Toys for all ages

Hi, Geektimes! Do you know many people who can say "last weekend the weather was bad, but his "bird" set"? In addition to professional pilots, of course. But the opportunity to try yourself behind the wheel everyone has a tech geek and do not need to receive special training with an instructor. As you probably guessed, today we will talk about toys, not only about the aircraft: those that cause delight even adult men. If with the introduction and the intrigue was a bit much, welcome under kat.

Since we started with planes, here are some details ("the first aircraft" has not been canceled). Wingspan 580 mm, brushless motor 1404, the range of control up to 300 meters — all this describes the plane XK A600 DHC-2. In fact it is a close copy of the DHC-2 Beaver, which is that water does not sit down. This aircraft for those who want so take and suddenly you can fly, not thinking about the fact that a slight wind will break all plans.

Although it looks simple, in fact, the DHC-2 is hiding a whole bunch of technologies. In the first place is trichosia stabilization and a unique system of 6G, it allows the aircraft not to pay attention to the small gusts of wind. Four-channel transmitter with 2.4 GHz technology transmits the signal with high accuracy without interference: you can easily go to competitions and not be afraid that someone else's signal interfere with your flight. Well, the powerful motor not only provides quick acceleration, but keeps the speed at the expense of what this plane can perform various stunts from superelevation and spirals to the barrel and fighting turn.

The remote control is equipped with joysticks, but a screen that helps you monitor the status of the aircraft. To achieve greater distance handling it, you can upgrade to Air six-channel Futaba T6J S-FHSS.

A single charge (30 to 60 minutes) will last about 10 minutes of flight time — more than enough. But the main advantage of this aircraft is the price, which with this set of possibilities will surprise not only the adult geek, but those who want to make a gift to your child's birthday.

Find amusement not only in the air. To accelerate to 55 km/h on water will help RC boat FeiLun FT011, who is not afraid to run even in open water (but still worth doing it with care). This model with brushless motor 1750KV 5027 equipped with an advanced speed controller 65A and can including to move backwards.

Remote control 2.4 GHz wireless remote range up to 150 meters, the length of the boat is an impressive 65 inches. The casing is plastic, but durable, panels from parts that are resistant to water. The main thing — if the boat suddenly turned over on a sharp turn, swim for her to go is not necessary — the opportunity to return the boat to its original position provided with the remote control.

Enthusiasts have time to try out the boat in the field — looks impressive.

On the regular battery, the boat will travel about 6-8 minutes, but if you increase the standard 2200 mAh battery, at least up to 300 mAh capacity (there is such a possibility), you can achieve more impressive results. The kit, by the way, just put a few spare screws, if suddenly faced with a serious obstacle at high speed. In the meantime, the toy will not be used for the purpose, will be able to stand nicely on the shelf on a special stand.

The cost FT011 can not be called high similar boats under 20 thousand rubles, and here the optimal ratio of price and quality. But if you still want something simpler, you can take a boat smaller it will give the speed, but distance control will remain unchanged.

Or there is still like that, just a toy option, but is able to dive under the water. Adults will not be able to break away that much to say about children.

Back in the sky? The last 2-3 years one of the main companions of the boom was the drone. Someone started professionally racing drones, and other new devices adapted for aerial photography, but in most cases the quadcopters to buy for fun, good simple models cost less than a thousand rubles. The camera on this, of course, will not fix it, but the fly will be enough.

The Golden mean here, perhaps, is the drone WLtoys Q333. Equipped with a camera, looks impressive (very similar to the DJI Inspire) and is acceptable. Commutator motors, landing legs have three positions, which can be changed with the remote control, is powered by a proprietary battery with a capacity of 2 000 mAh.

The drone flies smoothly and steadily, acrobatics on this does not work out, he created another. A bunch of brushed motors, gears and large screws allows the quadcopter to stay in the air for about 10 minutes for 30 seconds to discharge the battery it will warn you that managed to land.

The camera records video in 720p, if desired, for example, to secure the smartphone and display the picture on it. In General, Q333 long been known as one of the best drones cost about $100, so it is not just another no-name Chinese Quad.

