I might be the only person at Gizmodo that likes Sphero’s new Cars toy. My co-workers hate the way the robot announces it’s going to sleep, and the long animated process it takes to wake up. They’re also horrified by the very existence of sentient automobiles and tractors that moo. But my colleagues are too caught up…
Fueled by imagination, this 27-year-old Lego set—the Solo Trainer—flew thousands of hours in the hands of kids and collectors. But Adam Woodworth, an aerospace engineer and hardware designer at Google, wanted to see just how aeronautically sound Lego’s design really was, so he built a giant RC version of it.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's roundup of the sweet toys and merchandise we’ve seen this week. We’ve got a magical Doctor Strange figure, a rather large Homecoming Spider-Man, and a miserable way to treat your favorite astromech unit. Also: Legend of Zelda Clue. No, really!
As everyone from Texas already knows, bigger is always better, be it a giant steak or a remote control pickup truck that’s six and a half-feet long, making it roughly a third the size of the real thing. At $5,250, the Mammuth Works’ Rewarron doesn’t come cheap, but you can thrash it around a track without ever having…
As far as needlessly complex and useless gadgets go, there’s nothing better than a mechanical backpack that moves a wiener in different directions in order to get a bulldog to do your bidding.
It’s one of the oldest tricks in Hollywood: if you want a tiny model to look like a full-size vehicle, you just need to film it with a high speed camera. As The Slow Mo Guys demonstrate in their latest round of experiments, a couple of Traxxas XO-1 RC cars suddenly look like there’s a Hollywood stuntperson behind the…
Looking more like the tiny single-prop planes that amateur pilots fly, this massive replica of an Airbus A-320 airliner is actually a remote control plane with a wingspan of almost 16 feet. What’s more impressive is that it weighs less than a pound and flies slow enough that it can be piloted indoors.
RC planes aren’t cheap, and crashing even a $200 model can be heartbreaking given how much work is required to build and test it before your first flight. So imagine how these guys feel when their half-scale Saab Gripen, measuring 26-feet long and weighing over 220 pounds, simply disintegrated in mid-air.
They’re nowhere near as huge as the CRT and rear-projection TVs many of us grew up with, but a sizeable flatscreen can still take up quite a bit of space in a room—unless you find some clever way to make it disappear at the push of a button.
Do you remember how proud you were the first time you built something with Lego—without instructions—that other people could recognize? We’re sorry to say it was probably complete garbage compared to ShineYu’s fully-functional, remote-controlled Liebherr LTM 1350 all-terrain crane model.
If the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has left you terrified of the ocean, here’s a much safer way to try your hand at surfing.
Watching this footage of talented RC pilots making their planes perform amazing stunts is made all the more impressive when you stop to think about the skills needed to capture these impossible mid-air closeups.
They’re the workhorses of our highways, but Anki is about to make one of your childhood fantasies come true by letting you race a pair of giant tractor trailers on its Overdrive racing set. They might not be as fast as the existing Anki race cars, but they come with devastating new weapons to help level the playing…
Nerf’s new N-Strike Elite Terrascout RC Drone looks like something Skynet cooked up to fight alongside the Terminators. But using a wireless remote with a live video feed from the tank’s camera, anyone can use it snipe at friends and co-workers while remaining safely out of range of retaliatory fire.
It might look like this erratic RC helicopter is malfunctioning and about to crash, but its pilot, Tareq Alsaadi, is in complete control. RC choppers are notoriously difficult to fly, but Alsaadi makes it look beyond effortless with a routine that has his craft flipping around in every direction.
An insect army awaits you. A team of engineers has developed a way to remotely control the movement of this beetle in incredible detail, finely tuning its gait, step length and walking speed.
The amateur aeronautical engineers from YouTube’s Flight Test are known for their massive flying experiments that are often surprisingly successful. But it’s this tiny creation, an RC version of the flying house from Pixar’s Up that’s held aloft by actual helium balloons, that we’d most like to see available as a kit.