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Swann Quad Starship brings RC flight back to basics

Swann Quad Starship brings RC flight back to basics

Today's remote control vehicles - like the Swann Quad Starship - aren't like the simple wired-and-one-way cars of the past. What we've got now are machines that do just about anything, controlled with your smartphone or remotely, flying, diving, and driving like mad. The Swan Quad Starship only does a few of these things - it's essentially a return to the basics (with flight intact).

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PowerUp 3.0 lends power and control to homemade paper airplanes

PowerUp 3.0 lends power and control to homemade paper airplanes

New York-based industrial design manager and pilot Shai Goitein has given his PowerUp paper airplane motor a giant upgrade. First launched in 2011, the PowerUp module could turn a standard homemade paper airplane into a longer-flying, propeller-powered machine. But there was no accelerating, banking, climbing or descending, and it could only fly for 90 seconds. Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 technology, Goitein's module can now do all this and more -- and you can now control it with your smartphone.

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Official Android Figurines Series 4 unveiled: Dead Zebra strikes again

Official Android Figurines Series 4 unveiled: Dead Zebra strikes again

There's no doubt now that the folks at Dead Zebra have a solid combination of style and pop-culture connection on their hands with their officially licensed Android Figurine series. They've been released waves of these guys for several years now, finding their way in to Google device releases (the official first showing of Honeycomb) and international conferences (CES 2012, MWC 2011) alike. They're on their 4th series now, coming in smooth with a caveman, gold, and burger for good measure.

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TobyRich SmartPlane auto-stabilizes smartphone-controlled flight

TobyRich SmartPlane auto-stabilizes smartphone-controlled flight

The German company TobyRich has launched a smartphone-controlled "smartplane" designed specifically for people who couldn't fly a plane if their lives depended on it. Aptly dubbed "SmartPlane", this gadget-and-app combo automatically adjusts the plane's trajectory and speed to stay in the air no matter how new you may be to the world of radio-controlled model fixed-wings. Its body is even designed to protect the propeller if you manage to end up smacking it into the ground anyway.

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3Doodler hands-on: 3D printing for the mass market

3Doodler hands-on: 3D printing for the mass market

Kickstarter success 3Doodler proved there was a market for 3D printing without the geek requirement, but can crafting in the third-dimension really be as easy as wielding a hot nib? True, you won't be creating any replacement machine parts, but with a $99.99 price tag that's probably no surprise. We caught up with the $2.3m funding success at ShowStoppers at IFA 2013 to try our hand.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids takes child-friendly tablets mainstream

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids takes child-friendly tablets mainstream

We've had our fair share of looks at child-friendly tablets in the past: they've never really found their way to the main showroom over the past several years. Something must have struck a note for Samsung, on the other hand, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has appeared this week complete with yellow coloring and a bright orange bumper. This device works with essentially the same hardware as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, only here coming with a series of accessories, unique software, and that lovely eye-searing tone.

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LEGO Minecraft Sets “Nether” and “Village” appear at SDCC

LEGO Minecraft Sets “Nether” and “Village” appear at SDCC

So you'd like to get just a tiny bit closer to the second and third Minecraft LEGO sets to appear as part of the company's CUUSOO initiative, would you? Lucky you, SlashGear is live in effect at SDCC 2013 and LEGO brought both sets out to see. Though we're not going to actually get to play with these little amalgamations of gaming crossover magic, their cuteness remains highly apparent, even behind glass.

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DIY NERF Sentry Gun requires the gun, a motor, and a laptop

DIY NERF Sentry Gun requires the gun, a motor, and a laptop

Planning on bringing up your NERF gun game this summer and are simply stuck for what to do now that you've got the NERF Vulcan at home? Tired of actually pulling the trigger yourself? This week the folks at Instructables have decided it's high time NERF got automatic and made with the conjuring: full on rapid-fire motion-tracking toy projectile firing the likes of which won't be cheap, but won't produce regret, either.

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