App­toyz Ap­pracer

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EX­PERTS ad­vise not to use phones while driv­ing. This gad­get re­quires the op­po­site. The Ap­pracer turns an Ap­ple iphone into a makeshift steer­ing wheel. It’s a unique sys­tem typ­i­cal of the App­toyz brand, which is carv­ing out a niche in vir­tual re­al­ity toys in­volv­ing Ap­ple’s cre­ations.

Set­ting up this un­usual re­mote-con­trol car does re­quire read­ing a cou­ple of man­u­als, even for those who usu­ally avoid them.

First, bat­ter­ies in the car and its re­mote con­trol ‘‘ bug’’ must be topped up with power us­ing a USB cord, then users must down­load the free Ap­pracer app to an ipod Touch or iphone.

Next, you at­tach the ‘‘ bug’’ to the bot­tom of your ipod us­ing suc­tion caps and plug its cord into the head­phone jack. Turn them both on and you’re ready to drive.

Driv­ing isn’t com­pletely straight­for­ward, how­ever. The ‘‘ bug’’ is ac­tu­ally an in­fra-red de­vice that sends mes­sages from your ipod to the car. Ul­ti­mately, con­trol­ling a toy car with an iphone isn’t the most ef­fec­tive way to do it but it might be the most fun.

This chal­leng­ing drive is bound to ap­peal to teenagers and kidults alike.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NICHOLSON

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