Just in case you thought you had seen everything that an iPhone (or iPod touch) could do, here comes Dexim and its iOS-device controlled monster truck toy. The package includes a small RF adapter that you plug into the bottom of your iPhone/iPod/iPad, along with a quick-charge battery charger for the toy monster truck (it's powered by four AAA batteries). The free app (AppSpeed) is used to drive the truck - you can either use your fingers to move the truck forward, backward and make turns, or you can use the accelerometer on the i-device and tilt left, right, down and back to drive the truck. I preferred using the touch app, it was a bit easier to maneuver the truck around this way. There's also some preset modes that let you do three things with the truck - you can make it spin, do zig zags, or even dance to music on the app.
It's a cute little system, and would be recommended for people on your lists who already have an iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, and who enjoy playing with RF toys (such as my 10-year-old nephew).
Cool yule rating: 4 stars
Price $69.90 (list)
Reviewed by Keith Shaw