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Rumors that Gran Turismo 6 will be available for the PlayStation 3 this holiday season have just been confirmed.
It may be a little early to be shopping for Christmas, but Desk Pets has released its CarBot which allows users to fully control the toy car with an Apple iOS device, or an Android-powered device.
Gentlemen, start your felines. In a hilarious marketing campaign, the developers behind the XLR8 app that makes acceleration noises as you drive, strapped an iPhone to their kitty and sent it running.
But imagine we told you you could build your very own Scion FR-S… for free! Sound too good to be true? Sadly, it is.
Rather than metal and rubber, Toyota racing partner Gazoo Racing has released a paper version of the GT 86, that you can build yourself with some scissors, glue and maybe a Japanese-to-English dictionary (considering the instructions are all in Japanese).
Head over to the official Toyota UK blog to download the templates and maybe even win a prize.
Have you always wanted a muscle car or exotic but budget and necessity mean you end up driving a compact or minivan? Well, 2XL Games has a solution, namely in its XLR8 smart phone app.
By downloading it your smart phone, XLR8, reproduces the sounds your vehicle’s engine makes under acceleration, cornering and braking but with a twist. Instead of a buzzy four cylinder, the exhaust note sounds like a muscular V8 running a high-lift cam and open exhaust, perfectly matched to your car’s acceleration, cornering and braking.
It does this via accelerometers and a GPS system inside your iPhone, Android or other portable device. By hooking up the phone to your vehicle’s sound system in much the same way as a MP3, simply choose the app and press the button.
Believe it or not, the world’s largest tire manufacturer isn’t Michelin or Goodyear, but LEGO.
Each year the toy maker molds millions of little wheels and tires each year. In fact, in 2011 alone, LEGO manufactured 381 million wheels and tires with sizes ranging from 0.5-inch to 4.2-inch.
Okay, so maybe they don’t exactly go on your car, but everyone knows what LEGO is and all of us have either owned or own a set of LEGOs. The first version of the LEGO tire we know today came out in 1962 with LEGO set number 400. It quickly became LEGO’s quickest best-seller with 820,400 of them sold by 1967.
It’s crazy to imagine that before LEGO made its own tire, clever builders would construct their own out of existing blocks. Thankfully LEGO was smart enough to acknowledge the need for its own tire and the rest is history.
Hot Wheels is finding new ways to make their toys relevant and fun again, this time around launching a new product line called the iNitro Speeders which allows the user to control their little car through an iPhone app.
Similar to what you’d find with a standard remote controlled car, the iPhone app features your standard dual-stick controller but also takes advantage of the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer to control the car. Even cooler, you can use the app to choose a predefined driving route or draw your own pattern and watch it come to life with the miniature car.
And even though you can control the car with a standard remote control that’s included, taking advantage of the iPhone app really makes it different and fun. It comes with an infrared module that plugs into the iPhone’s headphone port and after you calibrate it you’ll be good to go. Lastly, the app has a built-in racing game that you can play without the remote controlled car, giving kids and young adults (like us) a little bit of everything to enjoy.
Some boys never outgrow their toys… and for those kids who refuse to grow up, there’s the Carrera Slot Car Race Set.
Since 1963, Carrera has been one of the world’s most prestigious slot-car makers, and this newest offering is sure to have kids of all ages excited. Your cars will fly around the 29 1/2′ track that comes with plenty of challenges that will test your racing skills, including two loops, two lane changes, a flyover, and a 180º high-banked curve. And because it’s made from durable ABS plastic, it will be able to stand up to years of intense racing.
The Carrera Slot Car Race set comes with two detailed 1:43 Formula One Ferrari cars (inspired by F1 drivers Fernando Alonso’s and Felipe Massa’s cars), and these cars use a specially designed double-contact brush to ensure a secure connection to the track for consistent control during a race. When you’re flying around the track and you feel the need for more speed, each handheld control comes with a boost button for 25% more power. To keep you honest, the set also comes with an automatic lap counter.
