toys

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s TacoCopter!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s TacoCopter!

Quadcopters are cool, no doubt about that. We've seen a number of these helicopters rocking four rotors often controlled by iPhones over the years. What we haven't seen are these quadcopter toys used for delivering omnoms like tacos. Sadly, the time for airborne taco delivery isn't nigh just yet. Last week TacoCopter was making the rounds.

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Lego + Transformers + Gameboy = Nerdgasm

Lego + Transformers + Gameboy = Nerdgasm

I had a Game Boy back in the day, and at the time it was pretty cool. Compared to today's standards it was horrible, but so things go with progress. Back in the day, the Game Boy was one of my favorite things along with Tetris. I also had a serious fixation on Transformers and Lego. A geek named Julius von Brunk has crafted a mashup that wraps all three of those 80s favorites in one project, and it's awesome.

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Mech Warfare Robot Arena project hits Kickstarter

Mech Warfare Robot Arena project hits Kickstarter

There are a bunch of awesome video games on the market today including games like Battlefield and Mass Effect 3. When the games we haven't seen in a while that was always one of my favorites was the MechWarrior franchise. I keep hoping someone will make a new game in the universe but until then this scale real-life air soft version might be as close as we get.

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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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