Our editors have compiled a list of the “Top 5 Strangest (or Coolest) RC Gadgets” for your enjoyment. Which ones are your favorites?
5. R/C Golf Ball
This radio-controlled golf ball has a little spinning gyro inside that when activated, causes the ball to “spin off in random directions”. Available now through IWantOneOfThose for $24.13.
All you have to do is make sure you’ve completely charged the golf ball in its neat little charging cradle, switch on the transmitter, and select the frequency band shown on the ball. Push or pull back the control shaft on the transmitter to drive or vibrate your golf ball and wait for the inevitable laughs
4. XB30 R/C Digital Camera Spy Plane
This plane has a built-in digital camera that can take up to “26 aerial photographs” at the push of a button. Transferring the images to your computer is a breeze, just detach the camera, and connect to a USB port. The XB-30 is powered by electric fan engines with a wingspan of 55 in. and is 34 in. long. [Source]
3. Floor It!
Floor It! brings the arcade car racing experience to life. It’s currently being developed for Mattel. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.
“The radio controlled cars sense and react to arcade racing style course conditions like oil slicks, turbo power-ups, water hazards, and more. The Floor It! race cars are controlled with a realistic free floating steering wheel.”
2. Picoflyer – World’s Smallest R/C Helicopter
With only a 60 mm rotor diameter, the Picoflyer is the world’s smallest RC helicopter. It’s roughly the size of a 9V battery, weighs 3.3g, and has a flight time of up to 1 minute.
Key benefits of the helicopter: Absolutely stable without the use of any gyros or autopilots. There are no servos, actuators, rods, links, gears or other moving part. The whole helicopter is operated and controlled by 3 electric motors. Forward flight is achieved by tilting the helicopter with the tail propeller. The rotor blades are encircled by a ring that supports and protects them. It is silent, the mechanical drives and the rotors generate very little noise