OK, this is no toy, it's a serious piece of technology. I've always wanted to build a real R/C car — not an off-the-shelf kit, something properly fast — but I don't think anyone could build something up to the standards of Nic Case's battery-powered monster.
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Ask any parent and they'll tell you the best toys are the ones that leave kids exhausted and ready for a long peaceful nap. So instead of buying them a traditional RC toy car that chews through batteries or leaves them bored while they're waiting for it to charge, consider the $20 DynamoGo which makes them earn every last second of playtime.
We've already brought you a few clips of Kenji Ishida's amazing self-transforming RC cars, but he's only made about 10 of them available to the public so far at a staggering $US24,000 a piece. There's great news for those of us who've chosen to pay off our mortgages instead of buying a toy robot: Takara Tomy is apparently working with Kenji and Brave Robotics to mass produce these as what will probably be the greatest toy ever.
More and more vehicles are coming equipped with emergency braking systems that can stop a car before it hits something. And as CCP realised, the same technology could be just as useful with a remote control toy. After all, you're putting an untrained, unlicensed kid in control of a small car that can seriously bang up your home's walls and furniture.
Here's another look at Kenji Ishida's absolutely phenomenal self-transforming RC car, this time being tested outdoors to make sure it's as awesome as it can be. And it looks like it checks out.
It was impressive enough when toymakers found a way to make remote control helicopters small and safe enough to fly around indoors. But their miniaturisation efforts continue on as toymaker Silverlit introduces the Nano-Falcon, an RC chopper so tiny that Guinness has officially granted it the world record for smallest IR-controlled helicopter.
Had the Wright Brothers foolishly chosen to build their original flyer from concrete, their names probably wouldn't have gone down in the history books. But South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students David Haberman and Tyler Pojanowski did, and they were the first to fly and safely land an 8kg remote-controlled concrete aircraft.
Even if they aren't mutated into teenage ninjas, turtles might one day be a viable alternative to drones for espionage and surveillance. They come already armour-plated, they're amphibious, they're powered by plants, and thanks to their natural desire to avoid obstacles, researchers have found a clever way to even make them remote controllable.
It's kind of hard to justify spending $15,000 on a remote-controlled toy truck when you can get a real car for that much money. But there are certain advantages to opting for this 1:3 scale monster from Mammuth Works. You don't need a licence to drive it, you don't need insurance, it's easy to park on a footpath, and there's minimal risk of getting hurt if you roll it doing stupid stunts.
Say what you will about the Fast & Furious films, the franchise has to be doing something right to warrant sequel after sequel. But as the filmmakers keep upping the ante and including more grandiose stunts, maybe they should think on a smaller scale for the next flick. Because this trailer for Fast & Furious 6 created with RC cars is awesome.
Remote-controlled lawnmowers are far from a new idea. People have been cutting grass from the comfort of a lawn chair for years now. But what if you needed to clear the side of a steep hill or obliterate some nasty weeds without ever getting up? That's when you'll need the intimidating half-tank half-mower called the TREX.
If you want to skip the build up to the aerial crash, fast forward to about the 1:15 mark on the video to see an 80-inch RC plane with 50cc gas engine hit a RC helicopter and then immediately nosedive to its destruction. The plane clips one of its wings when it hits the chopper and immediately spirals down and slams into the ground. Gnarly.
If you find yourself in a disagreement with a friend or co-worker you can either settle it using a grownup approach like polite discussion, or with a set of these awesome RC Battletanks. Controlled via an accompanying Android or iOS app, they can turn any neutral cubicle into a militarised zone in no time.
If you're bored of the recent trend of tiny RC cars and helicopters, a company called Armortek has a line of incredibly detailed RC tanks that will surely pique your curiosity. The Centurion Mk5/2 is a 1/6-scale behemoth that even sounds like the real thing thanks to a petrol-powered engine and real metal treads.
The irony of a water gun fight is that you basically have to put yourself in the range of your adversary's weapons and retaliation in order to accurately hit them. But not any longer. Indoor RC helicopters have evolved in leaps and bounds over the past few years, and now they come with built-in reservoirs and water cannons.