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Wi-Spi video surveillance RC vehicles

Wi-Spi video surveillance RC vehicles

I'm sure there are better gadgets for spying on your next door neighbor, but they probably aren't as fun to use or play with as the Wi-Spi video surveillance vehicles. InteractiveToy has constructed both the Wi-Spi helicopter and Wi-Spi Intruder. The Intruder is a basic remote control car with a video camera built into the grill.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 revealed: 720p recording and easier flight

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 revealed: 720p recording and easier flight

Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0, the second-generation iPhone, iPad and Android controlled quadricopter, has leaked ahead of its official debut at CES 2012 this week. The four-rotor'd gadget now has a 720p HD camera which can record as well as stream footage to the new AR.FreeFlight 2.0 piloting app, a premature press release at DIYDrones [reg. required] confirms, while a new "Absolute Control" method promises to make flying the AR.Drone 2.0 even easier than before.

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BBC WiFi Dalek demos Internet of Things TV potential

BBC WiFi Dalek demos Internet of Things TV potential

The BBC has developed a WiFi-enabled toy Dalek that can mimic the on-screen actions of the Doctor Who arch-villain, though fans hoping for a living room invasion will be disappointed. The "synchronised Dalek" project, the BBC's R&D team reveals, is a proof-of-concept intended to demonstrate the Universal Control system, a way of getting internet-connected devices to perform specific functions in time with TV shows on-screen.

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Desk Pets Tankbot Review

Desk Pets Tankbot Review

When it comes to radio-controlled miniature vehicles, essentially everything has been done over the past couple of decades - but low and behold, citizens, there is more to be done, and the tiniest of intelligences is going to do it: the TankBot. What we've got here is a couple of TankBots, both of them of the same lovely two tracks and one big ol' windshield model, and a smartphone per machine that'll control them from on high. What you're going to see here is that for under $30 USD, you can have such a tiny explosion of fun that only your dog will know for sure.

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Dexim AppSpeed Monster Truck controlled by iPhone

Dexim AppSpeed Monster Truck controlled by iPhone

The iPhone has a lot of accessories on the market that will let you control other things using the phone. At first we saw universal remote controls for TV and then we started getting some cool toys like the Griffin HELO TC helicopter that you could control with the iPhone. If flying toys isn't your bag, you might be interested in this new Dexim AppSpeed Monster Truck. The little truck is controlled by an iPhone app and the gyroscope inside the iPhone.

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Wicked Lasers S3 Krypton Series is powerful enough to blind satellite sensors

Wicked Lasers S3 Krypton Series is powerful enough to blind satellite sensors

The last time I mentioned Wicked Lasers was back when it was in legal trouble with LucasFilm for making a new laser that looked a lot like a lightsaber. Wicked Lasers is back with another cool laser called the S3 Krypton Series. This laser claims to be the world's brightest handheld laser with a range of 85-miles! That means that the laser is bright enough to be seen outside our atmosphere.

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Air Swimmers RC balloons float around the house under your control

Air Swimmers RC balloons float around the house under your control

A long time ago, I had a gift certificate and I couldn't find anything cool to use it on. I ended up ordering this giant mylar balloon blimp with a remote control and little propellers that could fly around the house. The thing was cool in theory but I quickly found that it was near impossible to ballast correctly and any draft from a fan or your cooling system would send the thing crashing into something. I suspect that as cool as the Air Swimmers are it would be just as hard to control.

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Kinect hack makes monkey toy dance into your nightmares

Kinect hack makes monkey toy dance into your nightmares

I'm not a big fan of monkey toys; it all goes back to my youth and Monkey Shines with that creepy monkey beating the cymbals. This hack for the Kinect doesn't have a monkey with cymbals, but the monkey toy moves by itself and that is enough to guarantee I won't have this thing in my house. Creepy or not, this is an interesting hack.

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