Yes…we know that it’s Black Friday; but why should that stop us from getting excited about what sales await us is three days? While Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday is the day that Amazon sells the most products–and that translates into huge savings for those strong enough to resist the temptation of today’s great deals. Amazon will be offering huge discounts on everything from toys and electronics, to tools and fashion. Have we piqued your curiosity? Click past the jump to see where your money will be going in less than 72 hours…
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I’m a sucker for RC…especially when it comes to quad-copters.
LaTrax has teamed up with the folks at Traxxas to bring you the new Alias high-performance quad-rotor helicopter. Featuring four powerful motors, a 2.4GHz radio with LCD display, a Lipo battery, LED lighting, and 3 flight modes, the Alias is not only ready to enjoy right out of the box, it’s also versatile enough to please RC helicopter beginners as well as pros. The Alias comes in 4 colors and retails for $149–but the best part? The LaTrax Alias has full product support and a lifetime warranty for all of its electronics through Traxxas. We can’t wait to get our hands on one–but until then, you can click here to learn more.
While the rest of the world knows Swann for its excellent line of home security and surveillance products, those of us with maturity issues like to think of Swann Security as the company that puts out all of those cool RC helicopters. Today. my not-so-inner child is all smiles, as Swann has introduced its latest flyer…and this one drops bubble bombs!!
You read that right. The appropriately named Bubble Bomber may look like your average mini RC copter, but once airborne, the Bubble Bomber is actually able to drop “bubble bombs” with a mere flick of its 2.4GHz wireless remote, thanks to an on-board bubble reservoir. As far as the rest of the copter, Swann’s built-in gyro should keep the BB steady, and the rechargeable Lipo battery is good for an impressive 7 minutes of continuous flying. We’ll have our full review (all in the name of science, of course) once our Bubble Bomber arrives, and you can check out the full PR after the jump.
Sure, it’s fun to read all of the latest tech news and reviews; but while in your car, wouldn’t it be easier (and safer) to simply listen to us? Well you can…on YourTechReport Radio–every Saturday at 1pm Eastern on SiriusXM channel 167. On this week’s show, Marc and I will fill you in on Samsung’s new Galaxy Round–the first smartphone with a flexible display; we’ll also be giving you the latest news from Apple and Microsoft, as well as answering your questions in our “You Asked for It” segment. For those without a SiriusXM subscription, we’ll be posting the show right here after it airs.
Hasbro has launched a brand new Monopoly game with one really distinct feature: It can be played in under 30 minutes. The newly launched children’s version uses a “first-past-the-post” system–which means a player can win by simply collecting a certain number of assets, as opposed to forcing other players into bankruptcy. While Monopoly purists may balk at the new version of the game, anyone who has ever been a part of an endless game of Monopoly with their children is sure to be cheering right now. Hasbro vice president of marketing Jonathan Berkowitz says the new Monopoly was a result of feedback from parents and children, who say “they want a quick in-and-out, frictionless gaming experience.”
We have 2 words for you Hasbro: Thank you.
Though the LaTrax name may not sound familiar to some, RC purists will remember the brand as a pioneer in the hobby through the late 70′s–and thanks to a new relationship with Traxxas, LaTrax is back with their new 1/18 scale All-Wheel Drive Rally. With a new focus on premium features and sub $200 price points, the LaTrax Rally is Ready-to-Run and “Powered by Traxxas;” which means your not only getting Traxxas’ legendary quality, you’re getting their lifetime warranty and support as well. Featuring a 2.4GHz radio, independent suspension, waterproof electronics, 1200mAh battery and more, the $149 price tag seems like a steal–and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. We’ll have more details for you when our review unit comes in; but until then, you can click here to visit the LaTrax product page for all of the details, including dealers.
ThinkGeek has come up with some pretty cool gadgets over the years, but this one may be the coolest of all: An app-controlled 3D printer that brings your creations to life using Play-Doh. Simply fire up an app on your iPad or Android tablet, create your design, push a button, and watch your creation come to life in glorious Play-Doh!
Ok…by now you may have noticed that it’s April 1st, and sadly, the Play-Doh 3D Printer doesn’t really exist…yet. But here’s the good news: ThinkGeek has actually brought their April Fool’s products to market on more than one occasion–so who’s to say that we won’t be printing with Play-Doh in the not-so-distant future?
Click past the jump for the full April Fool’s press release, as well as a list of other ThinkGeek products we’d love to see.
Sure…Swann may be best known for its security monitoring solutions, but they also make some great RC gear–and the new Sky Duel Helicopters may be their coolest release yet. Featuring not one, but two gyro-stabilized helis and transmitters, Sky Duel copters let you take your battle to the air with a friend and “fire” IR blasts at each other; when hit, you’re treated to flashing lights and sounds–and if you take enough damage, your Sky Duel is knocked out of the sky. Thankfully, Swann promises these guys are built to last, and 7 minutes of flight time should keep the airborne carnage going; we’re also impressed with the $79 price tag (remember, you’re getting 2 ready-to-fly copters!) . We’ll have our review units soon, so make sure you check back–until then, you can click past the jump for the full PR.
Let’s face it: it’s hard to enjoy your RC vehicles without properly charged (and maintained) batteries–and the Traxxas EZ-Peak Plus is known as one of the better chargers out there. Well, the EZ-Peak Plus just got a boost as Traxxas has announced a new temperature sensor that attaches to your batteries, and will now give your charger the ability to cutoff power when the max temperature that you set has been reached (you can also monitor the state of your battery visually, courtesy of the charger’s LCD display). The new Temp Sensors will work on both NiNM and LiPo packs, and are available now from Traxxas for $10.99…and you can check the full release after the jump.
Origami was one of the first hobbies I really got into, and I’ve been folding for the better part of twenty years. I like making toys–and being the sci-fi geek that I am, most of my patterns are based on spaceships and robots. I got bored a couple nights ago and shot this video of my hovercraft model.