RC Toy

silverlit-spycamnano-1

I want a drone. I have no idea what I'd really use one for, but I want one anyway. When the folks at Silverlit asked if I would like to review their new SpyCam Nano, I was really excited because first of all it's a drone with a built-in camera and secondly, it's so small [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Geek Toys, Reviews
qualcomm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRy6uTpyAvw Whether you are interested in wireless charging, remote control cars or Formula E race cars, you'll have to admit that this video promoting Qualcomm's Halo wireless charging technology is very cool. The video shows driver Lucas di Grassi in a Formula E race car racing against a tiny remote controlled replica that uses Qualcomm's [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, News
sphero2-1

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 [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews
TRNDlabs SKEYE Nano Drone

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 [...]

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airswimmer

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 [...]

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nano1

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 [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews
powerup

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 [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, iOS, News
nano-falcon

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 [...]

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SONY DSC

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 [...]

Posted in: Android, Bluetooth Gear, Geek Toys, iOS, Reviews
RC Robot2

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 [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News
P1000588

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, [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
dexim-monstertruck

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 [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, iOS, Kid Gadgets, News
swann-emergencystrike-01

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 [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews
DSC_0133

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 [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
zibits-robot-9

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 [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

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 [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys
usb-heli

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. [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys
brando-microslot-1

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 [...]

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plantronics

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 [...]

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spitfire

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!

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