I really like remote controlled cars, they are lots of fun. I know a lot of other geeks do too. I particularly like it when other people take a RC car and hack them to use controls they were never meant to have. A new RC car control hack has surfaced that uses one of two control methods.
This is one of the coolest RC toys I have seen in a long time. The 9.5-foot wingspan flying machine looks like a Bald Eagle. This is the only Bald Eagle you can crash and play with without being arrested. Obviously with the thing selling at Hammacher Schlemmer you can bet it's crazy expensive.
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....
Here's an interesting one coming out of CES - Duck Hunter, a game that aims to recreate the classic "Duck Hunt" video game you played with a light gun all those years ago, this time in real life. We have some more info and a few more pics after the jump.
Robots are picking up quickly, just take a look at this little bugger which managed to go into a more or less unexplored silver mine in San Jose and scan the whole thing. It was equipped with a laser scanner and made more than 80 scans a day creating over 100 million data points that formed the map.
Basically what this little card does is transmit its signal through your body, clothing, whatever it has direct contact with. That means you could open doors, use printers, and other such tasks without actually having to pull out your card and swipe it.
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.
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.