What happens when you combine a popular first-person shooter like Call of Duty
with toy guns like Nerf? You get the Tek Recon, a new product that takes what we loved about those blaster guns as a kid and mashes in some modern twists that can only be delivered with the rise in popularity of smartphones. It certainly looks like an interesting way for kids (or adults) to get outside and play with their friends.
Concerned that youngsters are showing a preference for video games at the expense of traditional toys, Lego has reportedly
teamed up with the enemy, partnering with Sony to develop prototype Lego bricks embedded with electronics that they’ve dubbed “Toy Alive.”
Cats may love batting at tantilizingly-dangled kitty toys
, but most of us can’t dangle those toys for our felines all day long – not even by remote control
. The Solar Chaser was designed to pick up the slack, using an integrated solar panel to power its toy-bobbing arm.
Robots made for kids tend to move in a way that can only be described as lurching. The 14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot Kit puts that expectation to good use with its shambling Zombie-Bot model, but with thirteen other forms, it can also mimic several animals, wheeled transportation, robots, and even multiple seafaring contraptions. As it's equipped with a solar panel you'll never have to have to find a battery charger.
Though it may bring to mind a Star Wars
starfighter model, or perhaps a top-secret military jet concept, the futuristic-looking MusicMachine by Reuge and MB&F is in fact a fully-functional music box.
Good things may often come in small packages, but the Mammuth Rewarron sees the humble radio-controlled car supersized. Aptly referred to as “remote controlled testosterone” by manufacturer Mammuth Works, the gas-guzzling monster can reach a top speed of roughly 70 km/h (45 mph). It is also said to be the first production RC car built to a 1:3 scale.
While there are already a number of solar-powered model cars on the market, Toylabs’ new Volta Racer
is unique in a couple of ways – you put it together yourself, and it incorporates a flexible polycrystalline silicon solar panel. Although my days of playing with toy cars are behind me (sort of), my days of tinkering with things aren’t, so I decided to check out one of the sun-powered autos for myself.
Smartphone-controlled toys: we are not strangers to them at Gizmag. Rocket launchers
and maze-solving thingummyjigs
are all very well, but creative sorts may prefer something they can build from scratch. The new iPhone-controlled Mini Brick Car and Van from iHelecopters.net would seem to meet the brief, being brick kits with which one can build any number of wheeled vehicles to crash into the furniture.
If you want to teach children about hydrogen power, you can always buy them a fuel cell-powered toy car like the H-ROVER
. Should you wish to show them the merits of solar power, there are also quite a number of solar panel-equipped cars from which to choose. ToyLabs’ new Volta Racer, however, is reportedly the first toy car to feature a flexible polycrystalline
silicon solar panel.
Instead of shelling out for a complete radio-controlled plane, why not just add a powered propeller and steerable rudder to a paper plane of your own? That’s the thinking behind PowerUp Toys’ PowerUp 3.0
kit. Now, Canada’s Plantraco MicroFlight has applied that same sort of thinking to blimps. The resulting Nanoblimp, billed as “the world’s smallest RC blimp,” uses a plain ol’ party-variety helium balloon as its gas envelope.