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MicroFly Tiny R/C UFO makes for super small fun

MicroFly Tiny R/C UFO makes for super small fun

If you're one to indulge in a semi-useless gadget every now and again, you'll be delighted to hear that you can now get your hands on the MicroFly Tiny R/C UFO for a real bargain. Not to mention, it's just plain cool.

This little toy is really small and hovers around for your amusement. With just a 10-minute charge, the gizmo will fly around for between 5-7 minutes. Featuring a single propeller, this little UFO spins around in the air and has a flashing blue LED light.

To control it, all you have to do is slide the control up and down. That's all there is to it. You can use more than one MicroFly on the same remote, however, so you could control your own little UFO army. The only drawback is that they require 6-AA batteries. You can get the MicroFly Tiny R/C UFO now for $19.99.

Make your own Mech practically

Make your own Mech practically

Well, the practicality of it might be a bit exaggerated, but its by far more practical than an 8 story tall mech standing in your back yard as you build it. Basically this guy gave his computer chair working legs.

LG Zenith DTT900 converter

LG Zenith DTT900 converter

So just about everyone knows that next year they are switching to digital television signals, it’s the reason this whole 700MHz auction is such a big deal. Anyways, when they do, you more or less have 2 choices, buy a new TV or get a box much like this one.

The boxes are set-top boxes that convert the digital signal back to analog. Those of you resistant to change can get a $40 coupon to go towards one such box like these.

Helicopters that would make Dr. Evil Proud

Helicopters that would make Dr. Evil Proud

Mainly because they have frickin’ lasers. So, laser tag is fun. Flying RC helicopters is fun.

Combining the two with RC helicopters that shoot, and receive, laser beams just like laser tag, well that’s Head-Explodingly fun. The fun is only compounded by the fact that a laser hit makes the copter spin out of control and crash.

Amazingly small Robots from Sandia National Labs

Amazingly small Robots from Sandia National Labs

Just imagine a swarm of robots attacking you, each of them on your own, you could stop with two fingers, but a whole swarm, and you’re done. Well they aren’t quite attack robots, but they are small, less than an ounce in weight and under a quarter-inch cubed in volume.

Is it just me, or do those “treads” look like small rubber bands? Anyways, they are really small and only run off three really small watch batteries. And the whole swarming thing, yeah, that’s how they are supposed to work, but its to accomplish various tasks, not to eat you alive.

WowWee Dragonfly takes flight again

WowWee Dragonfly takes flight again

If the last video of the WowWee Dragonfly Robot got you salivating, how about another from the makers themselves? Taking off from a meeting table and then fluttering around a selection of their other robots, it's hard to believe that this is going to be a commercially-available toy.

It turns out that credit for the original design must go to a high-school student - and now part of the WowWee team - Sean Frawley, who will in fact sell you the plans for his elastic-band powered Ornithopter kit for a mere twenty bucks.

I can't wait to have a go of this myself!

Robots Rule [via Street Tech]

Take Off and Landing Flight Trainer RC Plane

Take Off and Landing Flight Trainer RC Plane

We’ve been paying a lot of attention lately to RC toys, so here goes another one worth a look. The “Take Off and Landing Flight Trainer Plane” from Hammacher Schlemmer, is a 1/10th scale electric plane that can taxi and take off under the power of its twin engines instead of hand-launching like with other beginner RC planes.

The twin engines provide double the power for take-off, propel the plane up to 20mph (200 mph scale speed), and allows easier steering for first-time flyers. A two-channel transmitter controls climbing and descending while the thrust-vector steering guides the plane through turns by adjusting the amount of power to each engine.

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