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The LittleBits Code Kit is an easy way to play (and learn) with Arduino

I’m not a fan of educational toys. They’re usually either too educational or too toy-like and, in the end, kids get little education and little fun. The Code Kit from LittleBits has change

Toymakers are the early adopters pushing AR into the mainstream

One indicator of how the market is apparently more comfortable with AR than it is with its immersive sibling, VR, is that one of its earliest adopters are toymakers.

The cameras are coming

This is the case with Snap’s new Spectacles. Buried deep in the excess of the plastic and PR lies a camera system that tells us a lot about the future of commerce, security and communication. Wi

Ziro is a nifty hand-controlled robotics kit for kids

Meet <a target="_blank" href="http://ziro.io">Ziro</a>, a robotics kit that lets you build all sorts of vehicles using a few motors, a smartphone, a glove and your imagination. Ziro’s default kit co

If Apple Made A Cat Toy, It Would Be This One

Amazing design isn't just for us humans. What about the cats who want a toy to play with like the new pretty iPhone? Nobody is really trying to make a cat's playtime as enjoyable as possible. WHERE

Baby Bidou mp3 player. You know, for kids

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/179_large5.jpg" />I always say that you're never too young to start with your first gadget. This is an example of that theory, taken mayb

New Japanese toy: Endless chocolate bar breaker

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/bandai_mugen_chocolate-620x269.jpg" /> Do you like the feeling you get when you break a chocolate bar in half? Do you want to experience

Very cool RC toy: "Mission Carrier SWAT truck" with helicopter (video)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/swat_bandai_2-620x566.png" /> Just yesterday we featured Bandai's cool remote-controlled <a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/07/13/s

Sky Armor: Bandai's cool heli-robot toy (video)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/sky_armor-620x413.jpg" /> This is a pretty cool RC toy from Japan. Bandai has announced the Sky Armor, a remote-controlled robot that ca

Grilled Meat King: Bandai to sell BBQ simulator toy

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/bandai_bbq_toy.jpg" /> Just in time for summer, Japan gets a new toy that won't require you to go out to get the BBQ experience anymore.

Useless and Japan-only but cute: Mini USB construction site

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/usb_construction_site_wiz.jpg" /> <a href="http://www.wizinc.co.jp/english/index.html">Wiz</a>, the Japanese toy maker behind great stuf

Flying Ultraman: Japan gets another cool Nippon-exlusive toy

Tokyo-based toy maker Wiz today unveiled a remote-controlled mini Ultraman figure [JP, PDF] that is able to fly, just like the original in the legendary super hero series. The so-called Charabot Ultra

Mugen Pop Pop: America finally gets one of these wacky Japanese gadgets

The problem with some of the Japanese gadgets I am blogging about is that they either never become available outside Japan or can only be bought through specialized import shops. But now Bandai Americ

Homestar Extra: Sega Toys' Homestar Planetarium gets an upgrade

Sega Toys Japan introduced a mini planetarium for bathrooms in June (available for people living outside Nippon here) and now updates its super-successful home planetarium series with the Homestar Ext

U-Diver: Bandai Japan's remote-controlled micro submarine

Japanese toy maker CCP has announced the U-Diver, its remote-controlled micro submarine, will be sold in Japan starting at the beginning of next month. CCP isn’t really an international company

Video gallery: Watch the Augmented Reality Tuttuki Bako Box in action

Two weeks ago, I blogged about Bandai Japan’s Tuttuki Bako augmented reality-ish toy box, which is due out in Nippon on November 15 (price: $30). Bandai has set up a dedicated web site for the p

Battle Titan: Meet Elekit's awesome model tank

http://blip.tv/play/ih_T1QuJ5FQ Japanese electronics company Elekit is selling a model tank that is operated via a wireless remote control and fires off infrared “cannons”. Up to four of t

Japanese alarm clock wakes up heavy sleepers with helicopter engine sound

Tokyo-based Toyo Trading [JP] is selling an alarm clock in the shape of a helicopter, which wakes up users with a tricky mechanism. Unfortunately, the device is Japan-only at this point. At the preset

Robo-Q: Tomy unveils thumb-sized walking robot

Japanese toymaker Tomy Co unveiled Robo-Q, which is what they say the world’s smallest walking robot. The two-legged toy is just 3.4 centimeters high and weighs 12 grams. Robo-Q can detect obstacles

Augmented Reality? The Tuttuki Bako box needs your finger to play with virtual characters

Who needs Augmented Reality Cybermaid Alice? Bandai Japan plans to release a palm-size cube in the middle of next month that lets you stick your finger into it to interact with the beings and things c
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