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Toys

Bandai Smartpet Robot iPhone Dog

by Johan on March 26, 2012

Bandai Smartpet Robot iPhone Dog

Bandai is back with its latest toy namely the Smartpet. It is actually a robot dog that uses your iPhone as a brain. You just need to install a free app into your iPhone. The Smartpet will react to your touchscreen gestures with over 100 facial expressions. This robot also has the ability to carry out tricks by voice commands or movements in front of the Facetime camera. Bandai will launch the Smartpet on April 24th, 2012 in Japan for 6,500 Yen ($78). Video after the jump. Read more

Sphero Robotic Ball

by Johan on March 12, 2012

Sphero Robotic Ball

The Sphero is claimed to be the world’s first robotic ball that can be controlled using iOS and Android devices. Made of an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, the baseball-sized Sphero is compact enough to slip into a bag or jacket pocket. It is equipped with an induction charger and customizable colored LEDs, so you can change Sphero’s color to suit your mood. This robotic ball connects to your iOS and Android devices via a Bluetooth connectivity. There are also several free apps that you can download for your smartphone or tablet. If you are interested, you can purchase the Sphero robotic ball for $129.99 each. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank

by Johan on September 26, 2011

Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank

Brookstone today released the Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank that can be controlled using your iOS devices. This gadget has the ability to stream audio and video to your iOS devices. The Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank comes equipped with an integrated microphone, a camera, and an infrared night vision mode that allows you to record video or capture picture in dark environments. The Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank retails for $149.99. [Product Page]

iRemoco Remote Control Helicopter For iOS Devices

iRemoco has started selling a new remote control helicopter for iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Priced at around $99, this toy comes equipped with a rechargeable attachment for your iPhone/iPod Touch that allows you to communicate with the helicopter. The iRemoco kit consists of a gyro-stabilized iRemoco helicopter, a USB charging cable, and extra blades. Watch the video after the jump to get more details. Read more

Sifteo Cubes Now Available For Pre-order

by Johan on August 10, 2011

Sifteo Cubes Now Available For Pre-order

Sifteo today announced the upcoming general availability of its Sifteo cubes to U.S. and Canadian customers. The Sifteo cubes are motion-aware 1.5-inch blocks with full-color screens that wirelessly connect with a personal computer during play to create unique interactions when shaken, tilted, rotated and neighbored next to one another. The company has also announced the availability of the Sifteo Creativity Kit, which is included with the purchase of every Sifteo Pack. The Sifteo Creativity Kit enables Sifteo users to customize an endless array of gameplay experiences for themselves and others using their Sifteo cubes. The Sifteo Creativity Kit lets users easily create a range of mini-games tailored to their unique interests, from learning foreign languages and ordering chemical elements by atomic weight, to word play games and number puzzles. The Sifteo Pack consists of three Sifteo cubes, a Sifteo charging dock and a USB radio link, which wirelessly connects these cubes to any Windows or Mac computer, enabling users to download and play the latest Sifteo games. The Sifteo Pack is priced at $149. You can also purchase additional Sifteo cubes for $45 each. Read more

Wicked Lasers Sith Series

by Johan on May 11, 2011

Wicked Lasers Sith Series

Wicked Lasers is back with the new Sith Series handheld laser. Known as the world’s first double handed laser, the gadget features a couple of Class 4 1-watt Spyder 3 lasers. This handheld laser may look like a futuristic weapon, but attempting to play or duel with a pair of Class 4 burning lasers will result in permanent blindness to anyone exposed to the Sith’s Dual Laser beams or reflections. The Sith Series double handed laser is now available at Wicked Lasers’ website for $599.95. [Product Page]

WowWee Roboscooper

The line of WowWee Robots has been a big success because they appeal to both sides of robot lovers, those that love functional robots and those that love funny and cute looking robots. The latest WowWee Robot to release is this new WowWee Roboscooper. His name is pretty descriptive of exactly what it is that he does, scoops things up. Unfortunately there is a weight restriction, and it is pretty, well, restrictive. He can only pick up things that weigh one ounce. Don’t worry though because he will still look extra cute doing it. Just please don’t make him scoop up anything you wouldn’t want to scoop up yourself, you know what we mean. You can pick him up for just $70. [GearLog]

Air Hogs Hawk Eye RC Helicopter

Helicopters have got to be one of the coolest toys that you can play with as a full grown adult and not be ashamed of at all. This new Air Hogs Hawk Eye remote control helicopter is able to give you all of the fun of flying a helicopter around with none of the pain of emptying out your bank account. The helicopter features a built in camera that is capable of taking stills or 5 minutes of 320 x 240 video in VGA quality. The best part is that you can have this much fun for only $65. [OhGizmo]

The Stig Helicopter

If you are at all familiar with BBC automotive program known as Top Gear, then you know all about that mysterious character who never takes his mask off called only “The Stig”. Well it looks like he is getting his very own helicopter released in his honor, and even if you aren’t a fan of the show it looks like a whole lot of fun to play with. The helicopter will feature twin rotors which allow for a much higher level of maneuverability compared to single tail rotor helicopters. The best part is that this one won’t break your bank, retailing at just $60. [CrunchGear]

Parrot AR.Drone

The Parrot AR.Drone could be one of the coolest gadgets that we have come across in a long time. This is a quadricopter which is apparently a new concept as spellcheck certainly isn’t recognizing it. The device can be piloted from an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad and will feature open source technology so that you can create your own levels and methods of flying. If you are interested in preordering one of these before its official September 3rd release, then you can do so at the Brookstone website for $299. [SlashGear]