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AR.Drone 2.0 pre-orders to kickoff March 1

AR.Drone 2.0 pre-orders to kickoff March 1

If you are a big fan of the first Parrot AR.Drone, you be glad to hear this. The second version of that cool iPhone controlled flying machine is going on pre-order starting March 1. The latest version is called the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and it looks very similar to the original. The new version has an integrated camera so you can see from on high, and it comes with several accessories.

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Lego geek astronaut builds Lego ISS on the ISS

Lego geek astronaut builds Lego ISS on the ISS

If you follow the ISS on you know that you all kinds of experiments aboard the space station. Most of those experiments are things that most of us consider boring. Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Satoshi Furukawa had a chance to do something really cool a lot Lego geeks will love onboard the ISS. He constructed a Lego replica of the ISS, on the ISS, in about two hours.

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Quad the green tech Tamagotchi toy for kids

Quad the green tech Tamagotchi toy for kids

Here's a new toy concept that can help instill green values in your kids when it comes to using renewable energy. A toy designed by Endrit Hanjo, called the Quad, works like the Tamagotchi toys of yesteryears but it comes with a catch. For the toy to be kept alive, your kids will need to keep it well fed on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy.

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Avi Greengart’s Toy Fair 2012

Avi Greengart’s Toy Fair 2012

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.

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Wow Stuff teases robotic toy it calls the “greatest toy in the universe”

Wow Stuff teases robotic toy it calls the “greatest toy in the universe”

When it comes to toys, pretty much everything claims to be the coolest thing you've ever seen. They have to. That's how they lure in weak-minded parents who succomb to their child's every request. But based on the fact that this particular toy is the subject of a YouTube video that reached around 500,000 views in a single day, its manufacturer may actually be onto something.

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Awesome replica Portal gun up for pre-order

Awesome replica Portal gun up for pre-order

I've seen some very cool replica weapons from video games over the years. Some of my favorite replica weapons have been those used in the Mass Effect franchise. I think the latest replica weapon to surface may be the coolest yet. It is a 1:1 scale model of the Aperture Science Handheld Portal gun from the Valve video game Portal.

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Star Wars slot car sets don’t use cars

Star Wars slot car sets don’t use cars

This is so awesome. I had a bunch of slot car sets when I was a kid; I was never very good at racing them though. Mostly I concentrated on making the cars leave the track and hit the people racing against me in the gonads. That trick takes more skill than you might imagine. I would have so owned one of these as a kid. Honestly, I might order both of them now.

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iLaunch Thunder: Awesome iOS controlled Nerf Dart Gun

iLaunch Thunder: Awesome iOS controlled Nerf Dart Gun

In case anyone didn't notice, this week has been filled with CES 2012 coverage and hands-on. To keep an even balance I have an awesome toy for those of you that enjoy doing fun -- or dumb things with your smartphone. This is the iOS-controlled iLauncher Thunder. Basically a nerf dart gun or launcher to keep you busy during boring moments at work, or to shoot at your pets while relaxing on the couch.

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