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How About A Flying Hovercraft

May 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Outdoor Gadgets

Flying Hovercraft

 

If you’re an outdoors fan, and you’re looking for a better way to get around over water and land, you have to check out the Flying Hovercraft by Universal. Most hovercraft elevate just a few inches above the water and barely skim over the surface. The flying hovercraft is different.

Leveraging the aeronautic principal known as the “ground effect”, the flying hovercraft glides over water and land at a cruising altitude of 2 to 6 feet and can fly at speeds of 75 mph and more. The good news is that operating a flying vehicle in “ground-effect” does not require a pilots license. But you will need to register the flying hovercraft as a boat.

The flying hovercraft presents interesting possibilities for many commercial applications and is a great idea for the tourism industry if you want to offer outdoor enthusiasts a new and different experience.

The integrated wings enable the hovercraft to literally fly over water and land. Powered by a 130 horsepower twin-cylinder, turbocharged and fuel-injected, liquid-cooled gasoline engine. Propelled by a 60 inch wood and carbon composite propeller and an 1,100 RPM 34 inch lift fan inflates the durable vinyl-coated nylon skirt to hover above the ground.

The flying hovercraft can operate in fresh and saltwater environments and can maneuver over sand, grass, mud, swamp, desert, ice and snow at up to 30 percent inclines. The wings and horizontal elevator allow the pilot to literally hop over land or water based obstacles with the ability for brief 20 foot high jumps. These types of obstacles are usually insurmountable for normal or typical hovercraft,

You pilot the flying hovercraft with a joystick that controls three vertical rudders and the elevator. A twist friction-lock throttle controls forward speed. And a variable drive system controls the lift fan for hovering. You break or slow the hovercraft by lowering the lift fan RPMs which will cause the vehicle to come to rest on the Kevlar composite landing skids.

The flying hovercraft, with a low center of gravity and lighter weight composite fiberglass/PVC hull, can operate in winds as high as 25 mph and can navigate waves as high as 6 feet when in flight.

The two nine-gallon gasoline tanks hold enough fuel to enable a 160 mile range, and the flying hovercraft can support pilot and passenger payloads of up to 600 pounds. Dimensions are 19 feet in length, by 7 feet 8 inches wide, by 6 feet 6 inches high, and weighs 1,100 pounds.

At $190,000, the flying hovercraft may be out of reach for most people, but if you have the budget, this fun outdoor gadget will undoubtedly draw lots of attention and place you in a class of your own.

AvailableHammacher

Price: $190,000

Buy the Flying Hovercraft from Hammacher Schlemmer

Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 by Elenco Will Inspire Your Child’s Imagination

January 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Electronic Gadgets, Toy Gadgets

Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 by Elenco

 

At Mint Gadgets, we’re on the hunt for the latest innovative gadgets and gizmos of all kinds, anywhere we can find them. So where do all these great gadget ideas and inventions come from anyway? Well, we like to think that educational toys like the Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 by Elenco play an important role in inspiring our kids of today with the knowledge and skills they need to grow up and create the great gadgets and inventions of tomorrow.

So we think the Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 by Elenco qualifies as a world class toy gadget that will entertain, educate and thrill your kids through the discovery of electronics.  With the Electronic Snap Circuits kit, you can provide your child with an exciting and valuable introduction to electronics. Who knows, you may be paving the way for a brilliant electronics engineering future for your child.

The Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 kit includes over 60 color-coded electronic circuit components that snap together to create actual functional electronic circuits and devices. The kit is recommended for children 8 and older and right on the package it lists the suitable age range as 8 to 108. I guess that’s another way of saying “suitable for kids of all ages” and that includes the kid in all of us!

