated 1033 GMT (1833 HKT)
Introducing GimBall -- a flying robot modeled on insects, which may change search and rescue missions forever.
December 10, 2013 -- Updated 1249 GMT (2049 HKT)
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