Category: Tech Toys and Random Fun

Piquing our Geek: The Original Egg-Bot

You have to be pretty hard core about your Easter Eggs to invest $195 in a machine that makes them look awesome. But that’s just what the creators of the Egg-Bot were thinking when they invented this open-source robot that applies computer controlled motion to help you create beautiful, artful, amazing eggs. You control the bot with the freeware illustration program Inkscape, and it doesn’t seem all that hard to set up. You can watch a video of it in use via Martha Stewart who became a fan it after it debuted at Makers Faire in NYC. Are we...

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Angry Birds break out of the screen. And they’re still angry.

If you made my kids narrow down to the two things they think are really cool about technology, they’d come up with: 1. Making really goofy videos of themselves, and 2. Angry Birds. Yeah, I’d have to agree, though I bet I have more people who will join me on their second point. I know I’m not alone in my excitement over finding these cool Angry Birds things off the screen too. The new Angry Bird Plush Toys are so cute, even I have wavered in my “no more stuffed animals” rule. After all, how many other plush toys...

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Think Geek wins April Fool’s Day

If you haven’t yet figured out that it’s April Fool’s Day (meaning you’re still angry at us for this post), it’s a great time to catch up on practical jokes going around the geeky world. An annual favorite: The awesome shop Think Geek, which runs a bunch of fake products every April 1. And then–remarkably–some of them actually get turned into real products. Check out this video for a new Playmobil Apple Store play set, complete with hipsters waiting on line all night. Or the Star Wars Light saber Popsicles which, hello? Why are these not out yet? May the...

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R2D2 transports your precious data. Well, him or Hello Kitty.

There are a quite a few phrases I never thought I’d utter in my lifetime. “Please don’t put that in your sister’s underwear” and “I’m unfollowing Charlie Sheen” top the list this week. Another to add to the list: “Designer flash drive.” And yet that’s just what’s caught my eye recently. Fortunately they’re less designer designer and more graphic designer because really, I’m not ready for a $600 Stella McCartney flash drive just yet. Check out the Mimobot site and find flash drives so fun, if you’re like me, you’ll start to fabricate reasons that you need them. My...

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Star Wars collectibles give new meaning to “must-have Droids.”

As someone who has memorized most of the lines from the original Star Wars movies, I am all about celebrating the original, mint-in-box goodness of those heady Jedi days. And if you’ve got the credits, you can even buy a piece of geek history starting tomorrow in the form of vintage Star Wars action figures, from the most surprising place. Our friends at Gilt Group have a super special, Tattooine-tastic, one-of-a-kind sale coming up tomorrow through Saturday: members will have the chance to view and buy a curated collection of original, mint-in-box, vintage action figures from the original Star Wars...

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Using technology to get kids outside to play

Understand that I am happily in the “throw the kids outside periodically and let them figure it out” camp of kids and exercise; I think that for many kids, that’s all it takes to make sure they’re moving around enough. But for some kids, you have to get a little more creative. And if you have a kid who’d rather be on the computer, then GeoPalz is for you. GeoPalz sells cool character pedometers and then gives kids an online world where logging their steps helps them travel further, win “awards” (printables) and even win real prizes–most of which...

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Dads Dig This – Uniden Walkie Talkies

We love this Dads Dig This pick from Jim Lin, father of two and author of The Busy Dad Blog. When it comes to gadgets related to my life as a dad, don’t give me the latest and greatest. I want the hardest to break and the easiest to replace. Because while there’s a time and place for the latest iSensationYouHave ToWait3DaysInLineFor, the “Ability to be wielded by an 8 year old” attribute can change your POV fast. This is why walkie talkies aren’t just for foremen anymore. We actually got our Uniden Eco Terra 2-way radios by accident...

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A digital camera for the littlest shutterbugs

Holiday time is of course a photographer’s paradise for capturing family memories. I encourage the kids in our family to take pictures, which provides a great “kid’s eye view” into own traditions and activities–and the fact that my own favorites aren’t necessarily my kids’ favorites. Let’s just say anything involving cookies seems to make a snapshot-worthy moment. While my tweens are old enough to work an actual  compact digital camera, my 4 year old nephew can feel left out of the fun, so I looked into VTech’s children’s digital camera which could keep his own little creative fingers busy....

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Piquing Our Geek: Play Monopoly with a credit card

No matter how many video games my kids play, they still like a good old fashioned board game. Monopoly is one of our favorites, and now there’s a new version that incorporates some modern twists into the age-old game. Monopoly Revolution definitely makes use of technology in a way that’s not for board game purists, but might be for kids like mine who hate setting up the money. Players use credit cards to purchase properties, so no more worries about keeping track of paper money…or hiding it from your brother. And passing Go generates a party tune while landing...

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7 cool tech toys for kids? We’ve got you covered

Today on our column on the Babycenter blog, our editor Christina maps out 7 of the best tech toys for kids–with the provision that they do more than boop and beep and generally drive you nuts. Click over and see if you agree with her picks. Some of which you just might be borrowing yourself. And for more great ideas? There’s always our tech gift guide. Oh, tell me you’re not dying to try out that –Liz [above: mobigo by...

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