DJI Phantom – To Crash Or Not

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When I saw it for the first time in action, I couldn’t believe how cool it looked and best part its built with the GoPro in mind. I have had it since it was first available for preorder and when I got it in April its been sitting in a box up until yesterday.

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This is probably the easiest Quadrocopter to fly in the market, with a lot of fail-safes on how it will react, but doesn’t make it dumb proof or wind proof. It’s a smart drone with all the settings this machine is capable of, I’m surprised it doesn’t have artificial intelligence at this stage and all of it in this very nicely design white case.

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I just decided to open it up and put it together, whether I crash it or not will be up to how careful I am flying it for the first time. I also got this ridiculous ballistic case to pack everything in bag and take it with me where I need it. And the Phantom is packed snugly inside with a lot of batteries, as well as the Go Pro and spots for its batteries. I have seen some beautiful videos shot with the Phantom and thats what I’m planning to reach at least with this quadrocopter. I just hope I don’t crash it.

For all your DJI Phantom needs you can find it at Gulftronics, they even have the new Zenmuse Gimball for the GoPro Hero 3. I’m going to practice with mine before installing the Zenmuse, and that I’m really looking forward to.

Link: Gulftroncis

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TRAXXAS XO-1 RC CAR

This is just ridiculous, I didn’t even think that an RC Car can go this was, Traxxas make some fun RC Cars but this one is above and beyond what they have come up with. This is RC Super Car is even faster then a Real-life supercar, and its expensive for a RC Car too price at $1’150 which is on the high side. It’s capable of 100 mph speeds and boasts a 0-60 time of just 2.3 seconds, thats insane. The X0-1 features an aerodynamic body, a big block brushless motor, an integrated speed, RPM, temperature, and voltage telemetry system that works with an iPhone or iPod touch mounted in the controller’s docking base to give you unheard of control over your mini-ride, and heavy-duty AWD drivetrain so you don’t burn the thing up in the first weekend. From the looks of the video below you really do need a race track to drive this car, if it hits the wall at the speed its capable of say good bye to $1’150.

Link: Traxxas

Review: Sonos CR200

I am a happy user of the Sonos Multiroom music system, and the best part is the consistent quality of music. I bought it when I had the larger CR100 remote which had a click wheel and wasn’t touch screen but extremely durable. Now with the CR200 Sonos has really made advancements in the remote technology and user interface is so much better then before and smoother to work with.

The best part of the new user interface is the new search functionality which makes it very easy to go through large collections of music. You can type in what your looking for and it does a smart filter of possible matches as you are typing. Sirius and other music services are fantastic to work with on this unit, better then even the desktop software. Its smooth and seamless and I get to access all my Sirius music without a hitch and changing between them is easy enough.

I have the Sonos application running on my iPod touch but the difference is that the Sonos CR200 runs on the Sonos mesh rather then the wifi, so if wifi doesn’t reach its working on the mesh network of the music units. The feel and quality of the unit is unsurpassed, very good feel with a solid build and high quality screen. This unit is worth every penny for something of this quality and experience.

Link: Amazon
Price: $349
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Guns On Wheels!

I have always been a fan of the E-Maxx R/C Truck, now with this option I would want one. Night vision camera, radio controlled crazy R/C with mounted Mini-Canon. I know I have seen some mean machines on robot wars on Discovery Channel but this machine is so cool and agile, you really have to get your aim right with it to hit the target.

A scary little beast that can cause you a lot of pain without being scene. And it can zip in and out to any location at 50 mph, the target won’t see it coming, your worst nightmare on wheels. I can see many applications for this little monster in the shaleh, check out the youtube video after the break.

Link: YankoDesign


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My Toy Company – Tamiyaa RC Cars

After Mark‘s visit of the place I had to go check it out, I had the urge to take a look at some RC cars before futoor and luckily they are open from 10 am to 1pm and 5 pm to 12 am. They are odd hours but work out nicely, and its just as Mark described it, the place is huge, its an RC Car enthusiast’s dream come true. They moved it up to the 1st floor right next to Rouche Boubios, not exactly sure of that spelling though.

They have all forms of cars which are ready to race or the buildable ones. The ready to race cars range from 70KD up to 180KD depending which model you take, size and speed have a matter as well, and that doesn’t include that you can get accessories for them and improve them. I was tempted to get a small one which looked really cool and is meant for drifting but I thought I would think about it for now. And then there were the models which had to be built and you can get those in gas or electric and those range from 250 KD up to 600 KD plus with lots of different configurations and types, and some of these machines can go faster then most consumer cars.

There were so many spare parts available for all kinds of vehicles, and you can customize them in many ways. As Mark stated you can have a building area as well as a paint booth and a photography booth. Then they are building a track on the roof right next to them which is going to be huge and perfect for those drifting cars, they can even make some interesting jumps for those off-road machines, I’m curious how they are gonna design the track. This is all located in Tilal Center in Shuweikh right after City Center on Pepsi Street and opposite Home Center.


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Flytech Bladestar

R/C Helicopters are always fun, tried one recently but I seemed to crash into people and walls a lot. WowWee who are the makers of Robosapien have come up with the perfect helicopter for fun indoors. The Flytech Bladester has a 12 inch wingspan and sensors, once you get it up in the air it moves way from walls, ceilings, objects, and other things which might stop it from flying. It can stay hovering in its spot without any control from a person, if you get to close it hovers away based on its sensors. I would want to try this out sooner rather then later, it looks like it would be a lot of fun.

Price: $90

Link: WowWee