by Brent Dirks
October 18, 2012
Just in time for the holiday season, Griffin Technology is adding to its fleet of iOS-controlled toys. To go along with its HELO TC helicopters, the company has announced two new ground vehicles. The pictured MOTO TC Monster uses a Bluetooth connection to an iOS device. Controlled by the free MOTO TC Monster app, available to download in the App Store now, the truck can be driven in four different ways. Touch control allows users to maneuver the vehicle using a virtual steering wheel and throttle on the iOS device’s display. You can also control steering by tilting the device or sliding a finger across the display. With the tracks options, users can drive with a series of preset routes already configured in the app, including figure eights and track laps. The MOTO TC Monster is available for $59.99 and can be ordered directly through Griffin now. Available in mid-November for $29.99, the smaller MOTO TC Racer is a car that can be controlled with a built-in RF transmitter. Users will need to plug a corresponding transmitter into the headphone jack of their iOS device. The car can be controlled with an on-screen steering wheel and throttle or by tilting the iOS device. Control will be through the upcoming MOTO TC Racer App. Both vehicles will require devices running iOS 5.0 or later. I’ve had a great time with Griffin’s HELO TC Assault Helicopter, and both of these new ground vehicles look like a lot of fun as well.