Whether we admit it or not, we all love the Slinky. A thin piece of metal, essentially a spring who’s lost its way, brings so much joy to us all. A new Kickstarter project wants to give your Slinky purpose, and you the never-ending enjoyment you always wanted.
Sherlock Holmes reboots haven't been in short supply, but few have caught the public imagination like the BBC's Sherlock, and the moody series - just ending its third season - may be immortalized in a new LEGO set. The kit - which would include the pieces to build a version of Holmes' 221B Baker Street home, along with minifigs of Sherlock himself, John Watson, Moriarty and more - is one of LEGO's six Winter 2014 LEGO Review contenders, along with a large-scale model of the time-traveling DeLorean from Back to the Future, and the transforming VF-1 Valkyrie mecha from anime Space Fortress Macross.
We have talked about some of the remote controlled toys from BeeWi in the past. The company rolled out its sumo and soccer playing RC robot in September 2013. BeeWi is on hand at CES 2014 and the company has rolled out a new robot toy that is remote controlled called the Bluetooth Fighting Mini Robot.
Robotic toys aren't that uncommon on the market today. Some of them are more like engineering projects than toy kits, but others are designed for people that just want to play. Toy manufacturer WowWee has announced a new robot aimed at kids looking for a simple robot to play with.
Geeks like robots, everyone knows that. ThinkGeek has announced the launch of an interesting new robot that geeks of all ages will like called Bero. Bero is a Bluetooth-controlled open source robot that can be controlled using your smartphone.
We've seen plenty of remote-controlled toy robots over the years. We've seen remote-controlled devices that can fly such as the AR Drone and remote-controlled devices that roll around on the ground as well. What I don't recall seeing is a remote-controlled device that combines both ground and air capability into one device.
Playing with some types of balls in public can be troublesome and irritating to onlookers. We've all seen guys in public standing around throwing a football with no respect to people trying to walk by. However, if the balls you're playing with happen to be the robotic Sphero type, odds are other people will join in the play thanks to the easy to control nature. If you happen to live in the UK, you'll be glad to hear that you can now get your hands on your own robotic balls.
There's certainly no shortage of tiny remote control helicopters on the market today. I've owned quite a few of these flying toys, and they are a lot of fun to play with. A different style of flying toy is now on Kickstarter seeking funding from a company you may be familiar with called Dream Cheeky.
Desk Pets is a company that makes all sorts of small remote-controlled toys. Some of the first products offered from the company were shaped like little bugs. The last product we talked about from Desk Pets was the TankBot that we reviewed late last year. The company is back with a new toy called the CarBot that is now available.
Last fall, a little tank treaded robot turned up on Kickstarter called the Romo from Romotive. The Romo used your iPhone as its brain to control the tank base to allow the little bot to perform all sorts of tasks. The team behind the little robot is back on Kickstarter right now looking for more funding.