When the folks at Griffin were choosing a mythical creature for which to name their company1, they might have gone with Janus instead, to better reflect the schizophrenic nature of its offering: serious computer accessories vs. frivolous toys.
That’s not to say that the toys are bad. On the contrary, Griffin’s iOS-controlled choppers look amazing. And now they’re joined by these remote-controlled monster trucks.
I have mixed feelings about remote-controlled cars. The promise is awesome, but whenever I scrounged up enough pocket money to buy one, it was slow, had a crappy radio range, and the batteries dies after what seemed like a few minutes (and this was before I’d even heard of rechargeable batteries).
Like everything else in the world, though (apart from cops shows), tech-toys have improved greatly since the 1970s, and the $60 MOTO Monster is powered by its own built-in NiMH battery pack. It is also controlled by Bluetooth, meaning that you need to spend a minimum of $200 to get an iOS device to drive it.
Still, it looks worth it. Not only can you control the truck with on-screen virtual sticks, you can also tilt to steer, use a finger to slide over the screen in the direction you want the truck to take or – best of all – let it run automatically on pre-recorded routes (you can record these yourself).
Now you can just go grab a coffee while the car chases the cat all by itself. How’s that for modern-day convenience?
The MOTO Monster is available now.
We know that the company was actually named for founder Peter Griffin, who went on to sell the company and star in the sitcom Family Guy. No need to e-mail us.↩
- Source Griffin Technology