Like Christmas arriving every year, so too doesÂ Daily Planet‘sÂ â€œHigh-Tech Toysâ€ week. Airing next Monday to Friday at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery Canada, the five days spotlight the outrageous, mind-blowing and exciting gadgets and gear of the year.
Yes, the Transformer Car, Teal High-Speed Drone, ClimballÂ and PancakeBot all look coolâ€”and will be featured next weekâ€”but how do they rank withÂ Daily PlanetÂ co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin? And what are their other favourite toys of 2016? Note: there are only 24 days left to shop for them, so get moving!
Boombox Painting: Thereâ€™s nothing better than being able to combine art, music and technology, and all three come together perfectly in the Boombox Painting. So what is it? Well, at first glance it looks like a painting of an old school boomboxâ€”framed and everythingâ€”but the surprise is that the speakers are real! The company, Case of Bass, designed a shadowbox that contains all the gear so that the painting becomes a functioning speaker system that plays music via Bluetooth. Probably the best way to describe the aesthetic is that itâ€™s super retro-futuristic.
Climball: I love the Climball because I often have to get tricked into doing exercise, and this is one very clever way to do it. Basically, it turns you and your game partner into a human version of the game Pong. The climbing wall tracks your movements and projects a virtual ball right on to the wall so that you compete against another player. It blends gaming and sportÂ and certainly takes climbing indoors to a whole other level.
RC Surfer: Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve seen plenty of RC cars and RC planes, but one thing you may not have seen is an RC surfer. At just over 30 centimetres tall, the board and rider are perfect for the tiny waves that lap along the beach shore. Riding along the beach breaks however, the tiny surfer looks like itâ€™s cruising through massive barrels. With a hollow design, the board automatically rights itself, allowing you to rock it like youâ€™re in Point Break, without any of the wipeouts.
Flybrix Lego Drone: Like most kids, I grew up with Lego, and year after year Iâ€™m amazed by what these little blocks are able to create. And in keeping with the times, Lego has come up with a â€œmake your own drone kit.â€ Connected via the Flybrix Bluetooth Flight Control App, now you can customize your own mini-drone and watch your ideas literally come to life, and take flight.
LeTrons Antimon:Â Leaping right out of the pages of comic books, the LeTrons Antimon is a real-life Transformer car. On the outside, it looks like a BMW 3-series, but the car can stand upright like an Optimus Prime! In its standing position, the â€œcarâ€ is able to move its robotic arms, fingers and even turn its neck and head. The future is really here friends, and on “High Tech Toys” week, we promise youâ€™ll get more than meets the eye.
The Teal High-Speed Drone: Itâ€™s a quadcopter droneÂ like youâ€™ve seen all over the place by now, but this one is, (A) fastâ€”like 120 kph fastâ€”and, (B) open to developers who want to put their own spin on it. The folks at Teal envision an app store where developers share different ideas about how to make this drone hardware interact with games, utilities, and more. This high-tech toy isnâ€™t out yet, but weâ€™re watching this team make it happen.
Chariot Skates: These are like rollerblades, but bigger. Each skate has a giant wheel in front (as high as your knee) that rolls on the outside of your foot while you move. That allows your skates to handle rough terrain in a way no other skate possibly could. It also means more dynamic stability from rotational momentum, and thus a very different feel. Iâ€™m looking forward to trying these on this year. Bets are in on whether the fracture will be tibial or femoral.
PancakeBot: Pancakes are perfect, but now they can be â€œperfecter.â€ This Norwegian invention takes pancake batter as ink, extrudes it through an arm, and onto a hot grill. The result is pancakes shaped like the Eiffel TowerÂ or really anything you want. In fact, you can even use your kidsâ€™ drawings as templates! You could even make a picture of a mandrake with a headache performing a jailbreak to get to a clambake on your pancake!
SeaXplorer: Itâ€™s an icebreaking luxury yacht from Damen in the Netherlands. The idea is to make even more of the world accessible than what those other billionaires get to see. This thing can take you from the North pole to the tropics to the South pole, and give you every opportunity to explore along the way. Itâ€™s fully equipped with SCUBA gear, small excursion watercraft, and more. This thing even has two helicopter landing pads, so if you and your significant other canâ€™t agree which glacier to heli-ski from, you wonâ€™t have to bicker. (Helicopters not included.)
e-Go aeroplanes: This takes it up a notchâ€”a personal one-seater mini-airplane. Itâ€™s like the â€œMini Cooperâ€ of airplanes. A propeller on the back pushes your carbon-fibre craft through the air with grace, but with enough punch to let you do a flip or two as well. Then when you land, the wings and canard come off so you can fit this thing in your garage. Itâ€™s perfect for supervillains, superheroes, and Daily Planet co-hosts. (Are you listening, Santa?)
Which of the toys Dan and Ziya have chosen would you like to see under your tree on Christmas Day? Comment below!
Daily Planet‘s “High Tech Toys” Week airs Monday, Dec. 5, through Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery Canada.
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