Lightweight iOS enabled Bluetooth helicopter is tons of fun on the cheap
One of the greatest things about smartphones and Bluetooth-enabled tablets is the sheer amount of crazy gadgets that go along with them. You can control lights, air conditioners, cameras and more, all from your iPhone or iPad -- but what about things that are designed for fun? What about Bluetooth-enabled toys? Today, we're here to tell you about one of the most fun gadgets we've had a chance to look at, Griffin's Helo TC Chopper.
Xtreem debuts new 3-inch drone toy
Xtreem, a range of remote controlled toys designed by Swann, has announced the release of its new Atom RC Mini Drone. Focused on precise maneuverability, the drone uses an infrared signal to communicate with its joystick remote control, which offers eight-way multi-dimensional movement, and heights of up to 100 feet in the air. The helicopter's Li-poly battery provides up to four minutes of continuous flight time, and can be recharged via its remote control or by plugging it into a USB port. Priced at $40, the Atom Mini RC Drone is available at Fry's.
SmartSound offers annual subscription
Desk Pets International has launched a special edition TankBot that includes a new battle mode. The battle mode builds upon the existing three modes, which allow the TankBot to autonomously solve mazes, free roam around a room or be controlled by an iOS or Android device. During the interactive battle mode, sensors on each device detect when fired shots connect, and after a set number of hits the losing bot is disabled. The special edition TankBot is a Brookstone exclusive and can be purchased for $25.
Also has IR-based autonomous mode
A new toy for kids and robot enthusiasts called TankBot from Desk Pets International offers infrared sensors that allow the micro-vehicle to navigate mazes, and a universal remote that plugs in to the headphone jack of an iOS or Android device and, with a companion app, allows users to control the unit using virtual "dual joystick" (iOS) or directional arrow (Android) steering. The TankBots also play sounds and blink when idle, and feature three modes of play.
'iNo' iPod trivia game
Sababa Toys has unveiled iNo, a game system built specifically for Apple's iPod that makes music trivia a social and interactive activity. The object of the game is to demonstrate knowledge of music by guessing the album, artist, or song that plays when an iPod is placed into the dock. The iNo game system includes a music player, four electronic wireless remote controls that stop the music as well as lock out other players when activated, and four color-coded scoreboards that keep track of players' right and wrong guesses. The iNo includes six AA batteries and is on sale at Target.com for $100.
Sega mind-controlled toys
While Nintendo's Wii continues to soar off game store shelves with its intuitive motion-sensitive controls, Sega Toys and NeuroSky look to do one better and are teaming up to produce mind-controlled toys, using wearable bio-sensors to monitor brainwaves, courtesy of the latter company. NeuroSky says that this is Sega's latest venture in "taking play to the next level", and that with the ThinkGear bio-sensor, it will achieve just that. Unfortunately, neither company commented on what upcoming ideas to which they are applying the technology.