Griffin Touch Controlled Monster Truck

I have to ask myself what is it about remote-controlled vehicles that make them so much fun. I guess I’m just a big kid, because I love 'em. I suppose it gives me a sense of power to be able to control things remotely and make them do as I command.

I now have Griffin's MOTO TC Monster Truck ($59.99) to play with. All you need to control it is an iPhone or iPod that fits into the dock that comes with it. You will also need four AA batteries.

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But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here. First, you'll need to download the free app that puts the control panel on your handheld screen. Next, you'll need to connect to Bluetooth. Now, you can navigate two ways. You can use the program controls or the screen like a joystick by swiping your finger across it.

There are some pre-programmed routes you can use and let the truck go through the course. There are several preset tracks including figure eights that are fun to see the truck perform. You also can record your own routes so they can be repeated at will.

A fully-charged truck will give you 12 to 18 minutes continuous run time, which may not sound like much, but that’s quite a long time to give it your fullest attention. You have to be very alert at every moment or you will surely crash.

By the way, you also can use an iPad to control it, and it requires OS 4.3 for the system to operate properly. Android users are out of luck this time around.

Well, that’s about all there is to it. I’m going to wrap this up so I can go play.

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