odd toys

Stretchy rubber brand bracelets for kids shaped like gadgets

Stretchy rubber brand bracelets for kids shaped like gadgets

My daughter is five and she loves these stretchy rubber band bracelets that look like animals and other things when you take them off. She trades them with her friends and wears them all the time. She is a rubber band bracelet ninja though. You never know when she will jump out from behind something, yell "Hiii Yaaaa", shoot you in the face with one of the bands, and run off laughing hysterically.

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Magnetic putty makes Silly Putty look… silly

Magnetic putty makes Silly Putty look… silly

When I was younger, I thought Silly Putty was the coolest invention ever. You could use it to copy your favorite comics by sticking it to the newspaper, it could be made into all kinds of shapes, and it bounced. My enthusiasm for the material was dampened after a freak Silly Putty accident left me with a black eye.

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Tapescape sound-glitch robot gets Instructable, video demos

Tapescape sound-glitch robot gets Instructable, video demos

After we wrote about the Tapescape robot yesterday, maker Michael Columbo and his co-creator Ilan Schifter flagged up an Instructable with directions to make your own tape-following machine.  If you've ever wanted a bizarre looking 'bot that plays glitchy movement, and a way to get rid of an old boombox, this is the project for you.

Video demo of the Tapescape robot after the cut

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New electronic stress ball lets you relieve stress on your computer screen

New electronic stress ball lets you relieve stress on your computer screen

We all know that the typical workday can get a bit overbearing and stressful at times. That is why every employer should give their employees the gift of virtual stress relief. Now if previous stress relief methods have failed you this one may surprise you.

Similar to punching a pillow when your angry, the traditional stress ball allows you to squeeze, slam and otherwise abuse it in whatever way you choose in order to somehow get rid of the stress your feeling. This oddly shaped stress toy allows you to virtually take your stress out on your computer screen. Go ahead and put a picture of your boss on the screen and give him a good squeeze.

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Sega Toys robotic plant makes you feel less alone

Sega Toys robotic plant makes you feel less alone

Sometimes, sitting in front of the computer all day can feel pretty lonely. If only you had someone to talk to. Well, Sega Toys is trying to remedy that situation with a robotic plant called the Pekoppa.

Yes, you heard me right. A robotic plant. How can a plant be robotic, you must be wondering? Well, it nods at you. So, when you speak toward the plant, it nods back at you as though in agreement. That's it. That's all it does.

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A tiny TV just for her dollhouse

A tiny TV just for her dollhouse

Dollhouses are one of those things that even with the progression of technology many girls still love them. I still remember when my Dad bought me actual working lights for mine, I was completely mesmerized by technology making its way into my unwired wooden toy. For the record, even though that comment makes me sound old, I swear I'm still in my twenties.

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