Soon to go public Xiaomi is known for many things. Among what it is known for, it has known as the jack of all trades. Some even go as far as to ridicule it as the provision goods of the tech world, but the Chinese company remains undaunted. Another thing that the company is quite known for is, its blatant copy of existing products. While the mobile division has moved on and embark its own design perspective, we can’t say the same for the rest and that includes its toys. Continue reading Is This Xiaomi Truck Building Kit A Blatant Copy Of LEGO Technic?
Furze and Burton may have built a full-size Kylo Ren TIE Fighter which a grown-ass man can get in and pretend to fly it. Allan Carver’s TIE Fighter may not fly. It may not even of life-size (it is not small either though; it is about 1/3rd scale), but one thing for sure is, it is totally mobile and it can also fit a grown-ass man inside, albeit with not much room to so much as to wiggle. Built with reference to a vintage Kenner toy, Carver’s electric TIE fighter is driven by electric wheelchair motors and features a foam body over a custom steel chassis. Continue reading Rideable Electric TIE Fighter Is Every Star Wars Fans Dream Come True
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?
More famously known for creating an accurate Iron Man suit James Bruton AKA XRobots has, by the request of his daytime job’s boss at Bladez Toyz, create something that‘s rather intriguing. James was asked if he would like to take up the challenge of upsizing the Hot Wheels Drone Racerz Car which the company is promoting and not surprisingly, he took it up with gusto. A few weeks on, the 25 times larger version of the remote control toy was born. It looks exactly like the real deal, right down to the remote control. It even has a titling drone upper section, powered by a separate motor, which will give it the edge in speed just like the actual toy version. Continue reading Hot Wheels Drone Racerz Car Just Got Upsized by 25 Times By A Brit Inventor
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?
So, you think transforming Transformers toys are cool? Wait till you see one that transforms without you manually going through 15 head-scratching steps to turn from a vehicle to a robot and vice versa. Apparently, a Beijing-based robotic/toy company called Senpower has developed R/C Transformers toys that can transform themselves. Yup. You heard that right. Automatic transforming Transformers. Sounds like a gargantuan task, you say? But really it is not. Already there are folks who make real car transforms into a robot, I am sure toys are totally doable too. Continue reading Auto Transforming R/C Transformers Toys Need To Happen, Like, Right Now
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?
Kids these days are a lucky bunch. Because, not only do they get to play with RC version of Lightning McQueen, the protagonist car who’s born to race in Disney’s animated flick Cars, but also, watch him express himself. Confused? Allow me explain. You see, the Ultimate Lightning McQueen from Sphero is not your run-of-the-mill remote control toy (it’s Sphero, ya’know?). It is expressive, very expressive – thanks to a a 210 x 120 LCD display that provide him with animated eyes, as well as soft plastic incorporated at the mouth area, which works together to allow McQueen to be emotive as he spits out 300 different phrases and McQueen reacts to your touches too. Continue reading Sphero’s iPhone-controlled Lightning McQueen Goes All Out Emotive
LEGO bricks can build wonders, including an assortment of aircrafts, but have you ever thought about this: are those aircrafts aerodynamically sounds for them to take to the skies? I bet you didn’t think much about it. Well, me neither, but one dude by the name of Adam Woodworth, AKA ajw61185 (the same person behind the Nerf ball-shooting RC A-10), not only pondered about this lesser asked question, but took it upon himself to put it to the test. But there’s a twist here: Woodworth did not make bricks fly; instead, he build a large replica of his favorite childhood LEGO airplane set called Solo Trainer. Continue reading A Giant LEGO Flying RC Aircraft Is Not Quite LEGO, But Awesome Nonetheless