Tomy has figured out a new way to stretch your geeky toy budget. No longer do you need to throw away hundreds of dollars on a separate RC car, boat, and quadrotor. They’ve mashed all three into one crazy vehicle.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the 水陸空 — which Google Translate figures is “amphibious sky” — RC. Tomy’s going to start selling it in Japan next month, where it’ll retail for about $100. No word yet on whether or not we’ll get our hands on it here, but let’s hope so. It looks like a lot of fun:
So how do you build an RC vehicle that can do all this? You start with a quadrotor design as a base: keep it light, and slap on enough propellers to keep the thing aloft. Then you add a pair of thin axles and four tires to tackle the trails. Keeping curb weight down isn’t easy once you throw in a drivetrain — and that’s why Tomy didn’t do it. The props provide all the horsepower, even when you’re doing donuts in the dirt.
Clearly Tomy’s got the air and land part covered, but what about water? Well, if you make the wheels out of a nice, buoyant material, the whole thing will float quite easily. As long as the power source (six AA batteries, in this case) is sealed against the elements you’ve got an RC that’s just as capable in the sea and air as it is on land.