Hot Wheels Is Making R/C Tesla Cybertrucks

While hundreds of thousands of people put down a $100 deposit for an opportunity to buy Tesla’s Cybertruck when it eventually goes into production, I’d bet that only a small portion of those people will actually end up buying one when they find out the true retail price. If you’re looking to buy a Cybertruck, but have a more limited budget, then check out these miniature versions from Hot Wheels.

Mattel and Tesla partnered up to create two tiny Cybertrucks, both of which can be remotely controlled. There’s a 1/10th-scale version ($400) that looks nicely detailed, and can hit scale speeds up to 250 mph. It’s got an all-wheel drivetrain, along with a telescoping tailgate that folds out to form a loading ramp just like the real truck. It even comes with a removable cracked window vinyl sticker because someone involved in the project actually has a sense of humor.

Then there’s the smaller 1/64-scale Cybertruck ($20), which isn’t as detailed, but still looks like fun. It’s a two-wheel drive miniature, and can hit scale speeds up to 500 mph. Best of all, it’s right-sized to race on any Hot Wheels track, so you can do loop-de-loops in this truck. Just like the real Cybertruck, both of these vehicles run entirely on batteries.

Both models are expected to ship in December, 2020. It looks like the larger version has already sold out, but Mattel is accepting names on a waiting list in case they decide to make more. The smaller Cybertruck is still available for pre-order as of this writing.

[via The Verge]

This R/C Turkey Has Four-wheel Drive

It’s Thanksgiving day, and there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday than with some delicious, stuffed turkey. And while you might yours stuffed with cornbread and celery, I like mine stuffed with lithium-ion batteries, motors, and wires. Yep, what you’re looking at is an off-road-ready turkey on wheels.

This crazy turkey on wheels was built by Wayne Stang back in 2012 as a decoy to attract a real turkey that he and his family could enjoy at the dinner table. The Robo Turkey rides atop the drivetrain and suspension of a Mad Torque Rock Crawler truck, making it capable of handling some seriously rugged terrain too. Apparently, the wheeled bird has been quite successful at luring in real birds, too.

If you don’t feel like building your own R/C turkey, it turns out that Boeckmann Decoys actually makes one you can buy right off the shelf, called the Mobo Gobbler:

[via Farm Show]

R/C Frilled Dragon Puffs Out Its Neck

I’ve always been fascinated by those crazy looking reptiles that can puff out their necks to scare off predators. But I don’t have the time or patience to take care of a living, breathing lizard. Now, you can enjoy all the thrills of a frilled dragon, with none of the pesky cricket feedings.

This silly looking remote-controlled toy has a lizard-like body, and has the ability to puff out its neck with the push of a button. It can move around autonomously, avoiding objects and changing directions, and can be set to follow a hand placed in front of its face, or lurk about waiting to scare off any threats.

You can grab one of these electric lizards over at Hammacher Schlemmer for $39.99. Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually crawl like a lizard. Instead, it’s got wheels on its underbelly, and it legs and webbed feet are just along for the ride. Eh, what do you want for forty bucks?

Keg-A-Droid Is a Remote Controlled Beer Keg

Finally, a robot that can bring me a fresh beer on tap. What you are looking at is the Keg-A-Droid from SuperDroid Robots. Yes, it is a remote-controlled beer keg and tap on wheels. Who needs R2-D2? Sure you can help fly an X-Wing, but where’s my beer?

The R/C beer-delivery robot can be steered to wherever beer is needed. Which just happens to be wherever I’m standing. The Keg-A-Droid can carry a slim 1/4th barrel or 1/6th barrel keg inside a 1/2 barrel sized keg shell which can be filled with ice to keep the inner keg cold. When the ice melts, just unplug the drain to let the water out, and refill it. The prebuilt Keg-a-Droid also comes with a tap mounting post, keg tap system, and drip tray. Sure, $2,400 is a bit steep, but we are talking beer delivered to you whenever you need it. You can’t put a price on some things.

