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Japanese company Tomy has announced the Robi jr. humanoid robot that is able to say 1,000 phrases and sing almost 50 songs, and will be released in early 2015. The robot will retail for $140 and should be released in retail stores and online. The robot is just eight inches in height and includes an integrated calendar along with voice recognition, providing owners with the ability to ask what time it is.
Tomy will also have Chinese-speaking versions of Robi jr. for customers in Hong Kong and Taiwan, available around the same time as the Japanese version. The company hopes to sell 50,000 Robi jr. units per year in Japan, and didn't release sales predictions for foreign markets.
Tomy has a wide variety of toys and technology-themed products geared towards children in Japan and across the world.
If you like to look at fish in the aquarium, but don't spend enough time at home to take care of a pet the Capsule might be for you. This round aquarium has a couple roundish fish inside that do something for you other than float around. The fish are called LumiPUFF are able to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Once the robotic fish are connected to your smartphone, they will change colors to notify you of messages on your phone. Users can also choose the color combination of the lights inside the fish. The cool electronic fish use inductive wireless power transmission technology so you never have to charge them or change batteries.
The Capsule aquarium is a closed habitat that never needs maintenance. LumiPUFF fish measure 2.8" and have three light regions in the body. The fish swim around and users can interact with them via a game app on the smartphone that allows you to feed and play with them. The Sphere will ship in May 2015 at an undisclosed price.
Parrot has made some very cool flying drones in the past that are controlled via a smartphone. The company has rolled out its latest drone that is called the Bebop and it is crammed with cool technology. The drone has a HD camera, built-in GPS, image stabilizers, and is compatible with the Oculus Rift.
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that was purchased by Facebook. The camera on the drone has 14MP resolution and uses a fisheye lens. Video from the camera can be viewed in real-time on a smartphone or tablet used to control the drone via an iOS or Android app. An optional Skycontroller is also available.
Kids like most of the tech that their parents enjoy. Any parent will tell you kids love to play games on smartphones and tablets. The tech market for children's items is large, there are a number of dedicated tablets, and other gadgets made just for kids.
Leap Frog is an educational toy company that makes a lot of tech for little ones that look and work a lot like the items mom and dad use. While mom and dad have the Gear 2 smartwatch or maybe a Pebble, kids can soon get the Leap Band.
Wicked Lasers is a company that makes all sorts of cool lasers that you can use for popping balloons, melting plastic, and star gazing. The company has announced one of its latest products that isn't a laser. This product is called the Flashtorch.
One glance at it and you think it's a rather standard looking flashlight. The Flashtorch is anything but a standard light. It produces 4100 lumens of light and has three settings that vary brightness. On high setting, the light can start fires. I would assume you need to place the light directly on whatever you want to burn.
CES 2013 - The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is a quadrotor drone that can be flown by your iPhone or programmed to be ran by your computer. You may remember the first device impress at a previous CES show, this one is better. The device can do some impressive feats, such as being able to do a barrel roll or dance to music. Parrot demoed the quadrotor by having four of them dance to music in tandem.
Check out the video above to see what the quadrotors are capable of. You can pick yours up from the Apple Store and many other retails for $299.99. The device has GPS and video cameras and can record video, which can later be geotagged and uploaded and shared with others.
Ever since Transformers debuted back in the 1980s, toy creators have been trying their best to create their own real Transformer that would be able to change between a robot to a vehicle of some sort with the simple push of a button. It looks like one group has finally been able to produce a fully-functioning Transformer that not only is able to function as a robot and vehicle separately, but it also has a few awesome surprises as well.
Brave Robotics spent months building its Transformer-style toy that can switch between a luxury vehicle to a standing robot complete with projectiles that can be shot out of each arm. The mechanics of the robot changing from a vehicle to a robot and vice versa seems a little sloppy as in the video below, you can see the robot wobbling all over the place.
We saw the cool Parrot AR.Drone back at CES in January. The thing is a four-prop hovering helicopter gadget that you can control with the iPhone or iPod touch. The thing sports a pair of onboard cameras to help it fly.
The pair of cameras are used to beam video to the user directly on the iPhone and can be used for an autopilot system too. A new video from Parrot shows a pair of the drones having a dogfight.
The system can also create virtual enemies if you only have one drone to play with. Launch date and pricing are both still unknown, but considering the thing has cameras it won't be cheap.