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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.
The folks at FinalCutKing, who brought us that wonderful remote control car chase a while ago, are back with a new scaled-down film involving tanks, fighter planes and simulated explosions galore. But don’t let the fact that these are just toys prevent you from getting caught up in the action.
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.