Nerf's new N-Strike Elite Cam ECS-12 Blaster is a prototype crazy gun that records and plays back your target practice right on the crosshairs—and leaves plenty for the mounting evidence pile.
The ECS-12 looks, feels and shoots like a standard Nerf gun. It has a clip that has 12 foam darts that the gun can send soaring up to 27 metres. It gets better: a built-in camera records photos and an small low-res color screen right where the sight should be. It is certainly not a regular old Nerf gun.
The ESC-12 isn't the first Nerf gun to record, but it is the first to play it back right on the gun. Underneath the camera there are four buttons, one to start and stop recording, another to toggle between photo and video, one for playback, and another for delete. On the front shaft of the blaster, there's a spot for a 4GB memory card. Seriously, that this thing has four freaking gigs of memory is just utterly ridiculous (in a good way). Hasbro says that'll hold up to 2,000 photos, or three hours of video of you shooting unsuspecting friends.
Kid or not, you're going to have to wait several excruciating months to buy the ECS-12. The version we got to play with here at our offices is still just a prototype. Hasbro still has to work out a few kinks like sound on video playback and add things like labels on the buttons. It goes on sale this autumn in the US for $80, which would equate to a price tag of around £49. Nerf has a good track record of getting their products into our stores, so here's hoping its in UK toy shops for Christmas.