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Fat Shark First Person RC Racer

RC Racing SystemFor an RC system to the max, check out Fat Shark. Although they already sell their cams and headsets separately, they now have an all-in-one system with VR VGA video goggles with a 4WD FPV remote controlled car with its own cam for a driver’s eye view. The remote can control the camera direction with a tracking mechanism that can be controlled with only a pan or tilt of the head. They also sell an Aviator Edition goggle to go with RC planes. Contact Fat Shark to get in on the action by mid-July.

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Amazon Summer Savings Event

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Hot Deals, Misc. Tech, Toys

Storm LauncherAmazon has put some of our fave toys on sale through June 18, in case you still haven’t gotten anything for Dad. Save 70% on selected Transformers, up to 50% off Spy Gear, and 20% off Air Hogs. They are also offering a free Jive Pod if you purchase 2 items. While this is a wondrous thing, shop quickly, because in most instances there are only a few of each left. Think of it as Amazon’s belated spring cleaning.

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WowWee Tribot

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: CES, CES 2008, Misc. Tech, Science, Toys

TribotWowWee has finally moved on from their inane Chatterbots to bring us all the Tribot, which we first introduced you to in February from the CES. Obviously named for its three-wheeled base, the bot can move in 8 directions (including diagonal.)The kewl tilt trigger button allows you to move him in directions by just moving the remote around. He will also tell jokes and stories and refers to himself as “the most rad robot in the galaxy.”

Wait, there’s more. Use Tribot as a guard against alien bots or dogs, as an alarm that needs a tap on the head to shut him up, challenge him to a game of hide and seek, or play one of three driving games. We would have been happy if he just cleaned up our room.

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Benders Redesign Old Electronics

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Toys

Bent FestivalThe Bent Festival in New York City recently celebrated its fifth annual event and was attended by both newbies and experienced benders. For those who have never heard of them, benders take items such as 80’s Casio Keyboards and TI Speak & Spells and turn them into musical instruments.

“Circuit bending is a really great entry point for people into electronics,” says Mike Rosenthal, a graduate student in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. We think it is a dandy way of recycling, although we must admit we played with our Speak & Spell as much as our kids did, and don’t know if we could watch the transformation.

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Solar Car for Kids of All Ages

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Toys

Solar CarTeach your kidlets early how to save the environment with this Solar Car. Made in Switzerland (duh,) it is handmade of wood, has plexiglass wheels with rubber covers, steel axles, and a solar panel to replace fuel. At a size of 3.25 x 3.25 x 6.25-inches, the mini-vehicle will keep going as long as the sun is out or until the child is smart enough to stop pushing it along. The toy is available for $125.00.

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WowWee Chatterbots

Fairy GodfatherWowWee is back with useless desktop toys they named Chatterbots. The Fairy Godfather, Dog, and Devil/Angel connect to a PC or Mac by USB and react by driving you nuts with inane comments every time you type via its built-in speaker. Each one runs on 4 AA batteries (not included.) You can also program in more words and phrases to add to its vocabulary and utilize it with e-mail, IM, and other programs. We can’t believe that someone would pay $49.99 for this. Check out their video and see for yourself.

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WALL-E Toys Ready for Movie Premiere

WALL-E

Although the movie won’t be out until June 27, Disney is already promoting it with two toys. The Ultimate WALL-E has 10 motors, a programmable remote with touch programming, and sensors to detect obstacles and sound direction. It is also MP3 compatible with built-in speakers, USB cables, and rechargeable batteries (included.) The robot will be at ToysRUs and Disney Shopping this fall for $189.99.

The iDance WALL-E, with animated eyes, talks and dances. The audio in-jack makes it compatible with iPods or MP3 players. Sound activated, it will be at various retailers this summer for $24.99.

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Take Your Best Shot at the USB Punching Head

USB Punch HeadHey, we’re all about gadgets that help relieve stress. With the Punch Head, your stress-relief actually becomes an interactive experience, thanks to the included software. Land a solid blow to the fake head, and you’ll actually hear sounds of pain emanate from your computer. Plus, the harder the punch, the louder the agonizing sound. You can even choose a photo to be shown onscreen, and special effects that reflect your actions. Not exactly Fight Club, but if it prevents your aggression from landing you in jail, we’re all about it. Visit the website to watch a rather interesting demo. Available soon.

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Whoo-hoo! It’s the Homer Etch-a-Sketch!

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Toys

Homer Etch-a-Sketch

Yes, fellow Simpson-ites, an actual Etch-a-Sketch in the form of the great Homer Simpson! Just twist Homey’s eyes to create your masterpiece…and the cool thing is that when you’re done it will look like Homer’s thinking about what you’ve drawn! And that’s precisely why the first thing we’ll draw is a frosted donut. Measure 8.5” x 8.5”, and is available for only $15 USD.

 

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Review: MSN i-Buddy

 

The MSN i-Buddy is an emotional wreck. Connect him to your USB port, then get in touch with someone on MSN Messenger. When that person comes online, your mini-bud goes to work and lets you know. Every time your friend sends you an emoticon, he responds by colors, flapping wings, body movement, and a thumping “heart.” Get two and you have a veritable emoticon party.

We had a lot of fun playing with the gadget and our cat seemed to think he was there just for her. Note that the most response we got was when we were sent an angry emoticon. We thought the thing would fall off our desktop! You can find the i-Buddy at Firebox for $24.95. While they are temporarily out, you can pre-order to receive one from the next batch.

(Thanks, Jen and Kent, and Avril!)

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