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.
This may be the coolest little remote control helicopter I've ever seen. It has dual counter rotating rotor blades of top and a red unibrowed Angry Bird instead of a helicopter body. The helicopter is designed for indoor and outdoor play and promises to be easy to control and survive the inevitable crashes that come with this sort of toy.
If you’re a LEGO fan, this may very well be the droid you’re looking for. LEGO are set to release a version of R2-D2 as part of their Ultimate Collector’s Series. R2 is made from over 2,100 individual pieces, and the attention to detail the designers have displayed is admirable.
I have attended and spoken at a lot of trade shows over the years – consumer electronics, telephony, computing, broadcasting, database programming, home theater, whatever SXSW is – but I have always wanted to go to Toy Fair. Even the name of it sounds like fun – who doesn’t like toys? This year I finally found an excuse to go, and it wasn’t to see Star Wars toys. (Well, at least it wasn’t the only reason.) At CES this year, there were tons of connected toys – board games that interact with an iPad, children’s educational tablets, and lots of flying things with iPhone controllers. I covered a few of these in my holiday gift guide, but thought that it would be worth attending Toy Fair 2012 and seeing how deeply connectivity really went in the toy industry. What new gadgets would I find? Are vendors embedding 3G and 4G radios into toys, or just WiFi? Toy Fair agreed, and gave me a press pass.
There's a cult classic video game out there right now called Minecraft, and if you've ever played this block-tastic adventure of a puzzler, you know it lends itself perfectly to the real world block toy Lego. What's just what hundreds and thousands of Lego and Minecraft fans thought as Minecraft grew in popularity, and through a special "vote them in" program with Lego called Cuusoo, and the developers behind the Minecraft game Mojang are at the helm of the project. What you're seeing here is the first, and perhaps only, Minecraft lego set ever to be produced.
Without so much as a "gang-way!" you'll find the Big Box Edition 1 set of Android toys in stores this week, with Android Bell himself having had little to no warning of their release. They're all official, indeed they are the real deal and made by Bell himself, but sometimes distribution lines can do odd tricks in the background, you know? These Big Box Edition toys will not be part of the limited edition lines you've seen thus far, nor will they be part of the special edition lines - and they're not blind boxed!
Before you have a heart attack over the undeniable excellence that would be a real live hovering Hover Board from Back to the Future: Part II, note that this one doesn't QUITE float yet. Instead we get an assurance that this Hover Board does not work on water and that the price for this 1:1 replica will indeed be produced by Mattel and will be released in a "minimum orders required" fashion. This means that because the creation of this item is so costly to Mattel, they're requiring that a minimum number of pre-orders be placed before they go into production.