Coolest Gadgets » Remote Control Toys http://www.coolest-gadgets.com Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:59:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.20 The Aerb Wireless Keyboard Mouse Remote is the puppet master of a smart home http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20170130/aerb-wireless-keyboard-mouse-remote-puppet-master-smart-home/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20170130/aerb-wireless-keyboard-mouse-remote-puppet-master-smart-home/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:53:17 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=259159

When you want to turn your home into a smart home, you know it’s not something that you can buy, open a box, and immediately have. You have to purchase separate elements of a smart home, and configure them to all work together. Only after you have all the parts, pieces, and bugs worked out does it start to feel like a futuristic home that you barely have to move a finger to control.

Of course, we’re not quite to the point where your gestures will turn off the lights or adjust the heat, so we need a device that will control our surroundings. This Aerb Wireless Keyboard Mouse Remote will take a little work to use across all your gizmos and gadgets, but once you’re done it will be the one pulling all the strings, and can fit in your hand. This multi-axes pointing device works for all sorts of gadgets and computers simultaneously as a mouse, keyboard, and remote.

You would start with the wireless receiver and remote, though you’ll need to get hold of some AAA batteries to make it do anything. This only costs $14.99, which makes you question how well it plays with other devices. If your aim is to try to cheap out and you don’t mind working through a few buggy aspects, it would likely end up being a reasonable purchase for the cost-conscious consumer.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The CASE Air – Your Instagram game is about to be amazing http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160803/case-air-instagram-game-amazing/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160803/case-air-instagram-game-amazing/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:30:43 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=250315 Case Air DSLR

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.

Imagine my delight in finding the CASE Air, as it will plug into your DSLR, give your camera a hotspot, and allow you to transfer images, even RAW files, onto your computer or tablet. Before anyone asks questions, no, this WIFI hot spot doesn’t need to be close to civilization to work. Not only will you be able to transfer photos quickly and efficiently, but you can also live-view your photos from your iPad, get touch focus through your device even if your camera doesn’t have that functionality, and set parameters.

Not only can you mess with shutter speed, ISO, white balance, AF, and metering, but you can go into video mode at a moment’s notice, use focus stacking, do HDR, and time lapse photos without having to hold down a button. This even lets you see the histogram, photo info, and more! You’ll only need a hot shoe, 1/4” screw hole and clip for this to set up shop. Thanks to its cable, it can even hook into older camera models to give them brand new functionality. Its battery will last around 6 hours before needing to be recharged, and it’ll cost you $84-385 if you’re quick to action.

Available for crowdfunding on Indiegogo
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U.S.S. Enterprise Quadcopter goes where no quadcopter has gone before http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160525/uss-enterprise-quadcopter-quadcopter/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160525/uss-enterprise-quadcopter-quadcopter/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 19:00:51 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=246120 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.
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Bionic Bird is a cool toy for children and adults alike http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160511/bionic-bird-cool-toy-children-adults-alike/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160511/bionic-bird-cool-toy-children-adults-alike/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 20:00:10 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=245398 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.
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The Codeybot is a robot that makes coding fun for everyone http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160425/codeybot-robot-coding-fun/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160425/codeybot-robot-coding-fun/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:30:52 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=243160 Product shot 8

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.

We saw the Cubetto not too long ago with aspirations of giving the basic building blocks of coding concepts to kids ages three and up. This is a good starter pack, but when kids grow up they’ll want to move to something more complicated, like the Codeybot. Instead of being made of wood and moving around a map, this little robot friend can not only roll around at will, but can make preset or custom faces, play music, dance to said music, make silly voices, and shoot lasers with an add-on turret in a battle against other bots (no face-melting lasers, sorry).

This uses a mobile app that will let you control the bot by snapping the building blocks of functions together. You’ll also have voice control to do things like change the color of the wheels or have it move. There will of course be more attachments as this crowdfunding bot gains traction, but for $129 to get this device, it’s a great way for anyone of any age to work on learning the concepts and challenges of coding.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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The Nerf Combat Creature Terradrone – baby destroyer droids for your kids! http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160331/nerf-combat-creature-terradrone-baby-destroyer-droids-kids/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160331/nerf-combat-creature-terradrone-baby-destroyer-droids-kids/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:30:49 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=241905 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?