The Electronic Snap Circuits Kit includes over 60 electronic pieces and components. With these discrete kit components, you can create over 305 different electronic projects. The kit contents include:

  • Snap Wires
  • Slide Switch
  • Resistors
  • Microphone
  • Capacitors
  • Transistors
  • Diodes
  • Integrated circuits
  • Amplifier
  • Lamps
  • Audio Speaker
  • Antenna Coil
  • and more …

And you can build exciting and entertaining electronic projects like …

  • Two transistor light alarm
  • Voice controlled rays of light
  • Space war radio
  • Musical motion detector
  • Radio music alarm
  • Water detector
  • Battery polarity tester
  • Adjustable metronome
  • Laser light
  • NPN emitter – motor
  • NPN collector – motor
  • Lie detector
  • Delayed action fan
  • Time delay circuits
  • AM radio
  • Burgler alarm
  • and more …

The projects are easy to follow and assemble. Each electronic component easily snaps together on the block circuit grid board, no soldering required and no tools needed. The component pieces are numbered and color-coded to make them easy to identify. And each project includes a large color illustration with simple directions that make learning about the fundamentals of electronics and circuit construction easy, fun and educational.

The Electronic Snap Circuits projects are presented in order of complexity from the most simple to the more complex. This helps kids build their skills and understanding of electronics as they proceed through the manual, step by step. Once kids have begun to master some of the fundamentals and skills, they can actually use the kit components to experiment on their own and build customized electronic circuits and devices. There are also a series of Snap Circuits accessories and upgrades to extend and expand the capability of the kit and add additional projects.

The Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 kit even has a feature to connect the electronic circuits that you build to your PC computer, and with the supplied software, turn your PC into an “oscilloscope” so you can see the electrical activity between any two points in the circuit. Now  that is very cool!

As a parent, the Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 kit is the perfect opportunity to introduce your child to the wonders of science and provide an education in the fundamentals of electronics and electronic circuit  design. And you’ll have hours and hours of fun interacting with your child through the creative learning process. It’s no wonder that Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 by Elenco has won several awards including the “National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval”, “Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products”, and “Dr Toy Best Educational Products”.

AvailableAmazon

Price: $30.33

Buy the Electronic Snap Circuits by Elenco at Amazon

The Smartphone Controlled RC Helicopter

Smartphone Controlled Helicopter

 

At Mint Gadgets, we love radio controlled helicopter gadgets. Here’s a new twist that caught our eye, a remote controlled helicopter that is controlled by a smartphone.

The Smartphone Controlled RC Helicopter works with your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone device. You simply download a free app to you iPhone, iPad or Android and your smartphone becomes a remote control that communicates the remote controlled helicopter using the built-in wireless radio. Your smartphone wireless radio is able to control the helicopter up to a range of 60 feet.

The remote control app for flying the Smartphone Controlled RC Helicopter uses the motion-sensing accelerometers that are built into your smartphone device. This allows for easy and natural remote control by enabling the simple tilt and pan of your smartphone to precisely control the radio controlled helicopter’s forward, backward, left, right, up and down movements. The remote control app also provides a visual direction and speed indicator, and a convenient swipe of your finger controls the throttle.

The Smartphone Controlled RC Helicopter has a horizontal tail rotor that works in tandem with the two contra-rotaing coaxial main rotors to keep the helicopter balanced during flight. This innovative design enables easy flying and remote control, no more frequent crashes typical of many RC helicopters.

The Smartphone Controlled RC Helicopter comes with a rechargeable battery that provides approximately five-minute flight times from a 60-minute charge using the included USB charging cable. Suitable for kids ages 14 years and up.

AvailableHammacher

Price: $99.95

Buy the Smartphone Controlled Helicopter from Hammacher Schlemmer

Syma GYRO S107G Mini RC Helicopter

January 5, 2012 by  
Filed under RC Helicopter Gadgets

Syma S107G RC Helicopter

 

One of our absolute favorite category of gadgets at Mint Gadgets are the RC toys or radio controlled toys (sometimes referred to as remote controlled toys). Maybe these ingenious little remote controlled devices just bring out the kids in all of us. Of course, that is if you can pry these RC wonders away from your kids long enough to play with them yourselves.

RC technology has improved as manufacturers are able to miniaturize and pack more capability into these devices. One of the truly exciting RC toys we’d like to feature here at Mint Gadgets is the Syma GYRO S107G Mini RC Helicopter. This is one of the newest, smallest and most light weight RC helicopters you can find!