You can buy the Carrera Slot Car Race Set for $99.95… and please be sure to share turns with your kids.
[Source: Coolest Gadgets]
Elliot Handler, the Mattel co-founder and inventor of Hot Wheels died on July 21 at age 95 of undisclosed causes. Handler also invented the Barbie doll with wife Ruth Handler and created Hot Wheels after searching for a product that would appeal to boys. Hot wheels debuted in 1968 with a line of candy-coloured hot rods, with special fast spinning wheels. Mattel says that 41 million kids have played with Hot Wheels cars for more than four decades.
Handler was born in April 9, 1916, the second of four sons in his family, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He met his future wife, Ruth Mosko, at a charity dance in 1932, and the couple married about five years later. Before Handler founded Mattel, he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army. Ruth Handler passed away in 2002, and, survivors include Handler’s daughter, his brother, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In the last few years, Mr. Handler lived a quiet life, renting out a studio space where he would often go to paint, his daughter said.
[Source: Washington Post]
There’s nothing that quite says America than an iconic candy apple-red Chevy Camaro. No, not the idyllic America of 1950s and 60s with its apple pies, white picket fences, and Ivy League educational standards, we’re talking America of the ’70s and ’80s—long hair flowing down a ripped and torn denim jacket, a middle finger to the world, and a G.E.D. with a honors in something called a backseat education (heh, heh, heh).
If you had a Camaro then, you were the man. If you were the man, you had the car (and the chicks went crazy!). We’re talking the Neighborhood King here, dude. Everybody on the block knew which curbside (never a driveway or garage) proudly displayed the fruit of four years of backbreaking afterschool labor, lifting boxes of Swanson’s frozen dinners at the cold storage six days a week.
Sure, you still lived with your parents (in the shed out back) and you were 22-going-on-30 with little-to-no concern for what the future had in store. Didn’t matter. You were content with a pack of smokes, your (16-year-old) girlfriend by your side, and a slow ride to the big bad city.
So what happened?
You moved out of the shed and into a bachelor pad (with three or four of your buddies). You landed a job on a construction site and ended up apprenticing as a carpenter. You needed to buy a truck for that. Soon-after, you and your gal pal got hitched (honeymoon in Miami), bought semi-detached 3-bedroom and had a couple kids. Your prized Camaro? It’s been sitting on cinderblocks in the garage since Reagan was in the White House. Oh sure, you keep on telling yourself you’re going to fix it up in time for Little Johnny’s 16th birthday (he’s 8 now) but we know that’s never going to happen. Instead, you’re more likely to give in to your wife’s everlasting nagging to “Get that scrap heap out of here so we can have someplace to park the mini-van!“
So you end up putting an ad out and some young rebellious go-nowhere-but-die-tryin’ pimpled and mustachioed teen answers. His name is Reggie but his friends call him Rex, and he’s saved up enough dough from his job as night janitor (from the same high school he dropped out of). He wants a fixer for the winter so’s he can have it ready for the beach come summertime. His rolled up sleeves alone make you shave off a couple hundred bucks from the asking price and he tows your long-faded glory out of there while you stand there and nod knowingly as your clutch the fistful of hundred dollar bills. So, what to do with the money?
You go out and you buy a brand-spankin’ new Camaro of course… for the kids!
Measuring 61 inches long, 23 inches wide, and 29.5 inches in height, this electric mini road monster weighs in at 75 lbs. Top speed? 5 hair-softening miles per. Rechargeable 12-volt battery… Built-in sound-effects deck (we’re hoping it skips the sounds of bottles smashing and the shouted expletives of a Saturday night cruise to the donut shop) and an mp3 jack to blast the Styx or Stones of yesteryear or the Toy Story 3 soundtrack of today. Factory sticker of $349.95 (plus $25 shipping tax) and it’s yours… I mean, the kid’s…
It’s a small price to pay for a tiny reminder of the good times. Little Johnny will thank you.