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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.


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.