You Can Literally Control Another Human Being With this Wild VR Setup

With the magic of virtual reality, it's easier than ever to find out what it would be like to see out of someone else's eyes, but for the full effect you have to mirror your movements. What if you could actually control the other person though? It's actually already possible. Hello, Avatar. » 7/09/14 10:40am Wednesday 10:40am

A Videogame Controller Designed To Operate Construction Equipment

In the world of remote control airplanes, it was found that kids who grew up playing video games were far more adept at piloting the small aircraft after spending their childhood honing their hand-eye coordination skills with game controllers. And that's the same idea behind the SafetySense controller from Humanistic… » 5/26/14 8:00pm 5/26/14 8:00pm

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review: Buttery Smooth Quadcopter Video

DJI has been making remote-control quadcopters for years. Originally, you had to strap your GoPro to it, but last year DJI introduced the Phantom 2 Vision, which had its own integrated camera system. It was pretty sweet, but every tiny turn you took your video shook enough to scramble your viewer's brain. » 4/06/14 8:00pm 4/06/14 8:00pm

Blink and You'll Miss This 188 MPH RC Car

Last week Samvir Thandi blew our minds with a model rocket car that hit 285 mph. But it was basically just a rocket engine with wheels that you aimed—hopefully accurately—and fired. Nick Case's remote control speed demons actually have electric motors, and his latest creation—quite possibly the world's fastest RC car » 3/27/14 3:40pm 3/27/14 3:40pm

You Can Finally Buy That Flying Fire-Breathing RC Dragon (For $60,000)

Thanks to Game of Thrones, dragons are en vogue again. And Hammacher Schlemmer is capitalizing on their renewed popularity by letting you buy one of Rick Hamel's amazing flying RC dragons. In the air it can hit a top speed of around 70 mph, and on the ground it actually breathes fire. What more could anyone ever want? » 3/21/14 11:00am 3/21/14 11:00am

A Remote Control Sofabed For Your Laziest Houseguests

Like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, sofabeds put two wonderful things into one even awesomer package. People like sitting, and people like sleeping—it's the perfect combo. So how could a sofabed possibly ever be improved? With an electric mechanism that automatically unfolds and retracts the mattress, with the cushions… » 3/07/14 3:20pm 3/07/14 3:20pm

Maybe This 1/4 Scale Robocop Figure Is Too Realistic

If the recent RoboCop remake has made you extra nostalgic for the original films, this 1:4-scale figure should provide you with all of the fond memories you need. In fact, with 30 points of articulation, and a face painted with a multi-layer technique that even shows veins beneath the skin, from a distance you might… » 2/17/14 10:20am 2/17/14 10:20am

An RC Snowplow Lets You Shovel Your Driveway From Your Living Room

This six-wheel-drive remote control robot snow plow is the best thing to happen to snowy mornings since able-bodied kids desperate for an allowance. Powered by six 24-volt 127RPM electric motors, its 52-inch wide blade can clear a sidewalk in one pass, and your driveway in no time, all from the comfort of inside your… » 2/10/14 11:20am 2/10/14 11:20am

LED Blades Turn This RC Toy Helicopter Into an Airborne Messenger

Sometimes well-placed propaganda is the strongest weapon of all. So the folks at Brando have come across what could be the most dangerous RC toy ever devised, armed with an extra spinning rotor that displays custom messages. Because a foam arrow to the eye doesn't hurt nearly as much as the revelation that "Jason… » 12/02/13 6:20pm 12/02/13 6:20pm

A Cheetah-Like Tail Lets This RC Car Make Sharp Turns Without Rolling

Cheetahs aren't just the fastest animal on land; they can also turn on a dime thanks to a long tail that serves as a counterbalance when cornering. So it makes perfect sense that if you want to improve the handling of a man-made vehicle, you'll slap a cheetah-like tail on the back. And that's exactly what researchers… » 11/12/13 12:40pm 11/12/13 12:40pm

Power-Ups and Crash Damage Make These RC Cars a Real-Life Mario Kart

Griffin isn't the first out the door with an RC toy that uses your iPhone as a remote control. But it is the first company to come up with some compelling ways to use the iPhone's touchscreen for more than just steering. Its new Moto TC Rally car is packed with sensors that detect crashes and impacts affecting how… » 11/07/13 3:40pm 11/07/13 3:40pm

How a 1940s’ Hollywood Star Helped Make Wireless Technologies Possible

Did an exotic actress from Vienna, considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood in the 1940s, really invent wireless? Not exactly, but the non-sensationalized facts of the matter are no less fascinating, involving Hollywood, the World War II Axis Powers, and remote control technology. » 9/18/13 7:35am 9/18/13 7:35am

The Tiny Model Jets At This RC Air Show Are Still Incredibly Thrilling

Putting those cheap RC toys you can find at a department store—and even the model kits from a hobby shop—to shame, these incredibly detailed scale model fighter jets look almost as intense to fly as the real thing. In fact, racing through the skies they're almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing too. » 9/17/13 1:00pm 9/17/13 1:00pm

A Tiny Folding RC Helicopter That Squeezes Into Its Own Controller

If there's one thing kids like more than toys, it's toys small enough to sneak and bring wherever they go. And while RC cars and choppers have gotten remarkably small over the years, this particularly tiny helicopter from Docooler one-ups them all with a clever folding design that lets you store and transport it in… » 9/16/13 3:20pm 9/16/13 3:20pm