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At last, you can fly your own X-Wing

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2010

As a kid(Or even an adult) how many times have you tried to use the force to lift your X-wing toy as if you were Yoda extracting it from the swamp. Sadly, your efforts always fail so you heat up another hot-pocket and get back to your nerd message boards.

Well now you really can control your own X-wing, even if it isn’t with the power of your mind. The RCX4 Star Stryker Helicopter is a remote-controlled X-Wing with four helicopter propellers on board. It can hover in place as well as fly in all directions. But sadly I see no room for Luke’s action figure.

Guy glues flies to paper airplanes, somewhere PETA cries

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2009


Some people have strange hobbies. Like this guy who forces innocent flies to carry paper airplanes made out of rolling papers. First he caches the fly and puts it in a plastic bag for safekeeping. Next he makes he plane. Once the plane is done, he “huffs” on the fly several times.(Seemed excessive to us, but to each his own) This is to get the hairs on the flie’s belly to stick to the superglue. Now is it?

After that, creepy dude goes outside with his new airplane toting slave and watches it fly. Other creepiness includes this dude waxing philosophic about that fateful day at Kittyhawk so many years ago. He says he sets them free when he’s done playing with them, but that’s not the same thing as leaving them the hell alone in the first place.

Moving sculpture is steered by flies

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2008

Moving sculpture is steered by flies
This strange looking contraption is a battery powered vehicle. It putters around a New York art gallery looking like…art. What’s interesting about it is the driver or drivers. It’s course is directed and steered entirely by flies. The plastic bubble is filled with large houseflies, and the food and water that nourishes them. That’s right, the enslavement of flies has begun.

The lights that you see shining on the flies keep them warm and as the flies do their thing, the reflections that the lights make on the top of the bubble change. Sensors send the changing light data to a controller that activates the motor and steers the machine accordingly. It’s the brainchild of David Bowen, an artist who has also created machines that track flies’ movements and make huge drawings. Pretty cool. I wonder what else they can power.