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Ever toss a magnet at something to watch it stick? Simple but fun, right? Until you scratch or gouge the surface where the magnet lands. Brian Conti wanted to capture the fun of tossing magnets and watching them stick to things while avoiding damage to the magnet or the surface, so he created the crowedfunded Kickstarter [...]

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Did you have a Spirograph toy?  You remember, those plastic gear-like toys that let you draw amazing geometric designs?  Well, you won't have to expend any effort to draw the designs if you use the Scribbler Drawing Robot from Perpetual Kid.  The Scribbler is actually a kit; you'll need a hot glue gun and hot [...]

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I'm not really a huge sports fan, but these minifigs from OYO make me want to start so I can buy a few. The mini figures might look like LEGO minifigs, but OYO isn't associated with LEGO. Their figures feature rotating forearms, bendable knees, team colors, logos, and player likenesses so that they look like [...]

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Last Winter Dave and his son (AKA The Gadgeteer Kid) reviewed the Sphero ball, which they found fun to play with, but were not convinced that it was worth the $130 price tag. A new version of this remote controlled toy has just been announced - the Sphero 2.0. What's different? It's now 2x faster [...]

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SkyTrix from Daydream Toy is an all in one flying toy that combines some aspects of a paper airplane, kite, frisbee, boomerang and yo-yo into one battery-free waterproof toy. It can glide like an airplane (up to 200 feet), soar like a kite, performs tricks like a yo-yo and plays catch like a frisbee. You don't [...]

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posted in Kid Gadgets, News, Outdoor Gear

Summer's here, and it's already hot here in the south.  A good way to stay cool is to play in the water, but what can you do if you don't have a pool?  You can have a water war, of course, and you don't have to limit yourself to water balloon grenades, either.  With the [...]

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A few weeks ago when I was in a Barnes & Noble bookstore, I happened to see Nanoblock micro-sized building blocks kits. As a huge LEGO fan, I was instantly captivated by these miniature LEGO-like bricks. My mind was whirling with ideas of cool models that I could build and display at home and work. [...]

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Cubelets – Square Robots

Construction toys are always good for kids both big or small.  Cubelets from Modular Robots is a set of magnetic and modular building blocks that can be built into robots that respond to the world around them.  Using sensor, logic and actuating blocks, you can build robots that drive around on a tabletop, respond to light, sound, and [...]

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From Gnarboards comes comes a range of electric skateboards available in three models: Commuter, Road Warrior and Trail Rider. The boards will do up to 28 miles per hour with a maximum 21 mile range, based on a 2 hour charge time. Control is via a hand controller that allows you to accelerate, coast or [...]

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What is the world coming to? Way back when I was a kid, there was nothing better than finding a good playground with swings and see-saws to keep you busy for hours.  It appears though that Son-X has decided that kids today don't have any imagination and have released the Octavia to “awaken the natural curiosity in [...]

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The Dragon Grip from Dragon Grip Interactive is not a gaming controller.  This hand-held, special-effects toy is a Kickstarter project, and it is "based on a character from a creative world called Legend City."  It "allows the user to make sound effects styled from 70's Kung Fu movies in a choreographed sequence by the users [...]

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One of my all-time favorite adult toys is the Plantraco Desktop Rover (I have the 'pre-laser tag' version, and sadly, they do not seem to sell this anymore. I liked it because it was a device I could play with on a desktop (hence the clever name) and imagine it being a Mars rover, or [...]

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This Crossbow Water Balloon Launcher won't make you as cool as Daryl Dixon, but you'll have a lot more fun shooting the Walking Dead than he does.  This crossbow toy from The Sharper Image comes with 50 biodegradable water balloons, a balloon tie maker, and a plastic target.  It's made of brightly colored plastic, and [...]

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When I was a kid, there were no iPads, video games, or the Internet. When I wasn't reading books or taking apart broken appliances to salvage magnets, I was playing with yo-yos and gyroscopes. I hadn't thought about gyroscopes in years till I happened upon an entire site dedicated to selling them. Gyroscope.com offers several gyroscopes, [...]

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Winner of the Popular Science Best of Toy Fair 2102, TheO Ball from Physical Apps encases your smartphone in a large foam ball, and special apps  allows players to have an entertaining movement-based experience, all while protecting your phone, the players and their surroundings. Current games are Bowling, Hot Potato and Interrogo a "socially interactive game", and the games [...]

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The PowerUp Electric Powered Paper Airplane Conversion Kit from TailorToys will turn a homemade folded paper airplane into an electric powered propeller driven plane. It comes with one propeller module and a charger module which runs on 3 AA batteries. You will need to supply your own paper to fold your plane. Once folded, clip [...]

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These little Radica Fijit Friends from ThinkGeek are cuddly and cute.  ThinkGeek, and the video on their Fijit page, say these toys are for girls, but I think they might appeal to younger kids of both genders.  Be aware that they are recommended for ages 6+ because they have small parts that could pose a [...]

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This Edge Robotic Arm Kit from ThinkGeek could be the first step in automating your house - or at least dunking your teabag to make your mornings easier...  You won't have to solder, but you will have to follow instructions carefully.  In about 2 hours, you should have your own, working robotic arm.  The arm [...]

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Is there a more prolific and quintessential toy than the ball?  Used in all manner of games and sports (for both kids and adults), the versatile sphere is synonymous with fun the world over.  Well, the deceptively simple ball may be going high tech.  At the 2011 CES, Orbotix unveiled Sphero, a ball that can [...]

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posted in Android related, Bluetooth Gear, Geek Toys, iPhone, iPad, iPod

For a long, long time now, in households far and near, a battle has raged over whether young padawans would be allowed to play with their parents' movie-realistic and super-expensive Force FX lightsaber replicas, or be relegated to the clunky, much cheaper toyish versions found at toy stores across the Outer Rim (and here on [...]

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