If you were one of those kids that dug ant farms but could never get them to stay alive, Bandai’s Ants Life Studio is for you. The pixelated screen shows you how ants live and you control them by dropping virtual worms, sugar, fruit and pebbles on the ground. You can watch the workers work as well as stun your virtual pets a tad by shaking the device. The Studio has a blue backlight so that you can watch them even at night. So far only in Japan for $129.99, take a peak at Bandai’s site for demos.
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We aren’t all that crazy about gadgets that have the potential to hurt any living creature under the guise of science, but apparently the JAKKS EyeClops was so well received that they updated the device. It now has 3 lenses for 100x, 200x and 400x magnifications. You can still play back images on your TV so your whole family can be freaked out by spiders. This would be particularly meaningful if you had at least a 42-inch screen. There is now an optional vacuum with detachable lid so that you can suck up the little buggers. The new and improved EyeClops will still be available for $50.00 this fall with the vacuum costing an additional $15.00.
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We never could get Venus Fly Traps to stay alive long enough to chomp down on all the nasty summer visitors. Now, with Discovery’s motion activated Trap, just feed it 3 AA batteries (not included) and its sensor will close its “mouth” on bugs without you having to tend it. Add bait if the flying creatures don’t want to go for the pseudo plant and, after they are captured, you can release them or study them for a bit. At a size of 4.25 x 4.25 x 9-inches, the plastic VFT will set you back $19.95.
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