Our editors have compiled a list of the “Top 5 Strangest (or Coolest) Tech Toys” for your enjoyment. Which ones are your favorites?
5. Record Runner
Grand-Illusions shows off this interesting gadget called the “Record Runner” — basically a toy that replaces the turntable.
Underneath the car is a needle that will sit in the slot on the record. Switch the car on, and it travels around the record, playing the record as it goes. Within the car is a small amplifier and a speaker
The HydroFlyer could be the strangest radio-controlled toy ever. It runs on water, grass, hard surfaces, and can even fly. [Source]
3. TileToy – LED Puzzle Game
TileToy is “a modular, electronic game prototype for tangible LED game tiles” — consisting of four 2-inch squares, each with an LED matrix system.
Each tile is controlled individually and can be used to transmit information on its own or in groups of several tiles. The assembled tiles transmit wirelessly their individual position in relation to each other and based on that changing information, a central computer, or a dedicated tile runs the different applications.
2. Shocking Tanks
These radio controlled tanks are equipped with an infrared-cannon for shooting your opponent’s vehicle — when hit, the controller sends out an electric jolt.
Winning a match requires five successive hits to your opponents tank. LEDs built into the tanks indicate the score. Handy wrist straps are built into each controller so that when you shock your boss and he freaks out and drops his controller, it won’t hit the floor