Ever since I was a child, I always wanted a hover car. More so, I wanted a car what was iconic. Now, granted, any hover car would be iconic, but I wanted something that would be undeniably cool regardless of what era the car was seen in. Well, with a few bucks, some creativity, and a little time on your hands, the dream is now possible.
Back over in the Motherland, a Russian engineer has built a radio-controlled hover car based on the DeLorean from Back to the Future. His mantra for the project is “Where we’re going, who needs roads?” which we find appropriate for the build. Though this isn’t a full size replica, it’s still one hell of a bragging right. Check the video above!
We give you a look at three different types of HexBugs in this episode. HexBugs are robotic creatures, similar to insects, that crawl around. Batteries are included, so you just open them up and turn them on, and as you can see, they will start crawling around right away. The HexBug Inchworm is radio-controlled, while the HexBug Original and HexBug Nano are simply battery powered and kind of do their own thing once you turn them on. Aside from the insect robots themselves, you can also purchase different environments for the HexBugs to move around in, which looks especially cool when dealing with the Nano version. If you're interested, you can find HexBugs at RadioShack, and can also purchase HexBugs on Amazon.
We chat with Parrot about its upcoming AR Drone 2.0, the successor to the wildly popular Parrot AR Drone. The AR Drone 2.0 is a quadricopter that is controlled using an iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Android device over Wi-Fi, and it has a high definition 720p camera in it as well, so you can see what the AR Drone 2.0 sees as it flies. The device can also perform tricks and stunts. We give you a full demo in this video. This was recorded at CES 2012. You can find Parrot quadricopter products on Amazon.
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Where else but on YouTube will you see a high-speed case that’s not VGA dash-cam quality, featuring shots taken using a Traxxas Slash VXL Ultimate R/C car-mounted GoPro Hero, a Canon 5D MKII, strapped to a helicopter, a Panasonic AF100, and a hacked Panasonic GH1? This video features something for all likes, but will definitely be appreciated by those who like a little speed, creative shots, and a little humor. Take a look at what the folks from Icon Motosports have been up to on their spare time.
The Parrot AR.Drone is one of the coolest holiday gifts this season, and as such, it's a natural fit for our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. It's basically like a flying real-life video game that you can play indoors or out. With its on-board Wi-Fi system, you can even control the copter from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. On-board cameras let you pilot the AR.Drone through complex flight maneuvers and destroy enemy targets. The iOS piloting app is a free download from the iTunes App Store. The copter also has a built in accelerometer, gyros, ultrasonic sensors, two video cameras, and more. It's constructed of carbon fiber and high-resistance plastic, and it's available in three colors. You can get it now for $299 from Amazon.
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Windows 7 is on its way. The RC is in the final stages of being released for program developers and IT pros on April 30, while the masses will have to wait until May 5. There is no word yet when it will come preloaded on PCs or available in shops but the estimate is July. Windows 7 should be easier to swallow than Vista with its new touchsceen functions and interaction with digital cameras and PMPs.
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For an RC system to the max, check out Fat Shark. Although they already sell their cams and headsets separately, they now have an all-in-one system with VR VGA video goggles with a 4WD FPV remote controlled car with its own cam for a driver’s eye view. The remote can control the camera direction with a tracking mechanism that can be controlled with only a pan or tilt of the head. They also sell an Aviator Edition goggle to go with RC planes. Contact Fat Shark to get in on the action by mid-July.
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How about a Radio Control Beverage/Snack Float to bring the chips, dips, and brew to your pool guests or jacuzzi buds? Load the gadget with up to five drinks and some nachos and pass it to your left. The 2-part motorized float system has been safety tested so you don’t have to worry about electrocuting your guests and uses one 9-volt and 6 D batteries, not included. Pick yours up for a cool $49.99, and don’t let anyone cannonball during the festivities.
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We never tire of finding remote control toys to challenge your
fingers when your inbox is full and your outbox is still empty. The 32cm tall Inflatable Sumo Wrestlers move forward and back in their quest of tabletop domination. Battle your bud to topple her/him over. They also speak, sort of. They will yell “Hakke-yoi!” or “Nokotta!”, depending on their mood. Each wrestler needs one 9V and 4 AA batteries (not included.) Get them at a $73.55 price. As they are not exactly inexpensive, you might want to get that bud to share the expense.
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RC cars are no longer confined to the ground. Air Hogs’ Zero Gravity Micro Car can drive on any smooth surface, whether it is the floor, wall, or ceiling. It features a 2-inch turning circle and the company claims that it is faster and quieter than its 1st generation Gravity Hummer. As a Valentines Day gift, the red car is perfect for a loved one for £29.99 (~$59.00). He/she will be so excited you might even get to share. While the Micro Car will not be available until this July, you can still print the image and sneakily insert it into a large box of chocolate candy.