Remote Control Toys

Remote control gadgets are probably one of the most fun toys out there. Here we share our experiences with the latest R/C gadgets we’ve found.


The CASE Air – Your Instagram game is about to be amazing

by Caitlyn

Photographers cried out all at once when phones started coming with cameras. While there’s always a need for someone to take photos professionally, smartphones have certainly lessened the demand, and that’s because you can take some great pictures with your phone and have them on Facebook before the event you’re at is over. I recently spent 6 weeks in Japan, and while I took over 2,000 photos with my DSLR, most of the photos that made it to social media came from my phone because there wasn’t enough time to get them onto a computer, edited, and uploaded fast enough.

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U.S.S. Enterprise Quadcopter goes where no quadcopter has gone before

by Edwin

uss-enterprise-quadcopterIf you are a huge Star Trek fan and would love to have just about anything and everything that has to do with Star Trek, then it would not be too far away to imagine that a drone that comes in the form factor of the U.S.S. Enterprise would escape your attention. The $129.95 U.S.S. Enterprise Quadcopter is the ideal toy to have if you would like to issue orders from your command chair, so that the crew would be able to carry out your whims and fancies.

This happens to be the only remote controlled flying U.S.S. Enterprise that explores strange new yards and seeks out new life and new civilizations. It has been specially modeled after Captain James T. Kirk’s famous vessel as seen in the 1979 motion picture, sporting a quartet of 3.5″ diam. propellers that are part of its iconic primary hull, as it delivers backward, forward, up, down, or sideways movement. It will even be able to play 10 sounds from the original TV series, such as photon torpedoes and red alert, while the 10 LEDs replicate the ship’s hull and nacelles’ lights. With a one hour charge, you get up to 7 minutes of flight time, sans warp drive, of course.

Bionic Bird is a cool toy for children and adults alike

by Edwin

bionic-birdSo you are scratching your head, wondering just which particular gift to get for your little one as his or her birthday approaches. In a time when there are simply so many choices that abound, one does wonder whether getting another game console, smartphone or tablet is a good idea with so many of those devices available in the home already. Perhaps something that will get your cute child to experience the outside air is a good idea? Enter the $149.99 Bionic Bird.

This is one unique drone that can be controlled through a smartphone, arriving in the form of a biomimetic bird drone. It is full well capable of flying indoors as well as outdoors, hitting a maximum speed of 12mph, and it plays nice with both iOS and Android mobile operating systems. How does it “talk” to your smartphone? Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity comes into the picture, which means you have more or less an effective controlling range of up to 100 yards. A full charge allows the Bionic Bird to fly for up to 8 minutes, and has a clever portable battery solution that lets you recharge it up to 10 times in the wild.

The Codeybot is a robot that makes coding fun for everyone

by Caitlyn

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Learning how to code is not for the faint of mind. It’s logic-based and just about anything can ruin your work, driving you nearly insane for putting a space or bracket in the wrong place. If you didn’t start thinking in these patterns as a kid, it’s hard to start without much prior knowledge and can seem more overwhelming than it actually is. It’s the same as learning to knit but not understanding the movements to create the patterns that have to be executed correctly for it to hold everything together.

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The Nerf Combat Creature Terradrone – baby destroyer droids for your kids!

by Caitlyn

Nerf Terradrone

Do you ever wish your kids were combat ready so they can take down an evil government at the drop of a hat? Hopefully that is never the case, but kids do love to shoot the crap out of each other with Nerf guns, and I don’t blame them because it’s fun! While we’ve come a long way in the development of foam weaponry, do you ever get worried that we might be going too far?

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DJI makes a splash with intelligent Phantom 4 drone

by Edwin

dji-phantom-4So, you are currently in the market for a drone but do not know just where you would like to start. DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, might have something to clue you in with their latest release, which will be known as the Phantom 4. What makes the DJI Phantom 4 so special compared to the other drones that are out there in the market? It happens to carry the distinction of being the first consumer quadcopter camera that makes use of highly advanced computer vision and sensing technology in order to ease the task of professional aerial imaging moments.

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RC Flying Car merges both the old and the new

by Edwin

rc-flying-carDrones do seem to be all the rage these days, and with so many different kinds of models to choose from, which particular one should you decide to settle for? Perhaps you might want to settle for something different this time around with the $99.95 RC Flying Car from Hammacher. The RC Flying Car can be best described to be a remote controlled vehicle which is capable of making its way over ground, and when you feel like it, you can have it take off to the air.

It gets up and around by swiftly rolling forward/backward on a quartet of 1.75″ diameter foam-tired wheels when on the ground at 67 mph scale speed, while the drone executes sharp lefts/rights from up to 130′ away when issued commands from its 2.4 GHz radio remote. One will be able to choose between two ground and air speeds, and a lot of it will be based on operator experience. Whenever there is an obstacle that requires airborne circumnavigation, the drone will respond nimbly with up/down, left/right, or side-to-side flight, as it is powered by a quartet of 4.25″-long high-efficiency propellers. Being capable of 360° movement that includes spins, loops, and rolls, the drone will boast of six-axis motion-sensitive gyrostabilizers that provide optimal flight performance; the remote also provides trim adjustment with audible feedback so a pilot can stay focused on the drone’s flight versus the remote. The rechargeable battery delivers up to five-minute flight times from a full charge using via included USB charger, while the remote is powered by a quartet of AA batteries.

Mouth-controlled drone is a crowd puller at Nuremberg Toy Fair

by Edwin

voice-controlled-droneDrones do seem to be all the rage these days, and not only that, they are also devices that need to be registered with the FAA if you happen to live in the US, or at least this is how it works at the moment. The reason behind the drone registration process? To be able to keep track of the drones so that in the event of unscrupulous use of a drone, it is easier to track down the owner and proceed with legal proceedings, if any. Still, controlling a drone does require a fair bit of skill as it is not like a video game, and here we are with FLYPRO’s controlled by mouth (Voice control) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), where it is known as the XEagle. On show at CES earlier last month, it is now on display at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany, where it has certainly wowed the crowds so far.

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