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Tokyo-based Taiyo Corp. [JP] is selling a new wireless toy helicopter for indoor use that can be used even in very small rooms. The beginner-friendly, so-called Micro Master HG3, features special sensors that prevent the helicopter from crashing into ceilings by descending automatically right before it would happen.

Taiyo claims its the first company in the industry offering such a helicopter. They use electrical waves to determine the distance from room ceilings (the helicopter loses altitude when it’s less than 50cm away). Owners can play with the toy for about 5 minutes with one charge, which takes 30-60 minutes.

The Micro Master HG3 is Japan-only at this point and has an MSRP of $92.

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