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A Tiny RC Skateboard That Can Halfpipe Better Than You

Unless your name is Tony Hawk, or your likeness has been featured in his endless series of skateboarding games, you probably can’t pull a trick on a half-pipe as well as these tiny remote-controlled skateboards can. But that’s OK because if you stick to playing with these toys instead of the real thing, you’re guaranteed to never break a bone — probably.


You Might Accidentally Swallow The World's Smallest RC Helicopter

At what point does a flying remote control toy become too small? Bandai’s new Pico-Falcon is just 4.5cm in length and looks like it can be flown and manoeuvred inside a cupboard with enough skill. But it also looks like the slightest breeze could send it careening out of control — “Nobody cough or sneeze, I’m trying to land this thing.”


Watch The Remote-Controlled Flight Of A Cyborg Moth

Researchers at North Carolina State University implanted electrodes in the muscles of moths — Manduca sexta – so they can remote-control their flight. This technique could lead to a new generation of small-sized biobots that can be used for both military and civil purposes.


You Can Literally Control Another Human Being With This Wild VR Setup

With the magic of virtual reality, it’s easier than ever to find out what it would be like to see out of someone else’s eyes, but for the full effect you have to mirror your movements. What if you could actually control the other person though? It’s actually already possible. Hello, Avatar.


Should We Really Just Call Everything A 'Drone' By Default?

There’s a revolution in the skies. Things are flying around up there. Some of them are remote controlled, some of them are autonomous. Some of them shoot at people, some of them don’t. Some of them are in stores, some are military. But should we just call them all “drones”?


A Video Game Controller Designed To Operate Construction Equipment

In the world of remote control aeroplanes, it was found that kids who grew up playing video games were far more adept at piloting the small aircraft after spending their childhood honing their hand-eye coordination skills with game controllers. And that’s the same idea behind the SafetySense controller from Humanistic Robotics, except that it’s designed to remotely operate giant construction equipment.


Military Turn Blackhawk Into The World's Biggest RC Helicopter

When the US Army wants to have fun, they turn to Sikorsky and ask them to turn their 4.7-tonne UH-60 Blackhawk into an unmanned helicopter remote controlled by some guy with a backpack and a joystick. Unfreakinunbelievable.


A Remote Control Brake That Stops A Kid's Bike In Its Path

Mastering balancing is only half the challenge of learning to ride a bike. Knowing how and when to apply the brakes is the other half. And like a driver’s ed car that features an extra set of pedals for the front passenger, the MiniBrake gives parents a wireless remote control for the brake on their child’s bike.


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.


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