I recently attended the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and among the numerous displays of production and concept cars, I came across the booth for the Toyota Boshoku Corporation, who makes seating, interior, and exterior components for vehicles.
Makers, here’s a new set of gizmos for your bag of tricks. Created by open-source interactive sensor company Bela, the Trill series is a line of sensors which make it easy to add capacitive touch interactions to any DIY electronic project.
There are three devices in the Trill series, each designed for a different sort of touch project.
You know what the trouble is with all the tribble collectible toys out there? They’re not interactive. Well, that’s about to change, thanks to the guys from Science Division, who are showing off a cuddly Star Trek tribble that works in concert with a smartphone app to perform some basic duties aboard your personal starship.
Each 8″ interactive tribble can vibrate, makes a variety of cute cooing and purring sounds, and has three modes of operation:
At Ease: Your Tribble is not searching for Klingons.
I’ll start out by saying that the Wicked Lasers LaserCube is one of the coolest gadgets I’ve tinkered with in a while. This compact metal box is capable of putting on full color laser light shows in concert with an easy-to-use Windows, Mac, or Android app, and offers capabilities unlike anything I’ve seen in its price class.
Back in 2017, LEGO introduced BOOST, a cool way to help kids learn to code. Now the company has announced the latest product in the lineup. The LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander kit will include R2-D2 and two other programmable droids.
This interactive toy for lets Iron Man fans live out their Marvel fantasies in a connected way. The UBTECH Iron Man MK50 is an officially-licensed robotic toy that can be programmed to follow your commands via a mobile app.
The app features a easy-to-use drag-and-drop programming interface to manipulate Iron Man’s motors, lights, and sounds.
LEGO has unveiled its latest building system aimed at classrooms. The new building kit is called LEGO Education SPIKE Prime, and it is a hands-on learning approach for the classroom aimed at STEM education. The Spike app is used for programming robotic creations that students make with the kit and uses the SCRATCH coding language.
Aimed at grade 6-8 students, the app includes lessons aligned with existing educational standards, and many of them can be finished in a 45-minute session.
Do you like to make strange sounds with your mouth? Well stop it. That’s annoying. Seriously though, you should at least let a computer do it for you. Thankfully, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and some mad genius has made an app which does just that.
Developed by Neil Thapen, the interactive web app Pink Trombone simulates all of the key elements of the human vocal process.
Do you like to play chess, but don’t have anyone around to play against you? Then you need a chess robot! That’s exactly what one DIYer made, and it’s pretty awesome. Not only can the Chess Bot play chess against you, but it’s super cute because of its diminutive size.
Russian builder of things DIYprojects created ChessBot using an Arduino Leonardo controller, four TowerPro SG90 mini servo motors, wood, and other bits and pieces.
This little robot is called Artie 3000, which sounds like a bad 1980s robot movie. Created by Educational Insights, it’s a programmable robot that encourages kids to code through art.
There are plenty of toys for kids that encourage problem-solving, but this one is kind of unique.
Worried about the robot apocalypse? We all are. Here’s something different. Rather than trying to kill you or take your job, this new Japanese robot just roams around your house and asks you for hugs. That’s a refreshing change.
I remember one Christmas all my brother wanted was a Teddy Ruxpin. I hated those things, they were super creepy bears with mechanical animatronic eyes that blinked. I was pretty sure it would eat my soul during the night.
Looking to take your Christmas tree lights to the next level this holiday season? While there are already plenty of LED light strings on the market, the ones I’ve seen in stores generally offer very basic color selections.
We recently told you guys about LiteZilla, a sweet giant-size Lite-Brite that I wish I could have in my game room. Alas, I can’t afford one for my house, but I did recently get a chance to play with a LiteZilla up close and personal, and it’s pretty awesome.
Gatebox’s Azuma Hikari is a holographic digital assistant who doubles as a virtual girlfriend. She stands 8 inches tall and lives in a glass capsule, which you can put anywhere in your tiny dark apartment.
In this commercial for the creepy Japanese gadget, this guy actually leaves work early because his holographic girlfriend texts him.
Are you ready for the cutest Pikachu toy ever? The HelloPika Pikachu Talking Robot Toy is an interactive plaything that will melt your heart. It delivers an interactive, responsive experience for both kids and adults. It looks like Pikachu, and talks like Pikachu, and will respond to you.
When you call HelloPika, the robot will move its head in your direction and light up its rosy cheeks.