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Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe

Oregon Scientific’s Special Edition Interactive SmartGlobe takes you all over the planet without leaving home. Its 9.6-inch diameter and 15.35-inch height comes with a wireless pen and 3D barcode technology. It keeps up with the latest geological information, current events, and even election results through audio file downloads. Updatable for free until 2008, the SmartGlobe is available online at WorldGlobes for $119.99 in 9 languages and 3 versions of English. Do you suppose that one of those versions is politically correct?


Read More | Oregon Scientific

Gallery: Interactive SmartGlobe Covers Elections


Fisher Price digital camera

Fisher Price has always been in the forefront of the holiday market, and this year is no exception. We tried to get their new Kid-Tough digital camera and didn’t have an easy time of it. This non-destruct camera features a 1.3-inch LCD preview screen, dual-handle grips, a 2-eye viewfinder, built-in auto-flash, and 640 x 480 resolution for 4 x 6-inch prints.

The camera’s 8 MB built in memory stores over 60 photos and has a SD memory slot for increased storage. Visit Fisher Price to check out more specifications and photo software requirements. Although it’s still 7 weeks away from Christmas, we barely got ours at a MSRP of $70.00, but you better hustle if you want to get yours.


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Gallery: Fisher Price Digital Camera is Hot Christmas Toy

Matt over at IGN took some time out to give us a little video love from his Wii development unit. He walks us through the menu interface, showing off the settings that can be toggled, messaging system, and a couple of interesting things about the Wiimote. Launch is under three weeks away, but if you can’t wait, check out the video.

Read More | IGN Wii

Gallery: Video of Nintendo Wii Interface

Full Body Game SystemHave you ever wanted to be the paddle in Pong? Now you can with FeedTank’s Full Body Game System. The user interacts with simple graphic game objects which are in front of them. Choose between Color Shooter (the human version of Pong), Duck and Jump, and Two Touch. FeedTank featured the game system at last week’s NextFest in New York and has also created Dance Floor Moves, a projected interactive floor, and Transpose, an audio/visual instrument. Contact FeedTank for price and availability. We can’t wait to see what they can do with a karaoke machine.

Read More | FeedTank via NextFest

Gallery: FeedTank Turns Humans Into Pong Paddles

hitachi emiewIt just keeps getting scarier. Hitachi’s EMIEW (Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate) is now equipped with a sensory laser for navigation. The new bot will make its debut at the 2006 WAC (World Automotive Congress) in Japan which begins October 23.

The EMIEW keeps its balance using internal gyroscopes. It can locate its owner by voice recognition and can perform basic household chores, such as retrieving items from other rooms. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t aim that laser on the cat.

Read More | JapanCorp via engadget

Gallery: Hitachi Bot Sports Sensory Laser

Ghunghong PandaThis little guy was just too cute to pass up. The Changhong Panda TV/DVD/CD combo was unveiled at Berlin’s IFA. The electric company’s CH1320DV pet has control buttons in its paws and its nose is the power button.

Other specifications and features:

  • Screen Type:Round
  • TV System: NTSC-M
  • Loading Capacity:620 Units (40HQ)
  • Power Supply: 120V AC, 60HZ
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Picture Modes Selection: (normal, movie, sports, ser)
  • Compatible with DVD/MP3/Picture CD/CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW
  • Multiple Angles
  • Parental Lock
  • Digital Audio Output
  • Screen Saver
  • OSD: Trilingual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Full Function Remote Control
  • On/Off Timer
  • Channel Scan

If this isn’t lovable enough for you, they also have a Penguin (CH1321DV) combo. You can tell us that you are getting this for your kids for Christmas, but we know better. Check with Changhong for price and availability.

Read More | Panda TV/DVD Player Product Page

Gallery: Changhong Panda TV/DVD Combo

winebotNEC and Mie University have teamed up in Japan to create the 2-foot Winebot, a cute little bugger that can not only discern good wine from bad, it can also name the brand and suggest a cheese.

“There are all kinds of robots out there doing many different things,” said Hideo Shimazu, director of the NEC System Technology Research Laboratory and a joint-leader of the robot project. “But we decided to focus on wine because that seemed like a real challenge.”

Speaking in an underage voice, the robot names the brand and adds a comment to its taste. It can also be programmed to recognize wine that its owner prefers. Because of its ability to analyze the chemical composition of wine or food placed next to it, it could caution its owner about such health-related factors as fat or salt content.

Winebot doesn’t come cheap. “Buying one of these would cost about as much as a new car,” Shimazu said. “We’d like to bring that down to 100,000 yen ($1,000) or less for the tasting sensor if we were to put it on the market.”

We figure that if you can afford the wine and cheese, you can afford the Winebot.

Read More | USA Today

Gallery: Winebot, Pass The Wine and Cheese


There are all kinds of toys for your iPod, but this one wins an originality prize in our book. Japanese company ZMP (in collaboration with Kenwood) today announced its new iPod dock, Miuro. Clip your iPod onto the top of Miuro and let the musical fun begin. This 9 pound, 14” wide bot can be programmed to literally follow you around the house or just let it do its pre-programmed “wild thang”. It can also stream music from your PC wirelessly.

Miuro is available in 4 colors and will become available in the U.S. later this year. Sold separately are various options such as a camera and sensors to keep it from running into your cat. At the hefty price of $930, you really have to love your iPod to buy it a pet like this.

Read More | The Raw Feed via Miuro Product Page

Gallery: Miuro iPod Dock

TabletWhile we’re on the subject of all things froggish, can it really be 25 years since the hatching of Frogger? In honor of the event, PDP (Performance Designed Products) and Konami have teamed up to create the “Tablet”, a portable gaming system that will be available to North American retailers in September. Housed in a round shell, the Tablet contains 25 8-bit classic games at a SRP of $29.99. Available in four colors, the system features a 2.0” backlit TFT LCD display screen.
Paul Chen, VP of Licensing and Content at PDP claims, “Additional 8-bit games on the ‘Tablet’ offer even more retro fun for older gamers who played these games decades ago, along with new gamers who will be introduced to them for the first time.”

For an additional $9.99, you can purchase an A/V cable for plug ‘n play capabilities on your TV. This kit also includes a protective case so that our favorite amphibian remains dust free and ready dodge cars and gators when you are. For a sneakpeak at other games included, check out the interactive website: http://www.vgpocket.com/.

Read More | PR Newswire via VG Pocket Tablet Interactive

Gallery: PDP and Konami Celebrate Frogger’s Anniversary

LighTalkThinkGeek’s LighTalk Scanner is having its second coming out party. Simply draw an image on a piece of paper, scan it, switch and fan it, and you have a 4” x 7” image that will outshine everyone at the next 4th of July picnic. Get two of them, and you and your buds can flash back and forth.

Not only does the new and improved model scan faster, it contains 8 image banks to store your designs. Even better, the new sequential display allows you to show animated graphics or a paragraph of text. LighTalk is 8.5” long with a 1” diameter and scans best when used with a .2” black Sharpie (doesn’t everything work better with a Sharpie?).

LighTalk utilizes 2 AAA batteries (not included) for over 10 hours of continuous display and is available in three body colors. At a price of $39.00, LighTalk II comes with wrist strap and instructions.

Read More | ThinkGeek

Gallery: LighTalk LED Scanner II