We were amazed the other night while watching the Monster Energy Cup live on SpeedTV. One of the commercials run during the broadcast was from Kobalt Tools and it featured a hobby grade helicopter as well as a Axial EXO Terra Buggy. Kobalt was advertising their new Double-Drive Screwdriver and it was cool to see them using hobby grade rc’s to help illustrate how their new tool works. The new Kobalt commercial is more proof that hobby grade rc’s are getting more and more mainstream.
If you haven’t heard about the Kobalt Double-Drive Screwdriver its claim to fame is the fact that it is twice as fast as a normal screwdriver. Some of its other features are-
* Patented Double Drive™ technology 2 times faster than standard ratcheting
* Ergonomic handle with non-slip rubber grip
* Convenient thumb switch reverses gear drive
* Multiple sizes for all applications
* Bits storage function in handle
* 32-Piece Double-Drive Screwdriver Set with Bonus Pouch and Extension Bar
Street price on the Double-Drive is $20 and they are available right now down at your local Lowe’s store. Hit up the official Lowe’s Website for more information.
For those of you watching the Monster Energy Supercross on SpeedTV, you have been treated to a new Traxxas commercial, this time featuring a bunch of different Traxxas vehicles including the new Traxxas Rally car! It’s nice to see them update from just the mostly Slash commercials.
So there’s this sport thing going on called the Olympics, you may of heard of it or seen it. Well, if you haven’t it’s on TV, and it’s kinda cool. The reason we mention it is that the Olympics allowed us to add yet another post to our RC On TV section. Several people have sent this one in, thanks guys!
Basically what’s happening is they have a few pretty good sized RC vehicles running around the track and field area returning things like javelins, throwing hammers, stuff like that. This saves time, and makes it a little safer while keeping people off the field when others are throwing things around. I believe there has been a BMW and a Mini Cooper involved over the last week or so.
RC Vehicles at the Olympics Gallery
I’d like to thank the Olympics for helping promote the RC hobby, but seriously guys, get some controllers with wheels!
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One of our readers sent this in, thanks Cory! For those caught up in the Olympic madness, we bring you somewhat of a RC On TV moment with U.S. Swimmer Nathan Adrian talking about his love for his RC helicopter. It’s cool to see him talking about is, and helping spread the word of the hobby!
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For those of you in the Chicagoland area, a few of the Big Squid RC crew will be in attendance tonight at the Traxxas TORC Series. So if you need a Cubby autograph, make sure to stop by!
If you can’t make it out to the track, it looks like there will be live coverage tonight (July 20th) on Speed TV!
I’ll go ahead and call it now as a RC On TV sighting, since I’m sure there will be Traxxas vehicles sometime during the coverage. Heck.. last year Bill (aka Wrench) and I were seen on tv during the coverage.
Hey guys it’s always a pleasure to see this tiny obsession of ours get some good airtime on the boob tube. If you are a Scale Crawler fan of any size or shape you have heard of RC4WD, personally I feel like they have one of the best selections of scale gear around. Stacey David’s show about modifying all things automotive is just awesome and having him showcase any form of RC is just that much sweeter!
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Thanks to the readers who sent in this tip! Click here to see some other RC on TV spots.
Team Associated has just announced that Ton Jones is one of their newest celebrity partners. I’m not sure if that means they hook him up with stuff to drive or what.. but still cool. Ton is one of the dudes from the Auction Hunters show on Spike TV, and is also a serious RC guy off camera. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also into reptile rescue and wildlife services. A man of many trades. Anything that helps promote the world of RC, we are down with. Maybe we’ll have some more RC on TV stories to bring you soon.
The dodgers and Diamond Backs had a bit of a distraction when this RC On TV moment has a Mini RC Plane flying around the stadium. The crowd was digging it, but obviously the players and announcers didn’t feel the same way. The barrel roll was a great addition to the flying! Sadly, it does not end well for the plane… check the video after the break.
This one actually made me laugh at the end! Another RC On TV moment has the Milwaukee Brewers driving around their stadium with a RC buggy. The video is embedded after the break so keep reading for a little chuckle!
It always brings a smile when we get to add to our RC On TV category of posts. This one is from the Mythbusters guys on their new show Unchained Reaction! They team uses a RC Camaro to start off their whole reaction by driving it out of a little garage, up the ramp, and knocking a ball to start things in motion.
A reader emailed us a link to the CarpetRacers.com webpage, and told us that this RC documentary will soon be on Direct TV as well as Dish Network in March! You can also buy the DVD on that site if you can’t wait till then. I don’t believe any of us have seen it, so I’m really looking forward to catching it on TV. It’s cool to see more RC hitting the mainstream tv! Cool way to support the hobby! Congrats to the Carpet Racer guys for getting this to happen.
Our RC On TV segment is going to end up going from monthly to weekly to daily at this rate! Last night during the opening race of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Traxxas had some prime real estate for their logo. Just about every racer interviewed then on the podium stood in front of this backdrop. Traxxas also ran one (only 1?) commercial during the event for their XO-1 supercar. Nice work Traxxas, way to keep RC in the main stream!
Also on TV, this time on A&E’s Storage Wars, our man Barry had brought with him some sort of super Army AirForce type person that was going to fly some super secret military device with a camera to get a birds eye view of a storage locker he was going to bid on. Well the ‘secret’ device was a AR.Drone, and sadly it looked near impossible to fly and completely out of control. This couldn’t really be helping the AR.Drone people much, the guy was trying to fly it from a iPad, and from the moment it was in the air, you could tell he was in trouble. The funny part, was the drone crashed inside the locker, and the auctioneer said it was now part of the auction, so whoever wins the storage unit also gets the drone. It was sort of funny, and for people not ‘in the know’ about RC I’m sure it was entertaining, but to see the AR.Drone fly so poorly probably isn’t going to boost their sales any.
Storage Wars Gallery
That it for this weeks RC On TV segment, I’m sure we will have more soon.
Adding to our constantly growing list of RC On TV, I spotted a show on the food network called Challenge. I jumped in mid way over.. but the basic premise was to build some sort of remote control vehicle out of cake. They started with various vehicles as a ‘base’ and then piled cake and frosting on top. Some people made cool looking cars, others battle bots. Then, to finish it off they had to drive them around in a little area they had set up at which point it became a battle arena! Cake flying everywhere!
RC Battle Cake Gallery
Seems like every time I turn on my TV, there is some form of RC on! Good signs that the hobby has really gone mainstream.