Back in 2012, the gadgeteer Kid and I did a joint review of the original Sphero programable, robotic ball. We had a good time playing with it; using it to not only entertain ourselves but the dog and cat as well. Recently the Orbotix engineers and designers have introduced a second generation Sphero robot ball [...]
Didn't get that killer drone you wanted for Christmas? Drone you wanted too big or too expensive? TRNDlabs may have the perfect alternative for you with the SKEYE Nano Drone. The SKEYE Nano Drone is a 1.57 x 1.57 inch drone designed for indoor or outdoor flight. The SKEYE Nano Drone features: Throw To Fly [...]
Air Swimmers are helium filled durable nylon balloons shaped like a great white shark, bass or clownfish (aka Nemo). They are controlled with a battery powered infra-red handheld controller that has a 40 foot range to let them "swim" through the air with life-like motion. The fish are 57 inches long and 36 inches tall and are [...]
I'm not very big on playing with toys, but when Brando offered the Nano Falcon R/C helicopter by Silverlit, it piqued my curiosity. It's billed as the World's smallest, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Having never attempted to fly a remote-controlled helicopter, I went for the new experience. What could go wrong?Because of my lack [...]
The PowerUp 3.0 is a newly-launched Kickstarter project that lets you pilot your homemade paper airplane using a smartphone. The PowerUp features a carbon fiber frame with a propeller on one end and a battery powered BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) receiver on the opposite end. The receiver is powered by a lithium polymer battery that provides 10 minutes [...]
When you claim to have the world's smallest IRC helicopter, you better be able to back up that claim. The Nano Falcon from Brando can do that because it was certified by Guinness World Records in March of this year. The Nano Falcon measures 3.19 inches long by 2.00 inches high and 0.88 inches wide [...]
Remote control cars are always fun, but the downside of the classic remote control cars is that they are fairly large and require an even larger area to play on. Then someone invented those micro RC cars that are pocket-friendly, but those RC cars only go one speed, which is super fast and right off [...]
The RC Toy Robot is a concept toy from designer Jaehong Eric Han. The robot can be controlled from smart devices or across the internet, and multiple robots will be able to interact with each other. Amongst other capabilities are the ability to be used as a baby monitor, to give you alerts from your [...]
Sivlerlit did well when they named this toy the 3D Twister because my play (err…I mean precise testing methodology) mostly involved watching the car skitter around our home and later our concrete driveway literally flipping, spinning, hopping and jumping around. At full throttle the car looks more like a frenetic animal than a toy car, [...]
If you love RC cars and iOS devices, how about combining the two with a Dexim Monster Truck that can be controlled by your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Using the included transmitter and the free AppSpeed app, move the truck either by using the on-screen touch controls or use the device's accelerometer. The car [...]
I've seen these little toy helicopters for a while now, but as much as I like toys, I never bought one. Why? Well for one thing, I was always afraid I'd "shoot my eye out" or it just wouldn't work. I mean, how well could something so TINY work after all? Enter the Swann series [...]
Growing up, my favorite toys were my collection of remote control cars. I'd look forward to the weekends when I could spend the day racing them around the street or, in the case of my prized hovercraft, the pool with my dad. I haven't played with one in about twenty years, and was curious what [...]
Today I have something for robot and remote control toy enthusiasts. It's the Zibits Mini R/C Robot from Senario. Zibits are cute 2 inch tall collectible robots that can rotate 360 degrees and are equipped with lights and sounds. Zibit Robot Remote control Instruction sheet Each robot is made of plastic and is a little [...]
Remote control cars are so 80s and are being replaced by those remote control helicopters that we see everywhere in mall kiosks. Most of the ones out there are built with foam or thin plastic bodies to keep them light. And we all know how they always end up with inexperienced “pilots”. Those light foam [...]
Yay! Finally a mini radio controlled helicopter that doesn't require you to use AA or AAA batteries to charge it. This Tiny USB Rechargeable RC Helicopter from Brando includes a chargeing cable that plugs into a regular USB port on your computer. Another advantage of this particular copter is that it has a metal body. [...]
When I was in the 2nd grade (back in the 70's), my Dad would race miniature slot cars at a local hobby shop. I remember wanting to play with these cars and not being allowed to do so. My Dad kept his collection of track and cars in a spare bedroom in the house and [...]
Last month Plantraco introduced a micro spitfire RC plane. This month, they bring us a 1/72nd scale Messerschmitt Fighter. I have no idea what a Messerschmitt Fighter really is, but it looks pretty darn cool. Now you can buy both and go head to head in aerial combat. On second thought, that's probably a really [...]
Remember the tiny Carbon Butterfly R/C plane from Plantraco that I reviewed two years ago? Now they are offering a 1:72nd scale Spitfire radio controlled airplane that has a wingspan of only 6 inches. Too cool!
Over the years, I've had the opportunity to play with all sorts of R/C (remote controlled) cars,planes and helicopters. I've even flown an
R/C UFO. But until now, I'd never controlled
an R/C submarine. But now I can say that I have, because Trend Times Toys sent me the Sub-Sonic XP R/C Submarine to review.
There are all kinds of small RC flying toys on the market these days. We've reviewed our share of them here on the Gadgeteer. They are fun to play with, but I really am not very good at flying them. If I take one outdoors, it ends up on the roof. If I fly indoors, I tend to crash them into walls, people's heads, etc. Some people can fly RC toys and some can't. If you find yourself in the same group as me, then you'll love the Intelli UFO from Trend Times Toys. Anyone can fly this one!