While scientists dream of making the world less polluted with electric propulsion, one dude in the 1950s dreamed of using seawater to power boats. His bold dream was featured on Mechanix Illustrated Aug. 1954 issue. Using saltwater and different metals to generate electricity is a theory that has been thrown around for a while now. Over the years, someone from somewhere had mooted the idea (which wasn’t original in the 1950s, btw), but we have yet to see a real life example after Ralph E. McCabe bold experiment. But thanks to YouTuber/Tinkerer Peter Sripol, you can see it for yourself if the theory holds any (salt)water. Sorry for the lousy pun. Continue reading Today’s Science Lesson: Can Saltwater Really Drives A Boat?
During the recent Model-Hobby-Spiel Fair in Leipzig, Germany, something caught our attention and it wasn’t the regular R/C models. Instead, it was a bunch of futuristic racers, or The Phantom Menace‘s Podracers to be precise. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace may have failed us, but the image of Anakin Skywalker’s Podrace had many enthralled. It was possibly the best scenes in the entire show. It had all the elements many geeks love: adrenalin pumping racing, futuristic flying racers, and shrewd aliens. Lets not forget about that. All thanks to today’s advancement in micro motors, Podracers are now a reality. Or at least, it is as far as R/C is concerned. Continue reading R/C Podracers Are Real, Can Someone Make Life-size Versions Already?
Talk about too fast, too crazy. Here’s one R/C aircraft that makes a jaw-dropping 727 kilometers-per-hour, or 451 miles-an-hour. At that speed, it is effectively supersonic proportional to the scale and it is definitely one R/C aircraft reserved only for the elite (remote control) pilots. And by that, I mean that the pilot has to have some serious quick hand-and-eye coordination. The model in question is a delta wing R/C Speeder “Inferno” and the propulsion responsible for its insane, recording-breaking speed is a hobbyist turbine jet, Turbine Behotec 180. Continue reading Watch An R/C Plane Breaks 450 MPH, Well, That’s If You Can Actually See It
Now that Land Rover have pulled the plug on Defender production, your only hope of getting one is a used variety. Used or not, Defender by itself is not cheap and that’s not to mention stretching it to its potential is not something you can do everyday. Which is kind of a shame because, Defender is pretty much the king of off-roading. Period. However, for ‘just’ $449.95, you can get yourself a scale replica, complete with radio control goodness lent to it by a 2.4 GHz 4-channel TQi radio. With this scale version, called, TRAXXAS 1/10 Scale TRX-4 R/C Land Rover Defender, you need not sleep in your garage to stare at it all day long. You can just ‘drive’ it around whenever, wherever – even in your living. But of course, this thing is like the real-deal; it likes the great outdoor. Continue reading TRAXXAS 1/10 R/C Land Rover Defender Because, Who Wouldn’t Want One?
Up till this point, an RC vehicle with first-person point-of-view, shoots projectile and records the action is something of a dream machine for kids and adults alike. That is the kind of rig reserves for the tinkerers and the pros like the Game of Drones, but thanks to Hasbro’s Nerf, that dream is soon to become a reality – without the need for us, amateurs, to tinker with anything. Absolutely nothing. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrarscout RC Drone, as it is called, is ready to strike out-of-the-box – complete with tank-like threads to crawl over the most punishing terrains your office or backyard has to offer and the best part about this little guy is, it lets you unleash Nerf’s foam darts from its 18-dart clip shoot Nerf’s foam darts at unsuspecting enemies from a safe distance. Continue reading Nerf’s RC Dart-shooting Tank Is Ready To Strike From A Safe Distance This Fall
The next big thing in entertainment is upon us. We are talking about the biggest movie event of the year, the seventh instalment of the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens which will be hitting the big screen in less than a month’s time. Riding on the hype are businesses, but there are also fans like Michal Miszta (aka The Model Maker), who filled the ‘gaps’ that commercial entities have missed with Rey’s Speeder that actually flies. As a 3D printed custom quadcopter based on the gravity-defying Speeder that Daisy Ridley’s Rey uses to zip around, scavenging for parts, Miszta’s iteration clearly can do more than just skimming feet above the ground. Continue reading The Model Maker Creates A Real Flying, Quadcopter-based Rey’s Speeder
The fun of hobbyist drones are hampered by battery life. I mean, 10 minutes may seem like eternity if you don’t have clue about flying or don’t know what you are doing, but for the rest, 10 minutes may feel like a minute or two. That’s the problem the new Parrot Bebop 2 Drone solves. The new-generation Bebop doubles the flight time of its predecessor, offering up to 25 minutes of flight and it is also significantly faster, capable of zipping around at 37 miles an hour as you go about recording in 1080p with its 14MP fisheye-lens camera, stabilized by a software image processor. The thing about Bebop (this or the previous version) is, it has a fixed camera, which means it is more suited for first person flying then to do actual aerial-to-ground imaging. Though it does allow for virtual panning, executed through the video beamed to your mobile device over WiFi. Continue reading Parrot Second-Gen Bebop Imaging Drone Is Faster And Flies Longer
RC cars have its limitation. It can’t get over obstacles, but B Remote Control Flying Car solves that quite easily with massive wheels and if the object is too much even for big wheels, it can always fly over them. But what if the terrain is too brutal and you would still like to traverse over it anyway? Well, for that, there’s the B-Unstoppable, the world’s first Tank Quadcopter Hybrid Drone. It shares the same concept as the company’s first RC flying car and that is the ability to transform into a vertical take-off quadcopter at the flick of a switch found on the included 2.4GHz transmitter. However, the similarly pretty much ends there because B-Unstoppable, as its name suggest, is kind of unstoppable as a land-going vehicle – thanks to the adjustable tracks. Continue reading It’s a Tank. It’s a Quadcopter. No, it is a Radio Control Flying Tank!
We have seen Star Wars-loving, radio controlled hobbyists trying all they could to make iconic Star Wars fighters come to life as remote controlled aircraft on Planet Earth, but those are just, well, too complex for some folks. Lucky for those who are not as apt in crafting a foam into a X-Wing Fighter, Millennium Falcon or TIE Fighter and stuffing the myriad of electronics in there to make them take to the sky, there are the Pico-Falcon Star Wars RC Toys to content with. Yes. They are based on Bandai Namco’s CCP popular Pico-Falcon cute RC flyers and yes, they don’t look as serious as their actual movie counterparts, but because of the latter, they are classified as adorable toys and you wouldn’t frown upon cute little things, do you? At least we don’t. Continue reading Pico-Falcon Star Wars RC Toys Let Your Dream of Flying Iconic Star Wars Fighters a Dream Come True
These days, companies big and small can design and make drones, but if you really look at it, innovation is usually not at the top of these makers’ priority. But not for commercial drone maker CyPhy, whose first consumer drone, LVL 1, literally reinvented multi rotor drone with Level-Up Technology that enables the drone to fly level as oppose to pitching forward (or backward) to do so. It is a breakthrough in drone flight technology which, since no pitching is present, allows LVL 1 camera to do away with complex and often heavy gimbal system, plus it also promote easier handling since the pilot will not experience tilting of any form. And if ever wanted to do some aerobatic, you can always disable Level-Up to execute loops and rolls. Continue reading CyPhy LVL 1 Drone Achieves Level Flight without Pitching Forward, Can Be Yours for $500