Thankfully the answer to that is a resounding no, which is why the Nerf Combat Creatures TerraDrone exists. This is a remote controlled drone that looks like a baby destroyer droid, but is thankfully far less deadly. It can fire up to 12 darts from 45 feet away at a speed that is likely not strong enough to cause any real damage. The head can rotate a full 360 degrees, and it has an adjustable blast angle.

This is going to make it feel like the robot overlords really are on their way, as these can handle just about any type of terrain without issue. You’ll need 6 AA batteries to get the drone and remote control to work and it is recommended for kids 8 and up, though no one is going to judge if you get it for yourself. This will cost you $161.95, so your kids will hopefully keep the phase of wanting to shoot everything for a while to get a good deal of use out of this. You can move them up to more dangerous weaponry when they’re older.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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DJI makes a splash with intelligent Phantom 4 drone http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160304/dji-splash-intelligent-phantom-4-drone/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160304/dji-splash-intelligent-phantom-4-drone/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=240796 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.

You can be sure that DJI will draw on its repository of experience when it comes to the Phantom 4, where it will come with a new on-board intelligence that will make piloting and shooting great shots simple thanks to a slew of features such as the Obstacle Sensing System, ActiveTrack and TapFly functionality. The bottom line is, DJI would want even beginners to be able to get the hang of the Phantom 4 in double quick time sans a steep learning curve.

For instance, Phantom 4’s Obstacle Sensing System would sport a couple of forward-facing optical sensors that scan for obstacles and automatically direct the aircraft around the impediment when possible, which in turn reduces the risk of collision, while making sure that flight direction remains constant. Should the system figure out that the craft is unable to go around the obstacle, it will slow to a stop and hover – at least until the user redirects it. It is definitely a very useful feature, as I would loathe to fly this $1,399 machine into a tree or a concrete wall as money does not grow on trees.

The Phantom 4’s camera is still considered as the world’s best aerial-optimized 4K imaging device, where it has been upgraded to include improved optics for better corner sharpness and reduced chromatic aberration. All in all, the Phantom 4 does sound like a winner – any takers?

Press Release
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RC Flying Car merges both the old and the new http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160217/rc-flying-car-merges/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160217/rc-flying-car-merges/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:00:35 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=239800 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.
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Mouth-controlled drone is a crowd puller at Nuremberg Toy Fair http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160204/mouthcontrolled-drone-crowd-puller-nuremberg-toy-fair/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160204/mouthcontrolled-drone-crowd-puller-nuremberg-toy-fair/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:00:55 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=239072 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.

What makes the FLYPRO XEagle so special from the other kinds of drones that are in the market? Well, it has been specially designed in order to recognize voice commands such as take off, land, circle, and not only that, will be able to follow in both English and Chinese languages. In addition, it claims to be easy to operate, which represents a development in consumer-level drone technology as well as a significant milestone for consumer drones.

The voice and smart watch control, automatic obstacle-avoidance, high speed 360-degree angle and gimbal smart tracking functions all work in tandem in order to make the FLYPRO XEagle the perfect smart UAV for sports enthusiasts. After all, voice control would mean that the drone pilot is able to keep his or her hands free, in order to focus on and record all of the sporting action that is going on. Would you prefer the traditional controls of a drone compared to voice control?

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Bubblecopter is a toy that blows out joy http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160102/bubblecopter-toy-blows-joy/ http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20160102/bubblecopter-toy-blows-joy/#comments Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/?p=236630 bubblecopterWhile drones as well as other kinds of flying toys have not really made positive news headlines all the time (no thanks to accidents and injuries, not to mention drones being used in cases of voyeurism), this does not mean that all flying toys should be banned. Here is the $59.95 Bubblecopter that will be able to inject some joy in the life of your little ones – and you do not have to wait until a special occasion to gift them something like this.

The Bubblecopter is a remote controlled helicopter that releases a steady stream of bubbles in its wake each time it flies. The helicopter’s reservoir will be able to carry up to 5ml of the included soap solution via its water droplet bottle, and it boasts of the ability to fly up, down, left, right, forward, and backward with precise stability that is granted by counter-rotating rotors. A 3.5-channel infrared remote trigger will let you control the Bubblecopter from a distance of up to 32′ away. Pressing the remote’s trigger will release the soap solution into the air so that bubbles are generated. A 50-minute charge delivers up to seven minutes of flight. As for the remote control itself, it will run on half a dozen batteries.

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