Anki are the creators of some of the most sophisticated toys in the world, their latest creation Vector is about to set the standard in artificially intelligent assistants. Like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa he is designed to listen and respond to voice commands, making your every wish his command.
Fellow Star Wars fans rejoice, there is no longer any excuse for a crumby desk, the R2-D2 Desk Vac is here to save the day. He won’t fix your X-Wing, project holograms or respond with witty beep boop retorts but he will vacuum clean your desk.
Powered by a USB cable the little R2-D2 (13.5 x 10.5 x 10) sucks up any desk debris through a vent in his front third leg (no pun intended) and stores it in an internal canister that is emptied by unscrewing his head (ouch). Priced at $23.39 USD from ToyLand its cheap enough that we can all have a little droid of our own. All we need now is a C-3PO in an apron to push him around.
Let loose on a staircase and the Slinky seems to have a mind of its own, but put the Slinky in the hands of a Master and things quickly become incredible. YouTube channel RainbowPoopUnicorn has tracked down video evidence of one such master in action. Seeming to defy the laws of physics through an incredible sense of touch the Slinky Master is able to control the waves of energy running through the Slinky with incredible precision.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the skills of a true master in action. Able to make this simple piece of coiled wire dance and writhe to his every whim to produce one incredibly hypnotic performance, this is the Slinky Master. Sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed by a Slinky dancing as you have never seen before.
littleBits, the RadioShack electronics kit of the future has arrived. Consisting of dozens of unique self contained modules or bits that snap together magnetically, joining together to do useful little tasks.
Using littleBits anyone can now build their own electronic gadgets, no soldering or electronics expertise required, thanks to the clever littleBits. Currently the most popular projects consist of turning cardboard cut-out animals and robots into living animated and reacting characters.
There are however many other projects available, projects ranging from handy and amusing to advanced interactive system. What the future holds is only limited by the imagination of the bitsters. All of the projects are free and awaiting download, thanks to the fast growing community.
The Christmas toy season is quickly approaching, toy companies around the world are beavering away in their labs trying to formulate the latest must have toy. Orbotix, a small company from Boulder Colorado may have this years viral toy sitting in the palm of their hand, a toy named Sphero. Orbotix have taken the worlds oldest toy, the ball, and dragged it kicking and screaming into the 21st century in turn creating the worlds only remote-controlled intelligent ball. Sphero, he will roll his way into everyone’s hearts and minds.
“The idea is to combine Sphero, a real world robot ball with the virtual world of augmented reality and by doing so, enhance the overall gaming experience for the user. Augmented reality allows Sphero to become the object of any number of virtual games. Picture Sphero as a wrecking ball crushing virtual objects in your living room – the possibilities are endless.” Adam Wilson, Chief Software Architect.
Sifteo is clearly taking it to old-time board games from the likes of Mattel. This next generation game should have the big names worried. Loaded with new sensor technology these new generation toys are taking advantage of the sensor / interface revolution happening at the moment. The Sifteo Cubes are just one example of the wacky fun applications we can expect from this new technology.
The Cubes come in packs of three with each Cube having a 1.5″ display, sensors, cpu and wireless comms. Each 1.5″ Cube is gifted with the latest sensors including; touch sensors, motion sensors, proximity and contact sensors. Games are able to use each of the available sensors any way they wish. The clever system Sifteo has implemented makes the system extremely flexible for developers, the way the sensors are used is only limited by the developers imagination, expect new fun ways to evolve over time. After making a splash at CES and taking home Innovation awards Sifteo Cubes are about to burst into a gadget and toy stores everywhere.
The Cubes are available to Early Access members at the moment – which anyone can still apply for and join -, there is a discount available to members so it is worth getting in early. The discount rate of $99 USD for the basic pack will lift to $US149 once they are released in Q3 2011. They will be available through the Sifteo website, gadget stores, toy stores and other online retailers. The basic pack of cubes includes 3 cubes, a USB wireless PC dongle and a charger for 6 cubes. An expansion pack will be available, consisting of another 3 cubes that can be added to the basic pack, taking your cube count to 6 improving multiplayer and options during games.