Air and water is well and good, but how we travel on land? If cheap and cheerful, Wltoys A999 — typewriter with proportional control. Managed equipment 2.4 GHz, operating range of about 100 meters, a maximum speed of 25 km/h copes with the obstacles due to the soft wheels, but for racing and off-road better suited buggy here and suspension, and four-wheel drive and a maximum speed of 50 km/h. the Model is waterproof, so you can easily drive through puddles and nothing to fear.

Adult toys not just limited to radio controlled models even if we are talking about advanced devices. Admit, I ever to build your own robot solar? There is a simple and inexpensive way that will be interesting not only for adults but also for children 4-6 years old — helps to understand how it works solar energy. From one set you can make a robot, helicopter, windmill and many more. It is still a discount on it.

And here's another funny thing — a time to kill, and antistress in an interesting manner to. Manufactured using 3D printing, is quietly placed in his pocket, the principle of operation is simple, but the "sticky" for a long time. Here's how it works:

Well, this is a real hit the last few months. Than to touch the handle, pull the legs, or locking it all away in the headphones, it is better to use the "magic cube." Here is a set of tools for stress relief — if you are tired of one, you can switch to another, there are many color versions. Helps, by the way, if the mind no ideas, and come up with something you need urgently. They say that so Faraday invented his law of electromagnetic induction (actually not).

Another original accessory for your desktop — magnetic hourglass. Instead of the usual quartz sand in the glass bulb is magnetic chips coarse fraction. The stand is mounted a large magnet, whereby it is at the bottom of the flask and does it very effectively. The surprise of the colleagues provided, the more there is a useful component you can switch attention to the clock during prolonged work at the computer, eyes to get some rest.

What is a normal MiPad from Xiaomi, but in fact a real robot? Yes, transformers-cars and motorcycles we have already seen, but in robot "transformed" tablet... the idea is interesting, just a few minutes MiPad is an original toy. In the assembled state it is, of course, differs from the original tablet from Xiaomi, but at least a cool robot that does not. You can buy two and have a real battle! Especially now it's 65%.

If you look in the direction of these robots (Yes, the electronics inside and control with your smartphone), Xiaomi MITU — a win-win. In the "brains" of the robot chip, gyroscope, sensors, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, battery. You can collect anything from a dinosaur and a robotic mechanism to the vehicle, spaceship and all that will only be capable of imagination.

Is robot with a capital letter. Programming Xiaomi MITU is carried out using a set of commands on the smartphone, the robot supports the assignment of values to variables, mathematical and logical operations, and so on. It works with microcontroller ARM Cortex M3 (STM32) with 32-bit infrastructure, has 32 MB flash memory (by the way, very good result) and the battery 1 700 mAh battery that provides up to 12 hours on a single charge. In General, the review of this cool stuff was already in the blog Gearbest, so we will mention, perhaps, support for Android and iOS — of course, to control the robot by using the mobile app. So MITU is cheaper than many peers, but now he's on a sale, so skipping is not advised.

If you look in the direction of simple and intellectual games, here I want to mention a puzzle, which are based on magnetic beads. Since each bulb can be separated from the overall design, you can create the most incredible shapes and arrange competitions that enough imagination. Myself and a gift — the most it. Here's video of how it all works:

And, of course, what the modern child should be without virtual reality — budget and practical solution offers SHINECON in the form of a VR helmet with a remote control. 8-layer lenses, special protection against exposure to the screen of a smartphone, reliable and convenient design. For my money it's almost the best offer in the market.

By the way, we already wrote about the VR-helmet Pimax P1 4K — here is a review, if missed.

As you wish, but we couldn't leave this collection without continuing the classics — toys "Tamagotchi." No matter how old you are, taking care of a virtual pet with the help of this device causes the same delight in both adults and children, even if the latter is in full "spire" toys on the tablet.

There is probably more interesting toys for the geek than the "pumping" of his house. This will help the sensor of temperature and humidity from Xiaomi, which operates in conjunction with a Multi-functional Gateway. And if you pick up this case a couple of motion sensors on Windows and doors so all the beauty. How to use all this in mind, we recently told in the blog.

As you can see, there are things besides love that too for all ages. Often a seemingly simple accessory is hiding a new detail of the interior, assistant in stressful situations at work or just a toy for the output location, which is not ashamed to tell my friends and colleagues. After all, they probably have the same.



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