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.
Children of the ‘80s will remember Tyco as the definitive brand when it came to affordable remote control toys. After changing hands a few times, the company was eventually bought by Mattel who is officially relaunching the Tyco brand with the new Terra Climber; the first RC toy that can climb stairs.
The smell of melting plastic is particularly unpleasant, so instead of putting Barbie on a two-wheeled self-balancing contraption prone to melting down, Mattel has given Barbie a hoverboard that legitimately takes to the air.
It’s annoying when a bird poops on your car, but large flocks of them can be a genuine problem in some areas. But when a straw-stuffed scarecrow just isn’t keeping them at bay, a company called Bird-X wants you to consider upgrading to a scarecrow in the sky.
To make the drone in Spin Master’s new Air Hogs Connect mobile game fly as realistically as possible, players pilot a real-life toy quadcopter while clever augmented reality tricks translate their maneuvers to the action and missions in the game.
RC aircraft builders strive for extreme accuracy in their scaled-down versions of real-life planes. And what looks like one of Virgin Atlantic’s 747-400s doing a low-pass fly-by is actually an 18-feet long RC model of the airliner built and piloted by Adi Pitz.