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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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Sifteo interactive intelligent blocks are like smart dominos

Sifteo interactive intelligent blocks are like smart dominos

There are still bunches of people out there that like to play board games with real pieces rather than digital and electronic games on a computer or game console. A company called Sifteo has a new concept that combines digital play elements and physical pieces that bridges the gap between a board game and a digital game with a cool set of intelligent digital blocks known as Sifteo Cubes.

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Tie Knot Water Balloon Filler is a summer must have gadget

Tie Knot Water Balloon Filler is a summer must have gadget

It's HOT in Texas in the summer. I mean really hot. Fat hairy dudes are banned from walking in the grass during droughts out of fear the friction might start a forest fire. That means that many people end up doing something with water to keep cool. My kids always want to have a water balloon war. The problem is neither of them can fill their balloons.

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Power Up puts electric motor on paper airplanes

Power Up puts electric motor on paper airplanes

I used to build paper airplanes a lot as a kid. I once tried to graft one of the rubber band propellers from those little balsa wood planes you could get at the store onto the paper planes with no success. I was never able to get the balance right and the planes always crashed. A cool new gadget called Power Up has broken cover that will give you an electric engine for your paper airplanes.

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