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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review: Buttery Smooth Quadcopter Video

DJI has been making remote-control quadcopters for years. Originally, you had to strap your GoPro to it, but last year DJI introduced the Phantom 2 Vision, which had its own integrated camera system. It was pretty sweet, but every tiny turn you took your video shook enough to scramble your viewer’s brain.


Blink And You'll Miss This 300 KM/H RC Car

Last week Samvir Thandi blew our minds with a model rocket car that hit 458 km/h. But it was basically just a rocket engine with wheels that you aimed — hopefully accurately — and fired. Nick Case’s remote control speed demons actually have electric motors, and his latest creation — quite possibly the world’s fastest RC car — just hit over 300 km/h.


You Can Finally Buy That Flying Fire-Breathing RC Dragon (For $US60,000)

Thanks to Game of Thrones, dragons are en vogue again. And Hammacher Schlemmer is capitalising on their renewed popularity by letting you buy one of Rick Hamel’s amazing flying RC dragons. In the air it can hit a top speed of around 112.7km/h, and on the ground it actually breathes fire. What more could anyone ever want?


A Remote Control Sofabed For Your Laziest Houseguests

Like peanut butter M&Ms, sofabeds put two wonderful things into one even awesomer package. People like sitting, and people like sleeping — it’s the perfect combo. So how could a sofabed possibly ever be improved? With an electric mechanism that automatically unfolds and retracts the mattress, with the cushions still attached.


Maybe This 1/4 Scale Robocop Figure Is Too Realistic

If the recent RoboCop remake has made you extra nostalgic for the original films, this 1:4-scale figure should provide you with all of the fond memories you need. In fact, with 30 points of articulation, and a face painted with a multi-layer technique that even shows veins beneath the skin, from a distance you might just mistake it for the real thing.


This RC Dino Balances On Two Rolling Feet Like A Prehistoric Segway

Raising the question of whether Dean Kamen actually invented the Segway, or just discovered it at an archaeological dig, Spin Master’s newest robo-pet Boomer is a remote control dinosaur that self-balances on a set of wheeled feet, terrorising anyone you tell it to. With sound effects, light-up eyes, a swinging tail and a moving head that occasionally bites, Boomer is designed to be slightly more possessive than a robot dog.


An Xbox One Media Remote Could Be Coming In March

You can control the Xbox One by shouting, waving your arms or — if you must — using a controller. But a leaked pre-order page suggests that a conventional remote is on the way too.


An RC Snow Plough Shovels The Driveway From The Living Room

This six-wheel-drive remote control robot snow plough is the best thing to happen to snowy mornings since able-bodied kids desperate for an allowance. Powered by six 24-volt 127RPM electric motors, its 52-inch wide blade can clear a footpath in one pass from the comfort of inside the home.


This Fish Is Driving Its Own Motorised Aquarium

It’s always a good idea to give your pets lots of exercise and freedom. But how does that work with fish that are reliant on a tank full of water to live? That’s easy; you just strap its aquarium to an RC car and rig up a device that lets the fish steer.


Gift Guide: Gifts For Your Favourite Drone Enthusiast

To a lot of people, drones are those scary things that kill people in Afghanistan. To others, though, they’re a super-fun hobby and even a valuable tool.