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Skitterbot is the world’s fastest legged micro-robotic toy

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

I am a sucker for robots and remote controlled toys so when you combine them I am interested. A new product has been unveiled from a company called MyDeskpets called the Skitterbot. The little RC robot toy is very fast and runs on a rechargeable battery.

The bug has a 5-function remote control and can be had in four different colors. Each control can be set to one of four frequencies to let up to four players race at one time. The robots will sell for $19.99 at Toys R Us and Radio Shack stores around the country.

Takara Tomy RC Mario Karts

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2010

Mario Kart is now in 3D, as in these are real life rc Mario Karts that you can race. The action isn’t limited to the screen anymore thanks to Takara Tomy of Japan, offering real life RC Mario Karts. The controller actually contains items that you can throw at other players including the usual green shell, red shell and banana peel.

If you throw a banana, an IR light will show up on your rear so that whoever hits it will crash off course just like in the video game. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Beverage Buggy

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2010

Beer + Buggy = You getting drunk without having to move your ass off the couch. Let’s face it, it’s 2010 and by now we should be able to go to Walmart and buy a robot butler who will bring us beer, but that isn’t the case. So we will just have to work with what we have.

And what we have is RC vehicles. They will have to do. Like this fully functional Beverage Buggy, which delivers two cans or bottles of your favorite drink(beer) in a radio-control dune buggy. But who is going to load that beer into the buggy?

AR.DRONE From Parrot controlled by iPhone

Posted in R/C Toys by Darrin Olson on January 11th, 2010

ar.drone controlled by iPhoneThe folks at Parrot have released a new toy RC toy called the AR.Drone, a “quadricopter” that can be controlled and viewed with an iPhone or iPod touch through a WiFi connection. The AR.DRONE works like a remote control helicopter with four separate helicopter blades to maneuver the device, but that is definitely not what makes this copter cool.

What really sets this guy apart from the others is that you can control it with your iPhone or iPod touch using the built-in accelerometers which will sense which way you tip the phone and maneuver the AR.Drone accordingly. The quadricopter also has a couple of cameras on board, one for “seeing” what the AR.Drone sees real-time through the iPhone, but also another camera on the bottom which can track speed and help the ‘copter maintain a still flight.

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.

Target’s remote control gift card

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2009

Target's remote control gift cardTarget has something new up its sleeve this holiday season. A Remote Control Gift Card which looks like a slab of Swiss cheese. The remote controls a tiny red car with a mouse inside. You can do the usual RC car thing, moving it forward and back.

The Target Remote Control Gift Cards will start at $25 all the way up to $1,000. That’s one expensive piece of cheese with a mouse car. Still, it’s a nifty idea. I wonder how they will upgrade the gift card next.

Mini HoverDrone is sure to annoy those around you

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2009

Mini HoverDrone is sure to annoy those around youThe Mini HoverDrone is said to be the smallest flying R/C device yet. It boasts a diameter about the size of a silver dollar, with a lone propeller at the bottom that lets it hover in the air, spin and flash its blue LEDs to annoy everyone you love.

Most RC toys are hard to fly and complicated. A simple slider control handles up-and-down movement, so just about anybody can control it easily. It’s only $19.99. The only downside is that all it does is your basic up and down.


Remote controlled tissue box

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on October 30th, 2009

Remote controlled tissue boxHere’s a great invention for the next time you have a nasty cold that includes a runny nose. It merges tissues with remote control toys, which is simply brilliant. This $25 remote controlled tissue box will make sure that you always have your tissues handy.

How many times have you sneezed and desperately needed a tissue, only to not have one? No more my friends. That’s snot how it should work.

Battle Machines combine laser tag and RC toys

Posted in R/C Toys by Shane McGlaun on August 10th, 2009

battlemachines-sb1Yeah, I really like remote controlled toys. I have always liked them since I was a kid and the only thing that has changed today is that my RC toys are more expensive. Show me a RC toy that also offers lasers and I am sold.

Jada Toys has announced a new line of RC vehicles called Battle Machines RC toys. The cars are 12-inches long and come in several different designs and three different vehicles. You can choose from a 2006 Mustang GT, 1969 Camaro SS, and a 1999 Chevy Silverado Dooley.

RC Feed Boat

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2009

RC Feed BoatFishing can be fun, but really boring if they aren’t biting. This remote controlled Feed Boat can give you an edge against your gilled adversaries. The device comes with a built-in sonar sensor so it functions as a fish finder.

The remote control features an LED display that will always show you just where the best spot to fish is. It will also show you the current water temperature. It has a range of 948 feet and a tipper for 4.4lbs of bait as well as an underwater LED light. How does a pair of jet motors sound? That ought to help you get through overgrown waters.

Remote control mower makes me want to mow my yard, almost

Posted in R/C Toys by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2009

rcmowerOne of the things that comes along with summer is lawn care. I hate mowing my yard, but I am too cheap to pay someone to do it for me. Mowing the yard is especially sucky here in Texas since it’s like 105 in the shade most days during the summer months. I am counting the days until my son is old enough to do it for me. That’s why I had kids after all.

I think I could probably get the neighborhood kids to mow my lawn for free if I had this sweet remote control mower. The thing looks like a cross between a tank and your average mower and can navigate slopes up to 70 degrees.


Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsCongratulations to us all. We still live despite all of the metal predators that are being built and programmed everyday. Let’s give ourselves a big pat on the back and then promptly begin building robot holocaust shelters. This week over at Botropolis we did the usual. We saw toys we love, bots we fear, some shirts we really would like to wear before the end…. Here’s some of what we covered this week.

Conspiracies: Secret US Military Autonomous Robot Project Spotted?

Terminator 3: Funny deleted scene.

RC Bats: Bots gone batty.

C3P-0: Straight Or Gay? (NSFW).

Breakdancing r/c car is twenty years too late

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2009

Breakdancing r/c car is twenty years too lateSo, nobody cares about breakdancing anymore. This RC car doesn’t care that it’s late to the party. It just zips around, doing spins like the Tasmanian devil on crack, then Stands up, crosses it’s arms and tells you that you just got served.

The Twister Edition Stunt R/C car sports a unique spinning joint system that lets the car perform all sorts of crazy stunts using the included wireless remote-control. While doing this, it puts on an LED lightshow that’s pretty awesome. Video below.

Mario Kart R/C racing set

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2008

Mario Kart R/C racing setThe Mario Kart Pullback toys were cool, so was the giant r/c Mario Kart racer, but this set of Mini Mario Kart rc cars from Brando gets it right. Each car is rechargeable and about the size of the iPod shuffle. Each comes with a 6-direction IR controller and shell and banana accessories. That’s what I’m talking about. You need accessories to really play Mario Kart outside of the Wii. They are available in Mario, Luigi, Koopa and Yoshi. Available for $24 each. Finally you can have real life Mario races.

Radio Controlled Golf Ball for Golf course fun

Posted in Golf by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2008

Radio Controlled Golf Ball for Golf course funI personally don’t find a sport like Golf fun. This radio controlled Golf ball might make things a little more bearable and fun. It’s the ProActive Sports Radio Controlled Incred-A-Ball. A radio controlled golf ball that has a radio activated gyroscope inside.

Turn it on and the ball goes crazy, moving around. Watch the reactions of various stuffy old dudes as you trick them. They can try all they want to take their swing, but the ball is going to move on them. It gets recharged via a dock and only costs $19.

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