Water-powered remote control car doesn’t need batteries

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Remember when you unwrapped your Christmas presents, and it was exactly what you wanted?

And every time you’d be left disappointed, because Santa forgot to read the big ol’ label that said “Batteries not included”. Well, from now on that might be a thing of the past. A company called Horizon Fuel Cell technologies has a new remote controlled toy, the i-H2GO, which uses your iPhone as a controller, and uses water as its power source. That’s right, all you’ll need to power your next toy is a glass of nature’s finest.

To power the i-H2GO you fill up its charging station with water. A solar panel then induces electrolysis, separating the water into hydrogen and oxygen. The former is what is used to fuel up the car, which has an on-board fuel cell. No sun? No problem – the refuelling station can also be powered using a USB cable.

At $180 (around R1 800) it might seem expensive, but at the current prices for batteries this will pay for itself within a few weeks.

It’s also worth checking out Horizon’s other projects – there’s even a fuel cell that can power an RC car for 212km.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.