For the past two years, Toyota has been working on a different kind of concept car. At the 2012 and 2013 Tokyo Toy Shows, it debuted lifelike Camatte toy cars
designed to give kids an early appreciation for the automobile. This year, it adds a new feature to the Camatte design: a digital hood that lets kids customize their roadsters with original artwork.
Remember that awesome transforming robot
built by the one-man wonder Kenji Ishida? Well, apparently Takara Tomy took notice of it after videos of the robot went viral last year and is developing its own mass-market version under the official Transformers
banner. They showed the automatically transforming toy alongside a robotic lion from its Zoids line, both controlled with an iPhone, at Tokyo Toy Show 2013.
It's said that dogs are man's best friend, but in recent years it feels like pooches have lost this role to ever-present and reliable smartphones. So, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that someone has combined the two. The SmartPet is a toy which, with the addition of your iPhone, becomes a cartoon-faced pet dog robot.
The latest Toyota concept isn't debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show; it's debuting at the International Tokyo Toy Show. Without the benefit of a background reference, the Camatte concept looks like it could be a new subcompact car. In a way, it is, but it's not designed for the average commuter. It's a working car designed for kids.