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Sony aibo is back: 5 things to know

Sony aibo is back: 5 things to know

Sony's aibo is back and, more than a decade after the robot dog project was shuttered, there's a newer, smarter version to steal your heart. Benefiting from the latest in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the cloud, the new aibo it wraps the cutting-edge in a seriously cute design. Read on for the five big things you need to know.

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Sony aibo robot dog returns, finally looks, moves like a dog

Sony aibo robot dog returns, finally looks, moves like a dog

Tech giants might be scrambling to put smart speakers in your living room, but Sony is more interested in letting a smart robot dog roam around instead. It may not have changed the name, but its new aibo (not spelled as Aibo this time) is so different from its predecessor it should have been given a different name. But, then again, it was a name that many have fallen in love with and, by the looks of it, they will fall in love with the new aibo all over again.

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Qoobo is a “therapeutic” pillow with a wagging cat tail

Qoobo is a “therapeutic” pillow with a wagging cat tail

There are many theories on things that make humans happy. Some swear by scents, others with touch. This latest thing to come from Japan would have us believe that our worries can be swept away by the hypnotic movement of cats' and dogs' tails. But not everyone has the predisposition, or the luxury, to keep such furry critters. So what is a human to do? Since robots are predicted to replace us soon, why not start with our pets? Enter Qoobo, which is practically, a headless, limbless robotic cat that will still wag and curl its tail in approval.

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Sphero R2-Q5 brings R2-D2’s Imperial rival to life

Sphero R2-Q5 brings R2-D2’s Imperial rival to life

Sphero's R2-D2 is getting an Imperial counterpart, with a limited-edition R2-Q5 joining the remote-control lineup. Expected to be a hit at NY Comic Con when it goes on sale from today, the R2-Q5 is not only a standalone toy but will interact with other Sphero-powered Star Wars figures the company has already launched.

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Seedling’s Parker teddy bear uses AR to teach kids caregiving

Seedling’s Parker teddy bear uses AR to teach kids caregiving

Your teddy bear doesn't need to be a (sometimes freaky) robot to be cool and hi-tech. It just needs an iPad or an iPhone. And maybe some imagination. Well, actually, you and your kid will need those if you want to fully experience what Parker has a to offer. A traditional teddy bear toy in all but one sense, Seedling wants kids to enjoy a timeless classic toy while sprinkling some digital wizardry using the magic of augmented reality.

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Sphero Mini brings spherical robot under fifty bucks

Sphero Mini brings spherical robot under fifty bucks

Sphero's attentions may have been on Star Wars lately, and its incredible R2-D2 robot, but the company still found time to make a new 'bot of its own, Sphero Mini. Condensing much of what makes its smartphone-controlled spherical robot great into a roughly billiard ball size, it's the new entry-level model in the company's range. Best of all is the price.

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Propel’s Star Wars drones put a laser battle in your living room

Propel’s Star Wars drones put a laser battle in your living room

Propel, largely known for its lightweight remote-controlled drones and helicopters, has officially announced the US release of its line of Star Wars battle drones. Already available to order, at launch, pilots can try to bullseye womp rats in Luke Skywalker’s classic X-Wing, shoot Jedi from the sky with Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced, or dodge trees on the Speeder Bike made famous by the Endor forest chase in Return of the Jedi.

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Sphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy

Sphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy

We may only be heading into September, but I'm calling it: you're looking at Sphero's R2-D2, and it's going to be the must-have toy of the 2017 holidays. Revealed today as part of the Star Wars "Force Friday" event, the remote-control R2-D2 - and its cousin from the Dark Side, Sphero's new BB-9E droid - looks set to be a must-have for fans of the movie, whether they're kids or otherwise. Indeed, it could well end up being Sphero's most popular robot to-date.

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Anki OVERDRIVE gets wild with Fast & Furious Edition

Anki OVERDRIVE gets wild with Fast & Furious Edition

Some like their cars with finesse and suave. Others like theirs with missile launchers and all sorts of hi-tech weapons of mass destruction. For the latter class, the closest you'll get to cars like those are in movies like the Fast & Furious or toys like Anki OVERDRIVE. So, why not have them both? That is exactly what Anki and Universal thought when they came together to bring fans of both franchises the Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition.

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The 1996 Tamagotchi is back, but in a smaller egg

The 1996 Tamagotchi is back, but in a smaller egg

Wish you could raise a virtual pet that didn't need to be involved in fights? Jealous of the portability of the Nintendo Switch? Have a thing for all things retro and pixelated? If you answered a resounding "Yes!" to all three, then this new Tamagotchi is probably perfect for you. Actually, it's the old Tamagotchi, the original 1996 model, in fact. Just re-released in a smaller package to give fans a heavy dose of nostalgia and to give today's younger generation a chance to learn some old-school patience and responsibility.

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BMW, LEGO made a mini 1200 GS that turns into a hover bike

BMW, LEGO made a mini 1200 GS that turns into a hover bike

LEGO blocks are the epitome of reusability. They can be used to form almost any object imaginable and then torn apart to be used to build a different object. But some LEGO blocks are made for specific designs and purposes to recreate a very specific thing, like a car or motorbike model. Can these blocks still be reused to create something else? The creative minds at BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic think so. And to prove it, they took the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and turned it into the LEGO Technic Hover Bike.

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LEGO Life is a safe social network for young builders

LEGO Life is a safe social network for young builders

Everything is social these days. Almost everything has a way to share anything and everything online. Kids are taught an early age to share and be proud of even the simple things they make but it hasn’t been easy, let alone safe, for them to share those works of creativity on the usual social networks. That is why LEGO is making its own social network called LEGO Life made especially just for kids, to let them share their creations and inspire other creators. Of course, it all revolves around LEGO. Even the keyboard is LEGO!

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