Shark Week is over, but the Discovery Channel seems to have forgotten about a new species at the top of the underwater food chain: Air Swimmers. Unlike RC blimps and other flying mechanical toys, these Mylar balloons add realism and movement with moving fins that swish back and forth to propel the fish through the air.
How does it work? It's simple, kind-of: a 1.5-volt AAA-powered motor attaches to a small plastic pod on the bottom of the balloon, and the accompanying controller uses infrared reception to control the tail rudder's speed and navigation.
The set-up requires some assembly, as well as a helium tank, so father/son inventor duo William and Mark Forti recommend children are accompanied by an adult for its maiden voyage.
The Air Swimmers Flying Clownfish and Shark balloons sell for only $40, but are all sold out at the moment on the official Web site. Fortunately, you can still scare your roommates and add joy to an otherwise boring office workday with the Clown Fish at the M&M Toy Store.
More pictures of both Air Swimmers after the break. Also, Nyan Swimmers!!