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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.