Disappointing news for anyone hoping SEGA would be making a return to portable gaming hardware. The SEGA Vision device tipped last Friday - which was claimed to be a multi-function PMP and games console - is actually a Chinese-made media player with no development connection to SEGA themselves. As for the games, they're basic Java titles similar to that found on a cellphone.
Official SEGA statement after the cut
Sega are apparently planning a return to the hardware market, in the shape of the Sega Vision gaming PMP. Equipped with a built-in TV tuner, audio and video player, digital camera with video recording functionality and, of course, the ability to play games (of an unspecified format), according to Sega the Vision is set to launch in the UK sometime next year.
Video of the Sega device after the cut
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.
Who doesn't like a little bit of useless tech once in awhile? That's exactly what the Handheld Aquarium from Sega Toys offers users in its Wiimote-crossed-with-iPod form.
If you enjoy your baths but candlelight isn't quite the right mood for you, this cool little planetarium is definitely great for those that are in need of mood lighting. With this you can lay back as it casts pretty starry skies onto your walls.
It makes me wish I could sit still long enough to soak in the tub, however, I just tend to enjoy showers way more. For those that aren't as squirmy as I am, you can also flip the planetarium over and have it cast different colors and designs into the water itself.
The Homestar Spa from SEGA Toys is being sold for $70. It might also be cool for those with hot tubs to give different lighting than the boring colored bulbs that are usually featured in hot tubs.
In a world where arcade games have seemingly gone to the wayside, knocked out of the way by their console and cell phone based brethren there is still hope. It can be found in the new Sega Lindberg arcade cabinets, and I hope they aren’t making fun of my buddy Charles.
Many people have an almost unnatural obsession with their iPod. I've got one and it's great, I just don't see what all of the fuss is about. Then again some people would make similar remarks about my DS, so I understand. Lately the tiny music player has grown beyond simply playing music and videos, venturing into the realm of gaming. Recently Sega described the iPod as “flawless” when it comes to gaming.
Colour me smitten, Sega Toys have updated their awesome Yume Neko Smile robotic cat. Its name translating as "Dream Cat Smile", I fell hopelessly in love with the animatronic kitty back in 2006, tested the furry white masterpiece in February last year, and now the company has launched a new, talking version at the Tokyo Toy Forum this week.
Check out a video of the new Yume Neko Smile after the cut!
Once again I'm ashamed of my lack of Dremel skills. The product of a feverish desire to take the Sega Dreamcast out on the move, this mod is a custom vacuum casing containing not only the guts of the console but a set of two 7.2V 3Ah R/C car batteries. Rather intimidatingly, the game CD simply clips onto the spindle at the back with no door or cover to protect your soft, delicate fingers.
Yet another blast from the past is making its way into the new generation wrapped in a shiny new package (which looks like this one but cheaper). Nothing gets a kids attention quite like a portable game system. I doubt the AtGames Mega Drive Portable will be much of a contender to the DS and PSP but it’s sure to make some old schoolers happy.
So you think the Wii is cool because you can wave around a controller and that’s how you play the games, that’s crap compared to what Sega is working on with NeuroSky. They are working on making it possible to play games with your brain, that’s right, your thoughts.