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Anki OVERDRIVE adds hulking big rig Supertrucks to its roster

Anki OVERDRIVE adds hulking big rig Supertrucks to its roster

Toys-to-life isn't dead, at least not yet. That is somewhat the hidden message that Anki is sending the market as it launches two new additions to its AI-controlled fleet of toy cars. These Supertrucks, the flaming red X52 and the cool green Freewheel, are meant to mimic the menacing forms of their real world big rig counterparts. However, they are able to accomplish what real, giant trucks should never be allowed to do: race on the road at neck breaking speeds and cause other vehicles around it to veer off the road to their demise.

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Nintendo Power Glove gutted, repurposed as a drone controller

Nintendo Power Glove gutted, repurposed as a drone controller

Despite almost being atrocious in its actual implementation, Nintendo's Power Glove accessory back in the NES days sparked many a hackers and tinkerer's imagination because of the possibilities it opened. Back then, however, such ideas were not easily possible to pull off. Fast forward to today's accessible and advanced electronics, the Power Glove has been put under the knife and the soldering iron in the name of science and boredom. Like this Hackaday project that shows a drone who's boss by controlling it with nothing but Jedi hand gestures.

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Burger King giveaway toy becomes Game Boy Color Nano via RPi Zero

Burger King giveaway toy becomes Game Boy Color Nano via RPi Zero

McDonald's may have seemed quite pioneering by launching Happy Meal boxes that transform into a Google Cardboard compatible VR headset. However, rival Burger King might have been ahead of the competition in mixing tech with food. Back in 2000, it gave away tiny gaming handhelds that looked like miniaturized versions of the Nintendo GameBoy Color. Of course, it was nothing like Nintendo's world-famous device, only capable of playing analog games inside. With today's technology, however, it was really only a matter of time before such a toy got a nearly accurate GameBoy makeover it deserved.

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Osmo Coding combines toys, programming, and learning

Osmo Coding combines toys, programming, and learning

While major players like Disney and Activision, to some extent, are abandoning the "toys-to-life" ship that they helped establish, their departure leaves room for more takers and innovators to take the market in new directions. Activision, for example, wants to try its luck in the card collecting and battling genre. Osmo, on the other hand, is doing what it does best, make educational toys. Osmo Coding attempt to bridge the divide between physical and digital while, at the same time, giving the young ones what could be their first taste of programming.

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LEGO reveals 2′ tall Big Ben Creator set

LEGO reveals 2′ tall Big Ben Creator set

When I was a kid, LEGO sets had a little bit of variety. I remember having your normal "City" sets, Space Police, and some kind of medieval line. While I enjoyed all of these, I usually chose to disassemble most of them and make my own creations. These days, it seems like everything under the sun has been made into a LEGO set. Today, we've got a look at a new Creator set, which will have you building a famous landmark with your tiny bricks.

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Disney Researchers found a way to make faster RFID toys

Disney Researchers found a way to make faster RFID toys

Disney might have officially called it quits in publishing its own digital games, but it isn't completely throwing in the towel in researching the best ways to make those. Either that or the researchers at Disney got the memo too late. Teaming up with researchers from Carnegie Mellon and MIT, Disney Researchers have come across a solution that would make RFID-based toys and games faster but also more efficient, by doing away with the need to even include batteries just to keep track of objects.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens prequel scenes on the way (via LEGO)

Star Wars The Force Awakens prequel scenes on the way (via LEGO)

This morning the folks behind LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens have revealed that their game will have extra plot. Extra, that is, in that it'll have scenes that will lead up to the events that take place in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This will include Rathtar Hunting and Lor San Tekka's first appearance on Jakku - exactly what you've wanted to see, if the amount of people that've visited our "Who is Lor San Tekka" article is any indication.

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This LEGO Star Destroyer has a full interior, complete with hangar and ships

This LEGO Star Destroyer has a full interior, complete with hangar and ships

My favorite toys growing up were my LEGO sets. Well, I say "sets" but really very few of my sets stayed the way they were originally intended. They were all eventually parted out to make way for more imaginative creations. While I did make my own custom X-wing and TIE fighter, nothing I constructed was anywhere nearly as amazing as this custom Star Destroyer.

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Fisher-Price is making kid-safe baby moments with GoPro

Fisher-Price is making kid-safe baby moments with GoPro

GoPro cameras might be most commonly associated with track days and extreme sports, but if Fisher-Price has its way you'll be using them to record your kids, too. The company is one of more than a hundred different firms taking part in the GoPro Developer Program, the camera specialist's attempt to turn its product line into a whole ecosystem.

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Sharp robot phone will make you smile, price will make you cry

Sharp robot phone will make you smile, price will make you cry

It is probably part of a robotics fan's dream come true. Or nightmare once they see the price tag. If you thought Sharp was joking last year when it revealed the talking, walking, and even dancing RoboHon robot phone, then this latest announcement will probably prove how dead serious it is. Serious enough to slap on the equivalent of $1,800 on the non-smartphone communications and telephony device rolled into one. Yes, that will be how much it costs when RoboHon launches in Japan on May 26th.

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Xiaomi, Hasbro now crowdfunding a Transformer “tablet”

Xiaomi, Hasbro now crowdfunding a Transformer “tablet”

While Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is renowned for its myriad of fast-selling smartphones, its tablet selection, in contrast, is dreadfully sparse. It has just revealed one such device in the works, but this tablet is definitely more than meets the eye. If that line and the title above wasn't yet a dead giveaway, will come clean immediately. Xiaomi is crowdfunding what does seem to be a perfectly normal tablet, except it isn't. Made together with acclaimed toy maker Hasbro, this slab actually morphs into a robot in the vein of the Transformers line of toys.

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Sphero BB-8 toy will watch “The Force Awakens” with You

Sphero BB-8 toy will watch “The Force Awakens” with You

Today is the big day for Star Wars fans, the latest film in the franchise "The Force Awakens" is landing on video today. If you happen to own the Sphero BB-8 toy based on the new droid in the film, there is a cool update for that toy designed to keep kids playing with it and to make you want to watch and enjoy the film at the same time. It's a nice bit of marketing for the toy and the film.

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