Airships have made a comeback in recent years and this radio-controlled airship from Plantraco brings them right into your living room. The helium filled 1.3 metre long Blimp has three independently controlled propellers allowing you to spin on the spot, fly in all directions and take off and land vertically using the handheld transmitter. Four operational frequencies mean you can fly up to four Blimps simultaneously and for a birds-eye view there's also an attachable wireless mini-cam that broadcasts to television at a range of up to 45 metres. The Tri-Turbofan Blimp costs US$89 and the wireless video camera costs US$120. Available in white or silver at plantraco.com.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon