It seems that everything is going to touch screens, now they’ve even made their way to transmitters. The new Graupner X-8E not only has a 320 x 240 touch sensitive LCD screen, but has 4 channel output and telemetry. You can even use a micro-SD memory card to store the telemetry data. Some of its other features and specifications include-
* Touch screen
* Voice output via headphone
* Bluetooth external module
* Wheel can be mounted on left or right
* 2.4GHz operation
* Various timers
* Modes for crawling, track, or boats with 2 motors
* Anti-lock braking
The Graupner X-8E is priced at $350, although we could get no information on when, or even if, it will hit American shores.
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THE Futaba 4PLS (4PL Super) S-FHSS Telemetry Radio Review
The venerable Futaba 4PL was perhaps the best radio system ever made for the bashing market. Well it’s deceased now, replaced by a newer model, the 4PLS (Super). Does the 4PLS live up to the high expectations? Being Futaba’s first surface radio with telemetry, did they get it right? Can it take an epic beating? Click the “Read More” button to find out… (And see the Durability Testing Video)
The old Futaba 4PL was known as one of the best basher transmitters of all time. It’s replacement, the new 4PLS is even better yet keeps the same $249 price point.
The big news on the 4PLS is the addition of telemetry, allowing the driver to monitor temperature, voltage, and rpm in real time and the ability to log the data for future use. Some of the other key features include-
* Transmits in T-FHSS, FHSS and S-FHSS
* Huge 40 model memory
* 128 x 64 backlit LCD display
* Gyro, 4ws, dual ESC and brake mixing
* User settable data logging intervals
* Temperature, rpm, receiver voltage and external voltage telemetry
The part number for the new 4PLS is #FUTK1410 and they are said to be available right now. Hit THIS LINK for the official Futaba website.
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Futaba 4PLS Gallery
Ever since the Futaba 4PL was first introduced it has been a favorite of ours here at BigSquidRC. What was there not to like? It had tons of high-end features (and performance) at a working mans price point.
Information has just been leaked on the new Futaba 4PLS. The 4PLS looks to come with a few upgrades over the older 4PL. For instance the 4PLS is set-up for use with telemetry and comes standard with a 2S LiFe battery. We’ll post more information on the 4PLS as we receive it, until then check out the official Futaba Website to take a look at some of their other fine products.
Have you seen the durability testing video that we did on the Futaba 4PL? If not, you can see it HERE.
Two of Traxxas’s legendary monster trucks just got even better, they now come not only with the Traxxas TQi radio system and docking base, but they even have telemetry pre-installed. The addition of the on-board telemetry really helps you keep track of what is going on in your truck as you can see real-time data such as speed, engine RPM, engine temperature, and battery voltage. The part numbers stay the same as before, #4907 for the T-Maxx 3.3, and #5309 for the Revo 3.3. Hit up the official Traxxas Website for more information.
Now that you’ve learned about the latest from Traxxas, you can check out older Traxxas news right HERE on BigSquidRC.
Traxxas T-Maxx & Revo 3.3 TQi Gallery
Traxxas has sold thousands of Ultimate Slash 4×4′s but they are bound to sell a lot more with the updates that come on it now. Traxxas is now including their new LCG chassis, a Lipo battery, their TQi radio, and GTR shocks on the Ultimate series Slash 4×4 for your driving enjoyment. Some of the other specs and features of the Ultimate Slash 4×4 include-
* NEW- Rigid low center of gravity chassis design
* NEW- Power Cell 5000mAh 2-cell LiPo battery
* NEW- AC 2-cell and 3-cell LiPo charger
* NEW- Hard-anodized and PTFE coated 13mm bore GTR aluminum shocks w/ 3.5mm titanium nitride shafts
* NEW- Factory installed speed, temp, and voltage telemetry sensors
* TQi 2.4GHz Radio System with Docking Base
* 5-channel Traxxas Link micro receiver
* Blue-anodized aluminum C-Hubs
* Blue-anodized aluminum steering blocks
* Blue-anodized aluminum rear hub carriers
* Blue-anodized aluminum axle nuts
* Front and rear swaybars with included optional extra-stiff swaybar set
* S1-compound, officially-licensed BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires
* Sealed, silicone-filled center differential (included separately)
Hit up the official Traxxas Website for more information, or hit THIS link for more Traxxas news right here on BigSquidRC.
Traxxas Ultimate Slash 4x4 LCG Gallery
For those of you that don’t subscribe to the theory that the iPhone/iPad was created by the devil himself (Brian and I both fall into the “iOS rocks!” crowd) Spektrum will be releasing the new TR1000 STi Telemetry Interface speficially for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The TR1000 STi allows you to monitor all the telemetry data from your vehicle right on your iOS device, provided you have a DSM2/DSMX Spektrum or JR transmitter paired to a telemetry device. It will even alert you if one of the specs gets out of a range you’ve defined.
The TR1000 STi should be avaliable by mid May for around $100. Check out the Spektrum website for more info!
Airtronics has been spending some time cooking up something new. The MT-4 is their new mid-range radio with all kinds of high-end features. It starts with a new, light weight pistol grip design that features adjustable steering movement, trigger, and a selection of grips. But more important is what’s packed inside. The onboard computer features a fast navigation system to get to the settings you need quickly and easily. Many of the external switches are assignable to different channels and tasks. Some of the programming options include 4WS steering mixing, anti-lock brakes, multiple types of EPA, and more. The telemetry features work in real time and sensors for monitoring receiver battery voltage, temps, and RPMs are included.
The MT-4 should be hitting shelves some time in February at a cost of around $250. Tell Airtronics to update their site so I can tell you to go there for more info.