We have had a lot of musical gadgets on Gear Live recently, but leave it to Tomy to come up with something that almost looks like what it is supposed to be. The Guitar Rockstar, at a size of 250 x 210 x 70mm, has numerous buttons to make music. There are all the basic chords, as well as those sharp, flat, major, and 7th. With both strum and free-play, would that a real guitar could be this easy for those of us that just don’t have the fingers for it. The musical toy will be available in randomly chosen black, blue, and red in June and needs 3 AAA batteries (not included) at a price of £14.99 (~$30.00.)
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Don’t throw those pennies away. The Jinsei Ginko (Life Bank) takes Tamagotchi to the next level. Put your extra coinage into it and watch an entire virtual family develop. The more you feed it, the wealthier they become. The monochrome LED display will evolve from abject squalor to a happy marriage, then to a lifestyle of the rich and famous. We’re not quite sure how long it takes to get there, but it’s not like you are going to join the Jet Set anytime soon on your own. At a price ¥4,987 (~$44.00,) check with Takara Tomy for details.
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About 6 months ago, we introduced you to the solar-powered Sunshine Buddies (Hidamari no Tami.) It seems that Tomy has decided to issue one for the holidays, complete with reindeer. We’re not sure what kind of cheer that involves, aside from head-bobbing. You can utilize him as a cardholder or keep him on your desktop and your boss might be less less of a Scrooge. If your are looking for cutesy, this should fill the bill. The Holiday Sunshine Buddy is available for $18.00.
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Tomy is finally releasing its clever iSobot in the U.S., no doubt in time for the Christmas rush. The bot features a built-in gyro sensor, 17 servo motors, 2 LEDS, voice recognition and a vocabulary of about 200 words and phrases. Although only 7-inches tall, the little guy can do push-ups and play air guitar, but we are guessing not simultaneously. Expected out next month, it will be available for ~$300.00. For more information, check out the rather lame MySpace Page devoted to the robot.
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We read not too long ago about a couple that left their video camera on while they were at work to see what their dog did when they were away. It turns out that the canine took out all of his toys from a box when they left and returned them when he heard the car pull up. So how sneaky is this Wonderful Shot by Tomy? The 3.5 megapixel cam holds 8 MB of memory (about 90 photos,) and has a remote, variable timer, and rechargeable battery via USB. It comes comes with a collar clip and we were thinking that for $79.00, one could turn it a decent baby cam.
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Takara Tomy will soon be back on the market with the Ani-Light. This animated aquarium features fish, dolphin, and other ocean inhabitants swimming around. You can access their movements by watching the projection on your ceiling. We understand that they form the time before returning to their depths. Once the hatch is closed, you can get a fishy view on the face of the globe. So far there is no release date or price for the prototype Ani-Light, but we will keep on the alert for the illuminating gadget.
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Tomy has announced what they claim to be the world’s smallest humanoid bot. Available in white in Japan and black in the U.S., i-Sobot stands only 165 mm (~6.5-inches) and weighs only 350g (~12.4 oz.) He has 17 micro actuators and a gyro-sensor for balance and doing jigs. All told, he makes 200 movements including somersaults, speaks 180 words, and responds to voice commands. The first product sold with Sanyo’s next generation rechargeable Eneloop battery, i-Sobot can be yours October 25 for 30,000 Yen (~$250.00.)
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