RC Model Fan? There's an app..and a truck for that.
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RC Model Fan? There’s an app..and a truck for that.

How often have you played with a Radio Control model and thought it would be great if you could control it with your iPhone or iPad. Well DeximUSA has the answer.

It’s called the AppSpeed Monster Truck..there’s a Race car too..all you do is charge up the truck, install the app on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and you are away to the races..groan..excuse the pun ūüôā

As you can see in the video you can wirelessly control the Dexim RC vehicle from your Apple device . You can choose between a traditional touch sensor and the revolutionary gravity sensor. (Tilt your device forward, backwards, right, or left to control in gravity  sensor mode)  There is also a multiplayer mode that allows you to to race your RC vehicles with friends.

The AppSpeed Monster Truck¬†is $69.90 at Dexim’s¬†web site..and while you are there browse around and look at the other iDevice¬†apps Dexim sells.

Bob Benedetti

<p>Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal</p>

  • Michael Black

    But what’s the range?

    About 1976 a friend got a radio controlled boat, not low end but not high end either. After visiting Radio Shack to load up on batteries (it used a lot, and the chain at the time had a promotion to fill an item with batteries if you brought it in on Wednesday. Their cheapest batteries, but it was faster than the battery cards), we’d go up to Beaver Lake and try it out.

    Halfway across, the boat was out of range. So we had to wait for it to drift closer to one edge of the lake before it could be controlled again. Sometimes that meant going to the other side of the lake in anticipation of drift.

    I don’t know what the rules are now, but once upon a time there were RC licenses, so one could run higher power RC models. (Of course, radio controlled modelling came out of amateur radio, easy access to radio frequencies and the ability to construct the equipment. For some time, if one wanted to do radio control, one had to get a ham license, then finally standalone RC licenses that required no test, but required commercially built transmitters, came along. Around the CB band, but also at 72MHz.)

    There’s a lot more radio controlled models and toys out there, but the ones most visible are license free, and I assume relatively low power, like that boat 35 years ago. I assume the higher power transmitters are out there, at the now disappearing local hobby shop, but I don’t know if they changed the rules about the license. CB hasn’t required a license in some time.


    September 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      The range is 12-15m which should be less of a problem for a truck than a boat or plane.

      September 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm Reply

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