The Syma GYRO S107G RC Helicopter is about 7.5 inches in length. As you can see from the picture above, it literally fits in the palm of your hand. But it’s the gyroscope technology that makes this new generation of RC flying helicopters really exciting. The gyroscope technology makes this RC helicopter much easier to fly and maneuver. No more constant crashing and losing control which winds up damaging your RC helicopter. And this means far less need to constantly order all those replacement parts to keep your RC helicopter flying.

The Syma GYRO S107G Mini RC Helicopter is perfect for people of all ages and skill levels. The RC helicopter features a coaxial rear rotor for precision maneuverability and a GYRO for significantly improved stability whether your flying with a forward motion or just hovering in place.  This improved stabilizing gyroscopic technology allows you to focus on flying and having fun, rather than the constant struggle of just trying to avoid a crash. And if you do run into a bit of trouble, the helicopter has a strong, light weight metal body so no worries about something breaking if you happen to land just a bit too hard.

The Syma mini Gyro helicopter charges directly from a USB cable supplied with the kit, or from the radio controller which holds six AA batteries. Radio controls enable you to move forward, backward, up, down, left and right as well as hover in place.

The Syma RC Helicopter is ready to fly right out of the box, no assembly necessary. Simply place the six AA batteries into the transmitter/charger, charge up the RC helicopter and you’re ready to go!

Now the best news. The reason the Syma GYRO S107G Mini RC Helicopter is one of the most popular sellers on Amazon is because you get this great performing RC helicopter at a fantastic low price. RC helicopters in this class are usually much more expensive. But you’ll be able to pickup the Syma S107G RC Helicopter for under $30. Now, what are you waiting for?

AvailableAmazon

Price: $25.90 (super discount, save $104, over 80%)

Buy the Syma GYRO S107G RC helicopter at Amazon

 

RC Solar Car – Eco Friendly Solar Rechargeable Remote Control Car

December 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Eco-Friendly Gadgets, Toy Gadgets

RC Solar Car

Every child has a favorite toy. For little girls, it’s probably a doll or a teddy bear. On the other hand, the boys typically go more for cars, trucks and guns. One toy, however, is a big hit with boys and girls alike. For that matter, even adults can’t help playing with RC Toys (remote controlled or sometimes referred to as radio controlled toys).  There’s an unspoken thrill and excitement to be able to control a small object and make it speed around the house as fast as its wheels can take it.

The one downside with these RC toys perhaps is that they tend to chew up a lot of batteries. And that’s not too eco-friendly, or easy on the pocketbook.

As an alternative, check out the RC Solar Cara solar rechargeable remote control car. This bright yellow solar car is powered by the sun’s rays which are absorbed by a solar panel located on the roof of the car. And when you don’t have a suitable solar light source available, the RC Solar Car can also be re-charged from a USB port (a USB cable is included). Even the remote control panel also charges using the solar panel on the car, simply plug the remote control panel into the port on the car’s back bumper and it will re-charge from the solar panel as well.

With the RC Solar Car, you have full maneuverability from the remote with forward/reverse and left/right steering control. The RC Solar Car is recommended for kids eight years of age and up. But don’t kid yourself, the adults can’t keep their hands off this little amusement either (must be the kid in all of us). And what better way to teach your kids about environmental responsibility with this eco-friendly RC car at the same time.

RC Solar Car – Charging and Play Times

Solar Charge:

  • 30 minutes solar charge  gives you 5 minutes of power
  • 1 hour solar charge gives you 10 minutes of power
  • 2 hours solar charge gives you 15 minutes of power

USB Charge:

  • 1 hour USB charge gives you 20 minutes of  play time

 

Get the RC Solar Car that runs on sunshine. Very affordable at a price of £24.99, your kids will enjoy hours of entertainment, and you’ll enjoy the savings when you don’t have to buy or replace all of those batteries.

AvailableIWantOneOfThose

Price: £24.99

Buy the RC Solar Car at IWantOneOfThose

 

 

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