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RC Racing Team’s Controller Does Double Duty

RC Racing Team (Images courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

The world of racing isn’t all about fast cars you know. There’s a lot of important stuff that goes on before and after a race, like transporting the vehicles to the next venue. So this RC Racing Team set lets your kid experience both the exciting thrills of race day, and the monotonously boring, long-haul drives that come in-between those events. What’s cool about this set though is that the pistol grip controller includes a toggle switch so that it can be used to either control the transport truck, or the race car. Though I’m pretty sure I know which vehicle is going to rack up the miles on the odometer. $79.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer.

[ Remote Controlled Race Team ]

TRex Indoor RC Helicopter With Cruise Control

TRex Indoor RC Helicopter (Image courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

Those tiny indoor RC helicopters have remained popular for a few years now, and while being able to fly one around your living room is what makes them fun, apparently some pilots don’t want to put in the effort. So the TRex, available from Brando for a mere $37.90, includes a hands-free mode. Using the included IR remote you hit a ‘record’ button and then pilot the helicopter through a series of maneuvers. After that the helicopter will replay the same flight over and over without requiring you to do so much as look up from the TV. Fun!

Like with any of the miniature RC vehicles on the market the TRex can be charged from the remote, or plugged into a computer’s USB port which should conserve the 6xAAs inside the controller. It also seems to provide more bang for your buck than the choppers you’ll find at most toy stores with a metal housing, full forward, back left and right steering and even a turbo speed mode when you don’t feel like delaying the inevitable collision.

[ TRex Indoor RC Helicopter ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Kyosho Egg – Flying/Driving RC Toy

Kyosho Egg - Flying/Driving RC Toy (Images courtesy the Japan Trend Shop)
By Andrew Liszewski

Isn’t progress a wonderful thing? Diseases get cured, we continue to unlock the secrets of the universe AND we no longer have to choose between playing with an RC car or an RC helicopter! The Egg from Kyosho combines the best of both worlds into a single RC toy that’s safe to play with indoors. Of course from the looks of things in this video it’s really just an RC helicopter with a set of unpowered wheels thrown on, so ‘driving’ it around is basically akin to flying it at ground level, but that doesn’t make it look any less fun. I mean look at the faces of the family in this video!

While probably readily available in Japan, the Kyosho Egg can be purchased in North America via the Japan Trend Shop for $91. And if you happen to have a few spare minutes this morning, make sure to visit its official website which is a real assault on the eyes.

[ Kyosho Egg – Flying/Driving RC Toy ]

Remote Control Football/Soccer Shoes

Remote-Controlled Football Shoes (Image courtesy Pro-Idee)
By Andrew Liszewski

Whether you refer to it as football or soccer, or shoes or boots, this set of remote control cleats is clearly trying to capitalize on the popularity of the World Cup, though it’s kind of missed its window. Each ‘boot’ is driven by four wheels and can be steered in any direction with an included wireless remote, and you can expect to get a pretty decent 2 hours of playtime on a set of 4 x AA batteries. Also included is a plastic scoop accessory that can be attached for beginners who aren’t used to pushing a small plastic ball around with a remote control shoe. Ugh, n00bs! $76+ (£49.50) for a set of 2 from Pro-Idee.

[ Remote-Controlled Football Boot ]

LEGO RC Motorized Excavator

LEGO RC Motorized Excavator (Image courtesy LEGO)
By Andrew Liszewski

LEGO’s never exactly been an outside toy. The risk of losing pieces off your creation is too high, and besides, Tonka’s already got the monopoly out there. So while you probably won’t be taking this remote control LEGO excavator out to the garden any time soon, I can’t think of a better way to dig through a giant container of LEGO pieces. It’s powered by 4 motors and 4 linear actuators allowing you to drive (with fully working treads of course) spin the cabin and use the arm and bucket for scooping. The dual infrared remote controls all the action, and this bad boy will set you back $199.99.