Just wait for the bot to arrive and fill up that empty pint glass and enjoy. 2019 is finally becoming the amazing modern world that was promised to us. Seriously, this is the droid I’m looking for.

[via Dude I Want That via Geekologie]

The U Safe Is a Remote-controlled Life Preserver

Typically, when you use a life preserver, you just throw it to the man overboard and hope for the best. If you suck at throwing, the person being rescued has to swim further to get to the life preserver, and that can put them in danger for longer. If only we could guide the life preserver toward them. Well, now we can.

Meet U Safe. This remote-controlled life preserver from Noras Performance will make it easy to get the life preserver to its subject. You just toss it in the water, and guide it to a person in need using a remote control. It’s light and easy to maneuver. Once they grab on you can guide them back to safety. Its electric motors can guide it up to 3 miles on a charge, at speeds up to 15 knots.

This is something that will save lives for sure, assuming that people aren’t using them for life preserver races while someone is busy drowning, anyway. It’s for safety people. It’s not a toy.

How about that super dramatic music used in the promo video? It really gets me pumped up to save lives with this thing. I may just throw someone overboard just so I can experience the thrill of it.

[via Geekologie]

Learn to Build a Robot with This Raspberry Pi Robotics Kit

Learning the intricacies of robotics may sound like a major hill to climb, but these SunFounder Raspberry Pi Robot Kits change all that. They let your start exploring the wonderful world of robots for just $149.99 (USD).

The PiCar-V is an open source robot learning kit with a Raspberry Pi 3 board at its heart. The kit includes all the circuits, wiring, motors, and other hardware you need to build the car and it for a drive with your PC, phone, or tablet. Best of all, the simple wiring and provided Python code makes it a breeze to learn.

Whether you’re looking to make robotics your career or hobby, this is a great place to start. Get SunFounder Raspberry Pi Robot Kits for $149.99 in the Technabob Shop.

Giant LEGO Space Shuttle Can Actually Fly

Many fans fondly remember LEGO set #1682, the Space Shuttle Launch. It was released 27 years ago, and is a classic. Well, last month Adam Woodworth created a tiny drone version of LEGO’s shuttle that could fly indoors, which was cool enough, but now he has created a larger version that can fly like an RC plane.

This version flies pretty well. Woodworth is actually an aerospace engineer, so it is no wonder it takes to the sky so easily. This shuttle is five times as large as LEGO’s original, and its made from 9-millimeter-thick foam sheets instead of hundreds of plastic bricks, which would be way too heavy. The motors were mounted to the moving elevons on its wings, which gives it better maneuverability in the air.

NASA needs to bring back the shuttle program, but this time it should build its ships from LEGO.

[via Sploid]

Finally, A Literal Fire Truck

Fire trucks, by their very name, should start fires, not put them out. So tinkerer PeterSripol upgraded a toy fire truck with a functional flamethrower so that at least one these vehicles can live up to its name. And boy does it ever. This thing is all about the flame.

He not only added the ability to spew fire, but also upgraded the cheap toy’s R/C components. Now it has better speed and steering capabilities. All the better to burn things with. This thing just zips around in a trail of fire and burns everything in its path.

There should be a Transformer that does this. I might watch those Michael Bay movies if there was.

[via Sploid]

Indominus Rex Robot Wants to Eat Your Other Dinosaur Toys

Jurassic World was one of those silly summer popcorn flicks, loaded with destruction, dinosaurs, and cheesy dialogue. In other words, I loved it. One of the highlights of the movie was the giant dinosaur with the silly name – the Indominus Rex. Now you can own a robotic version of I. Rex to wreak havoc on your action figures.

The robot is designed to patrol, hunt, and explore its environment, and can be programmed using the included remote control. It’s even got infrared sensors in its nose to detect and react to hand movements. And as it moves, it belts out roars and growls just like the real fake dinosaur from the movie. The dino gets particularly nasty if you mess with its tail.

You can get your hands on the Zoomer Dino World Indominus Rex toy over on Amazon for just $79.94(USD)