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An asymmetrical elephant top that balance thanks to an algorithm created at Disney Researc...

Tops, yo-yos, and other spinning toys are amongst the oldest playthings created by man, with the earliest examples dating back to 3,500 BC. Paradoxically, they’re not very easy to make with their design requiring a lot of trial and error. One mistake and, instead of a pirouetting plaything, you get a clattering paperweight. That’s why spinning toys tend to be symmetrical – until now. In a blow for symmetry, Disney Research Zurich and ETH Zurich have developed a computer algorithm that can take any shape, no matter how cock-eyed, and make it spin like a top.  Read More

The full-scale Vader HotWheels car uses a Corvette chassis and is reportedly capable of 80...

Darth Vader might traverse distant galaxies in a Tie Fighter, but what about when he’s in California? Mattel’s answer: a Darth Vader car. Appearing at Comic Con this week, the one-off is part of a release event for a new line of Star Wars-inspired Hot Wheels cars.  Read More

The popular My Little Pony line has been customized by a hand-picked selection of 3D artis...

While Hasbro's existing catalog is already brimming with toys for childhood recreation, it has just announced an initiative that could bring a new level of personalization to playtime. Joining forces with 3D-printing marketplace Shapeways, the company has launched SuperFanArt, a site that lets fans design and print toys based on Hasbro's much-loved product range.  Read More

Lego Fusion lets users play with their physical creations in virtual worlds

Lego has revealed a new line of play kits which are designed to combine its traditional brick-building and app-based gaming. The new Lego Fusion range will allow children to photograph their physical creations using a smartphone or tablet, and then see them brought to life in virtual worlds.  Read More

Just in time for (northern) summer vacations, Gizmag has rounded up a list of top tech for...

With an abundance of kid-oriented tablets and high-tech toys, children have more reasons than ever to stay fixed firmly to the couch. While the popularity of Angry Birds and Minecraft speaks volumes for video entertainment's ability to engage, the gadgets that inspire beyond the screen perhaps don't get quite the same fanfare. With this in mind, Gizmag has rounded up some top tech to help keep youngsters occupied.  Read More

The Real FX R/C car system works like a slot track, but with some major advantages

Slot car tracks were a ton of fun for racing with friends, but they came with some serious problems. Cars had a habit of flying off the track, pieces took a while to set up, and they required another person to race against. A new system called Real FX aims to bring the fun we all remember from slot-based racing to the modern era, with tracks that promise to be easier to set up, cars that actually assist the driver, and even AI opponents to race with when friends aren't around.  Read More

Project NESM allows users to run a Slinky indefinitely

"Everyone knows it's Slinky." You might remember this classic line from the Slinky commercials of yore, and now the toy that's designed to topple end-over-end could be making a comeback in the form of Project NESM (Never Ending Slinky Machine), a machine that allows a Slinky to roll on a desk for as long as the user would like it to.  Read More

The LED hood lets children add a personal touch to the Camatte

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.  Read More

MiP balances on two wheels, using the mobile inverted pendulum principle

You may never be able to afford your own Segway, but soon you'll be able to buy something similar for just a hundred bucks. You won't be able to ride it, but it might ultimately end up being more fun. It's Wowwee's MiP toy robot, which performs a variety of activities while balancing on its two wheels.  Read More

The AryaBall and AryaBat combo is meant to be the one toy needed for outdoor play

At first glance, AryaBall looks like a soccer ball and a baseball bat. However, where it gets interesting is when you take the soccer ball apart and find a football, baseball and flying disc tucked inside ... like an outdoor sports version of a nesting doll.  Read More

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