[ LEGO RC Motorized Excavator ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Air Hogs Hawk Eye

Air Hogs Hawk Eye (Image courtesy CNBC)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ll admit, the first time I was able to pilot a $30 RC toy helicopter inside my home I was quite impressed. Unfortunately it didn’t take long for the novelty to wear off, and neither wacky designs nor improved avionics have piqued my interest since then. But a built-in digital video camera? Air Hogs, you have my rapt attention again. Their new Hawk Eye RC chopper, which is due sometime in the Fall for about $65, is able to capture around 5 minutes of 320×240 resolution video, or hundreds of photos at 640×480. Useless for those of you hoping to use it for 2nd unit aerial photography on your low-budget blockbuster, but good enough for the rest of us who want to capture the annoyed reactions of visiting family and friends.

The Hawk Eye can also be connected directly to your PC for transferring the videos, and while you’re doing that the helicopter also charges, so you can kill two birds with one stone and be back in the air in no time. It also comes with a 2-channel remote of course, letting you control altitude and spin the chopper left or right, and start/stop the video recording or snap photos.

[ Air Hogs Hawk Eye ] VIA [ CNBC ]

Lightweight Aerial Camera For RC Planes

RC Plane Camera - Lightweight Aerial Camera (Images courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

According to Milhouse: “Perfectly level flying is the supreme challenge of the scale model pilot.” But after you’ve mastered those skills, how do you keep your RC hobby interesting? Well by spying of course! And this lightweight aerial camera from Chinavasion looks like the perfect a highly affordable tool for the job. The camera with mounting bracket weighs just 27 grams, so it shouldn’t affect your plane’s performance or flight time that much, but with a price tag of around $48 just don’t expect to be capturing IMAX caliber footage.

Video is recorded at 640×480 at 25 frames per second, and on a single charge the camera will run continuously for about an hour and a half. Still photos have a bit more resolution at 1280 x 960, and while the lens can be rotated up to 70 degrees, it’s not controlled by a servo so you’ll have to make your adjustments while on the ground. You’ve got 2GBs of built-in memory to play with which should be more than adequate for your average flight, and the camera’s also got a mini-USB port on one end for offloading your videos and photos to a PC.

[ RC Plane Camera – Lightweight Aerial Camera ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Tomy’s RC Mario Karts Feature Virtual Power-Ups, Shells And Bananas

RC Mario Karts (Images courtesy Tomy)
By Andrew Liszewski

You can find tiny RC versions of Mario, Luigi and Yoshi in the toy aisles pretty much anywhere these days, but there’s a reason you’ll want to hold off and order these new Tomy versions from Amazon Japan instead. You see these versions feature LED lights and infrared sensors, and just like in the Mario Kart video games, you’ll periodically get power-ups or weapons, like the green shells, invincibility and bananas, which are indicated on the remote control.

The killer red shell and pain-in-the-ass blue shell are notably absent, but the other items provide speed bursts, or thanks to the infrared sensors, allow you to shoot and slow or hinder an opponent. The remote even has a built-in speaker and hopefully plays that awesome ‘invincibility’ tune (that’s now hard-wired into my brain) whenever you use a star. They’ll be available in Japan from June 19th for about $30 (¥2,730) each.

[ Amazon Japan – Tomy RC Mario Karts ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Videos Of An RC Battleship Dropping Tiny Working Depth Charges On An RC Submarine – Need I Say More?

Sorry for the double videos in this post, but they’re both integral to getting the idea across as to how awesome this RC battleship really is. Both clips were apparently shot at the Model Submarine Regatta in Canberra, Australia in 2008, and they show a scale model remote control battleship dropping working depth charges, as in actually exploding underwater, onto a remote control submarine traveling just a few feet below it. The video below appears to be the same run but from an underwater perspective, and if the cameraman’s startled reaction is any indication, those mini charges really pack a punch.

The videos also confirm my theory that if another world war breaks out using only remote controlled scale model warships, the Australians have already won.

[ Urlesque – Remote Control Toys With Real Missiles ] VIA [ Neatorama ]