Category Archives: toys

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Etihad brings flight sim to Dubai mall

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Shopping: boring. Flying a Boeing 777: probably like driving a bus if you’re a pilot. But if you’re not, you might like to get yourself behind the flight deck of the free Etihad flight sim at Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall. Hurry now – it’s only there from today until Friday. And training managers will be on hand to help. Plus, possibly, terrorist squad feds.

mobiBLU aliens invade your MP3

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Not a week goes by that the World isn’t threatened by disaster. This time, it’s little green me, flocking to Earth in tiny flying saucers and looking to take control of our precious ears. But is that such a bad thing? The mobiBLU UFO fits a built-in speaker and Bluetooth, capable of blasting mind-melding tunes for six hours. Like real alien cruisers, its underside lights up when in use and it vibrates. But of course…

The UFO comes in red or black flavours, holding up to 8GB of space-aged songs.

[via Gizmodo]

Sony sees in colour PSP

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Not wanting its games division sales to go slack this spring, Sony has nicked a trick from Nintendo. From the beginning of March you’ll be able to bag a PSP-3000 in four carnival colours. They’ll also come bundled with a 4GB memory stick and 2200Ah battery.

Hopefully they’ll carry the technicolor trend to the PS3. It would go nicely with our bright green drapes.

[Via Akihabranews]

Duck Hunt gets a little more real

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Remember the old light-gun NES game, Duck Hunt? We spent hours in front of the TV, wrapped in camouflage, screaming, ‘Die, duck, die!’ We’ve grown out of our mallard menacing ways, but this toy may bring them all back. Load the Duck Hunter pistol with batteries, let the duck charge on the barrel for 10 seconds, then launch him over your head. The duck flies in circles, giving you 30 seconds to nab him thrice with the gun. If you’re on target he drops dead. If you miss, he still drops dead when the batteries will run out. That’s what we call win-win.

[Check out more flying stuff at Interactive Toy Concepts]

Paro warms our hearts, empties our wallets

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Meet Paro. He’s a robot dressed as an adorable baby harp seal. Invented for those who love animals, but hate pets, Paro imitates animal behavior with none of the downsides (growing, feeding, pooping, etc). He responds to light, sound, temperature, touch, posture, and even develops his own character over time. He’s an expensive seal pup at US$3,500, but the bond between synthetic animal and human is priceless. Stroke his belly and he’ll roll over squealing in delight. Tickle his nose, and he’ll let loose a little seal sneeze. Wonder how Paro would react if we pulled out a club?

Lego gadgets in name only

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Lego is cool. Fact. As are gadgets. Having already made the leap to robots via NXT Mindstorms, Lego is bricking up some digicams and walkie-talkies. Great, but there’s a catch – you can’t build them and you (probably) can’t put them back together if you smash them. Which begs the question: why claim they’re Lego at all? Was Fisher-Price busy?