toys

  • 500 Startups-Backed Roam And Wander Presents DiDi, An Interactive Teddy Bear

    500 Startups-Backed Roam And Wander Presents DiDi, An Interactive Teddy Bear

    Roam And Wander, a toy and children’s entertainment studio that is currently participating in 500 Startups’ accelerator program, is now raising funds for its latest stuffed animal on Kickstarter. Called DiDi, the classic brown teddy bear is twice as large as Roam and Wander’s last toy, a bunny named TuTu, and comes to life with the aid of an iPad. Read More

  • You Know, For Kids: A Quick Look At The 3Doodler 3D-Extrusion Toy

    You Know, For Kids: A Quick Look At The 3Doodler 3D-Extrusion Toy

    When we first broke the news about the 3Doodler I was pretty excited. It was supposed to bring 3D printing to kids in a way that was easy-to-use and fun. Created by a pair of veteran toy makers, it was bound to be a hit – and it was. The product hit $2.3 million on Kickstarter and was a sleeper hit of the holiday. Now that it’s for sale at retail – and now that I’ve… Read More

  • The World’s First Home-Printable Fashion Doll, Quin, Looks Pretty Spacey

    The World’s First Home-Printable Fashion Doll, Quin, Looks Pretty Spacey

    This is Quin. She’s a fully posable (and Barbie-compatible) doll that can be made on a 3D printer and snapped together. Her creators, the folks at 3DKitBash built her to prove that you can build usable, playable toys on a 3D printer. They also built her because she looks amazing. Read More

  • Supertoy Teddy Is The Teddy Ruxpin We All Dreamed Of – A Stuffed Bear With Conversation Skills

    Supertoy Teddy Is The Teddy Ruxpin We All Dreamed Of – A Stuffed Bear With Conversation Skills

    A new Kickstarter project seems like the wish-fulfillment of a child of the late 80s or early 90s: the Supertoy Teddy is a stuffed bear you can talk to, just like Teddy Ruxpin, but this one intelligently talks back, rather than just operating via an embedded cassette deck with a fixed number and order of recorded statements. Supertoy Teddy is a robot, with AI-like conversational powers, built by… Read More

  • iFetch Is The Perfect Balm To Soothe The Conscience Of The Lazy Dog Owner

    iFetch Is The Perfect Balm To Soothe The Conscience Of The Lazy Dog Owner

    A new Kickstarter project takes all the work out of playing fetch with your dog, replacing your throwing arm with a nifty gizmo and keeping your hands drool-free. It’s essentially a more basic pitching machine that requires no human intervention, but the iFetch looks like an incredibly useful tool for the play-obsessed pup, so long as it can learn the necessary trick to get the cycle… Read More

  • Extremely Affordable and Versatile Quadcopter

    ExtremeFliers Releases A Teeny-Tiny Quadcopter That Can Flip In Mid-Air

    We were lucky enough to meet with Vernon Kerswell at ExtremeFliers, a 20-something inventor with a passion for little flying things. His latest creation, the Microdrone 2.0, puts a surprisingly powerful brain inside a drone that is about as big as a baseball. Read More

  • Andre Cassagnes, Creator Of The Etch A Sketch, Dead At 86

    Andre Cassagnes, Creator Of The Etch A Sketch, Dead At 86

    What Andre Cassagnes thought of today’s beeping and whirring playrooms we don’t know. We do know that the former electrician, born on September 23, 1926, created his iconic toy after noticing how graphite clung to a thin film of plastic while he was marking up a light switch decal. He tinkered with the idea for a while and created the L’Ecran Magique in 1959. Ohio Art… Read More

  • In Praise Of Dangerous Toys

    In Praise Of Dangerous Toys

    When I was growing up, my dad taught me that potassium nitrate, sulphur, and charcoal made gunpowder. He told me that you could add iron to the mix to get a red flame and that acids wouldn’t eat through your test tube. Then he sent me into the basement to make whatever I wanted while he read the paper. Read More

  • Kickstarter: This Rubber Band Shotgun Is The Mother Of All Rubber Band Shotguns

    Kickstarter: This Rubber Band Shotgun Is The Mother Of All Rubber Band Shotguns

    Imagine it’s Thanksgiving morning and you’re with the family. You creep down the stairs, Sheriff in hand, and sneak in on dear old dad as he makes bacon pancakes. You set your weapon on “shotgun” and pull the trigger. A volley of hot rubber whangs him in the legs, his old frame buckling as he takes the shot. Another kill. All this can be yours with the Bandit, an… Read More

  • Gift Guide: DIY Marble Machine Kit

    Keeping with my theme of DIY projects as gifts, I present to you this little treat, a laser-cut marble machine that comes to us via merry old England. While the mechanism is cool – you turn a little crank and send the balls climbing up a hill and then down a little ramp – the real fun comes in assembling the jolly little machine. Read More

  • The Tiggly Educational App Lets Babies Learn Shapes On Your Expensive Tablet

    The Tiggly Educational App Lets Babies Learn Shapes On Your Expensive Tablet

    Tiggly is a toy for kids who might be past the “teethe on your iPad” and just below the “I want to play the birds game” stages of mental development. Designed by a parent, Steve Miller of Cambridge, MA, the system includes three little shapes and a set of apps that allow kids to interact with shapes, colors, and animals on the screen. Read More