For the Technophile

For the Technophile

AUTOWAVE Bluetooth Cars
1:43 | $100

Just when we thought that our smartphones couldn’t get any smarter, along comes AutoWave with a new app for your iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, or just about any portable wireless device. No, the app won’t help you locate sushi or organize your Springsteen bootlegs; this one uses Bluetooth to control a 1:43 car. Really. Once installed, the AutoWave application will motivate a motorized Fiat 500—at a decent clip, we might add—across a smooth surface of your choice. This car itself has good scaling, great paint, working headlights and taillights, and accurate trim replication right down to the rubberized (and hence smash- proof) side mirrors. Driving the thing is fun; the touch-screen interface features inputs for a three-speed trans, and tilt-to-drive speed and steering controls (or a virtual joystick) to keep the little Cinquecento reined in and pointed where you want it. Next up from AutoWave are a Ford Mustang Boss 302, and an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Prepare to get absolutely nothing done at your desk for a while. You have been warned. – Andy Goodman

Updated: July 22, 2014 — 2:50 PM

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