COOL CAR FOR GROWN-UPS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

CATCH­ING THE FANCY of the still-kids-at-heart, the folks at Sil­ver­lit turned the beau­ti­ful pin-up poster of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG into some­what of a driv­ing plea­sure. Al­right, you can't drive it, but this is still pos­si­bly the closet you can come to own­ing the AMG Mercedes, which stands for “AlMighty God!” This new RC (re­mote con­trol) car uses your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch as a re­mote con­trol. Just down­load the Sil­ver­lit app from the App­store and con­nect the car with your de­vice us­ing Blue­tooth. This setup al­lows you to use your de­vice's tilt con­trols to steer the car, and if you're us­ing an iPhone, you'll feel force feed­back as you rev the en­gine, which in­creases in in­ten­sity the faster the car goes.

In terms of han­dling, the Sil­ver­lit car is fast and very re­spon­sive. The app de­sign mim­ics the Mercedes dash­board look, with built-in con­trols that al­low you to switch on the head­lights and tail lights, open or close the gull wings doors, flash the hazards, honk the horn and a lot more. But wait, that's not all. You can use the app to play mu­sic from the speak­ers embed­ded in the rear wind­shield of this car and the ve­hi­cle can even be pro­grammed to re­spond to the mu­sic with its flash­ing lights and move­ment of the gull wing door, all of it syn­chro­nised per­fectly. In a sea of RC toys, this one rises to the sur­face. Al­though kids would love to own this car, I doubt if their dads will ever let go off the con­trols.

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