Showing posts with label car. Show all posts
Showing posts with label car. Show all posts

Monday, October 23, 2023

RealRacer by Kobotix is an amazing first-person driving experience!

We have been playing with RealRacer, a first-person remote control car driving experience using a car that connects to your iOS device. We had the chance to test out two of the cars and decided to have a little fun racing around our house. My little guy and I connected them to our phones, and we were quickly able to get moving.

The cars were very responsive, and they handled great, responding to the different turns and tricks we were trying to accomplish. They were very fast and responded appropriately to the increases and decreases in speed.

The best part of the experience was that once the car was out of sight, we could still see where we were going thanks to the camera mounted on top of the car and the great video quality that the car had.

What's great is that this is a perfect car for beginners. It is quick to learn, and you also can record videos and quick pictures through the app or on a microSD card that you insert into the car.

If you want the full-blown first-person driving experience, you can put your phone into the included headset and then you're off to the races. Careful with this option, especially if you tend to get motion sickness... We don't, so we enjoyed checking it out and having a ton of fun!

If you are looking for a great gift for the holidays this year, be sure to check out RealRacer by Kobotix and add it to your list!

NOTE: We were provided with two cars to race one another around the house and really enjoyed them! No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are our own.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Keep the kids entertained with Carrera slot car toys!

Looking for a way to keep the kids engaged on something that doesn't have a screen? We got into slot car racing and the kids love it! I remember playing with a slot car set when I was a kid and don't know what happened to that set. Fast forward to 2020 when everyone is spending copious amounts of time at home, we decided to try slot car racing and it was so fun.

We got a set thanks to the great folks at Carrera Toys of America, which had cars that were modeled after two cars in Disney's movie Cars and of course my little guy wanted to be Lightning McQueen. It was so fun. 

We worked together to set the track up, which was a little more involved than I remember. The cool part about the track that we got is that it included a full loop-de-loop circle and also track raisers so that one piece of the track could go over another piece of track. We quickly learned that you have to install the track guides because if don't do that, the cars will most likely run right off of the track.

At the beginning of the pandemic in the US, the 55-year-old slot car company blew through its U.S. inventory in a month as families realized they could spend quality time building their track setup, learning how to use hand controllers to operate the miniature cars, mastering the art of taking the curves at top speed without losing the cars’ grip on the track’s guide-slots, and competing against each other for braggers’ rights.

If you've never played slot-car racing before, it's simple: you have to run your car around the track using a hand controller and be faster than your opponent without running the car off of the track! That is quite hard since the controllers are quite sensitive. Somehow my little guy was able to use the hand controller at full speed without running the car off of the track - something I was not able to do.

We played a lot with the set and one thing that my dad said would be a good thing to do would be to build the set on a piece of plywood so you don't need to keep assembling and disassembling it. We've played it a handful of times so far and it's a lot of fun - one thing to watch out for is that the track connections are very brittle and we've already broken a few of them.

If you're looking to spend some quality time with the family without being in front of any screens, we recommend that you check out slot car racing with sets from Carrera Toys of America!

NOTE: We were provided with a sample set to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided and all opinions, as always, are our own.

Friday, May 1, 2020

DORENITA is a great phone holder and charger for your mobile phone

With the new hands-free driving law that went into effect earlier this year, I was looking for a new phone mount that doubles as a phone charger for the newer wireless (qi-compatible) phones. I had the chance to test out a wireless charger car mount from DORENITA and it has proven to be reliable, flexible and has withstood the bumps and windy roads here in New England.

What I really like about the car mount is that you can attach it to your windshield, but then it telescopes quite far (just around 7.5 inches!) and can fit perfectly out of the way while still swiveling up to 270 degrees and then locking in place. If you'd rather mount it to an air vent, there is an included mount that is encased in silicone which allows it to grip to your car's air vent better than any car mount I've seen.

There are two buttons on the side which clamps the phone securely to the holder and will also release the phone for removal.

If you're looking for a car mount that is fully compatible with the recent generations of Apple and Samsung smartphones, this would be the one to get! For more information you can check them out on Amazon where the phone is currently on sale for $39.99 as of this writing.

NOTE: We were provided with a sample of the case to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Make a new family tradition at Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway! It's New Hampshire's largest holiday light show with over 2 million lights along a two mile course. Open November 20 - January 2 from 4:30-9:00. (closed 11/23, 11/24, 11/30, 12/1, 12/7, 12/8 and 12/25). Cost per car: Monday-Thursday $15, Friday-Sunday & Holidays $20. 

We have a special $2 off Coupon for you to enjoy the Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Special theme nights: Pajama Nights, Country Night-YEE HAW!, Loudon Firefighters Night, Mascot Night, College Night, Ugly Sweater Night, Christmas/Holiday Costume Night, Military Night. 

For dates and details visit Benefiting Speedway Children's Charities.

NOTE: This is a sponsored post. We plan on attending the Gift of Lights at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and will post a review in exchange for complimentary admission for our car. No other compensation was offered and all opinions are our own.