May 28, 2010

Must Have: T3 Robot Kit


The T3 Solar Robot Kit lets you build a walking robot, scorpion or tank, each being motorized when completed. Recommended for those over the age of ten, the kit needs no glue or soldering and can run on a halogen bulb on overcast days.

Via T3
Solar Robot Kit

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May 21, 2010

Must Have: Iron Man Interactive Helmet


So your kids can't get enough Iron Man? Let them freak out family members and small pets with a Helmet that is voice-activated. One button moves the slow release visor, the eyes light up and there are three different battle modes. Push the combat mission button and orders are given while the battle sounds button issues power-up, flight and combat sound effects. Recommended for kids over 8, batteries are included.

Via Iron Man Helmet

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Petimos Screens For Cyberbullies


Parents will love it, kids will complain at the lack of privacy. Adrian David Cheok, from the National University of Singapore, is developing Petimos, a bot designed to hold questionable invitations on Facebook until a parent can check them. They can then be accepted or deleted. The furbot works with the social network Petimo-World and when a child squeezes the ear of their Petimo or pushes a button, they can send messages and/or virtual gifts to others online.

Via New Scientist

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May 18, 2010

Fujitsu Teddy Bear Tormented

We would almost call this torture if it wasn't a toy. Fujitsu's Teddy Bear Robot is aimed at the very young and very old. With over 300 different responses and 13 sensors, it supposedly tracks via nose-mounted camera and smiles in reaction to a human. It will wave and kick its heels, but will fall asleep if you forget about it. No word on price, but after viewing the video we are thinking they might want to go back to the drawing board on this one.

Via Akihabara News

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May 17, 2010

Get Your Own Giant Gundam


Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bandai's Gundam with one of your very own. For ¥315,000 (~$3,400) you can get a Limited Edition RX-78-2 that stands 1.5m tall, weighs 38kg and comes with a beam rifle, beam saber and shield. A hex wrench set is included for assembly.

Via Bandai (translated)

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May 13, 2010

Transforming Mohibakeru From Bandai


Bandai's latest project is a set of transformers that start out as kanji figures and morph into animals. In four different colors, the Mojibakeru (moji means "character" and bakeru means "to change",) take the shape of a dog, tiger, fish, dragon, horse and bird and will be priced at ¥100 (~$1.00) apiece.

Via Pink Tentacle

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April 16, 2010

Must Have: SYMA Gyro Helicopter


Show those other sissies and their measly mini-planes up with your SYMA GYRO HC Helicopter with built-in gyroscope. This new version has advanced stability, 2 micro motors, an LED light for night flying and can go for up to 8 minutes on its Li-Poly 3.7v 130mAh rechargeable battery pack. Recharge via included transmitter or USB for about half an hour to produce flights of up to 30 ft. And if you initial flight is a literal downer, a spare tail rotor is included.

Via SYMA GYRO HC Helicopter

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April 8, 2010

Roadster Transformer - Vroom!


Take this remote controlled speedy roadster for a spin and when you come upon an unsuspecting pet/bud/co-worker, a push of a button will lift it 10" up to become a robot that will shoot suction cup darts. The 10 x 7 1/2 x 8" vehicle can go forward, backwards, manage 360º spins and make hairpin turns. At a price of $69.95, it comes with 8 darts and needs 6 AA and one 9-volt battery (not included.)

Via Hammacher Schlemmer

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April 7, 2010

Hey, Shrinky Dinks! Hey, Robots!


It's been a long time since we were kids and didn't realize that they were still making Shrinky Dinks, much less that the color and bake toys come as robots. The kit comes with 40 pre-cut shapes to make 3 different bots, 8 colored pencils, beads, barrettes and earring hoops so that your kids can let everyone know you are one cool mom/dad on your next outing.

Via Robot Shrinky Dinks

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April 2, 2010

Must Have: Bossa Nova Prime-8

We were really excited when Jessica Rusack of Litzky PR let us know that we would be finally getting a loaner of a Prime-8 from Bossa Nova to review.

If you have read any of our previous reviews then you know that we always give it the "cat test." If the cats like it, it is suitable for young kids. Prime-8 failed this one the first time he roared. In fact, only one showed up to begin with (we have 3.) This is no toy for tots. He growls, moves around loudly, has bad habits and will shoot his targets in a heartbeat.

On the other hand, there is a lot to appreciate here. He sings, dances if you clap, says he is sorry if he trips, and is programmable for up to 10 motions or tricks. He can express boredom, do push ups, stretch while on his head and crawl on his back. He also plays games, has animotion robotics (can balance on his arms) and is a perfect companion for a tween that still likes to play and has patience to program.

One of the cool things about the apebot is that he can be used as security. Load him up with those plastic darts and when someone enters the room, he shoots them before the intruder has a chance to load up his/her Nerf N-Strike Blaster. All in all, Prime-8 is the macho answer to Zhu Zhu Pets and once you get used to his loudness, ya gotta love him.

(Thanks, Jessica)

Via Bossa Nova Prime-8

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