toys

  • Remember hoverboards? Half a million are being recalled as fire hazards

    Remember hoverboards? Half a million are being recalled as fire hazards

    Hoverboards! The must-have trash gadget of the holidays, now gathering dust in a million closets and garages nationwide, is being recalled in even larger numbers than before due to “a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.” Someone warn Justin Bieber! Read More

  • Furby gets updated again for the smartphone era

    Furby gets updated again for the smartphone era

    A good Furby doesn’t die, it just runs out of batteries. And maybe, if you’re lucky, it evolves every few years or so. Back in 2012, Hasbro brought the cuddly little iconic monster back from the toy grave with an electronic update. A few years on, the company is back with yet another major refresh to the line, aimed at an even more tech savvy consumer. Heck, it’s right there… Read More

  • Happy Atoms launches to teach kids about the wonders of molecules

    Happy Atoms launches to teach kids about the wonders of molecules

    While I absolutely despise most STEM toys I’m going to give Happy Atoms a pass simply because it is aimed at educators and not for the home market. Created by chemistry set maker Thames & Kosmos along with Pittsburgh-based Schell Games, Happy Atoms teaches kids about building molecules using magnetic atoms that connect in “happy” ways. The entire kit comes with… Read More

  • Even Barbie Has A Smart Home And Hoverboard Now

    Even Barbie Has A Smart Home And Hoverboard Now

    Consumers may have been slow to adopt smart home technology, but that’s not the case for Barbie. At the recent New York Toy Fair, Mattel unveiled a newly upgraded – and now tech-enabled – Dreamhouse for its iconic doll. The house lets kids control its various elements – from the lights to the elevator to other appliances – and even the music! – using… Read More

  • The Serious Business Of Play Crunch Network

    The Serious Business Of Play

    “The next big thing will start out looking like a toy.” At least according to A16Z partner Chris Dixon. He used the phrase to explain why incumbents often confuse new, disruptive threats to their businesses with trivial gimmicks. But what if the next big thing doesn’t just look like a toy, but actually is one? Read More

  • Mattel Unveils ThingMaker, A $300 3D Printer That Lets Kids Make Their Own Toys

    Mattel Unveils ThingMaker, A $300 3D Printer That Lets Kids Make Their Own Toys

    At New York’s Toy Fair trade show over the weekend, Mattel unveiled its new, $300 3D Printer, the “ThingMaker,” which will allow children to print their own toys at home. The device works in conjunction with a 3D printing app developed in collaboration with Autodesk that offers a simple interface for designing items that can then come to life via Mattel’s… Read More

  • This Psycho-Pass Dominator Replica Switches Battle Modes Like Wow

    This Psycho-Pass Dominator Replica Switches Battle Modes Like Wow

    While I am not a huge fan of anime – I stopped at Akira and never picked it back up – I can appreciate attention to detail and true proplica badassery when I see it. And so we present the Dominator from Psycho-Pass, a quick-converting replica gun that moves from “paralyzer” to “eliminator” mode. It also connects to your smartphone for some added fun… Read More

  • This Teddy Bear Could Have Exposed Your Child’s Identity

    This Teddy Bear Could Have Exposed Your Child’s Identity

    Are smart toys worth the risk? That’s a question parents are asking themselves these days as they weigh the usefulness and delight that comes from cloud-connected toys, with the potential for them to be turned into spying devices, as was the claim against the Wi-Fi-enabled “Hello Barbie,” or the possibility of massive leaks involving their children’s personal… Read More

  • Twitter Doing More With GIFs, Introduces Feature Called “ScratchReel”

    Twitter Doing More With GIFs, Introduces Feature Called “ScratchReel”

    Twitter tweeted out a new toy for you to play with for video called “ScratchReel.” Basically, it lets you scrub a short GIF back and forth for cool effects. Check it out here (to see the actual effect you have to visit the native tweet): Spotted a ScratchReel yet? Scrub back & forth to help the @WSL surfer escape the tube! ⏪👆⏩ Only on Twitter, dude. Read More

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