Stupid, crazy USB peripherals just haven't been all that interesting since the USB Humping Dog hit the scene. That was the exact moment when USB junk just couldn't get more ridiculous. Well, Butta, Crisp, Tato and Ry Ry are here to say that the future of USB peripherals isn't about being ridiculous; it's about cute, clever design.
If you took a look at Nerf's 2012 blaster lineup and felt it was a step back from last year's bold new disc-based Vortex guns, I'm right there with you. Hasbro's back to redeem itself before the summer is over with the Vortex Pyragon — a pump-action blaster that's capable of firing 40 discs in succession from its drum. Get ready for disc-ageddon!
Like Lego bricks and little plastic army men, some childhood toys transcend current trends and remain classics. But one classic toy, the Etch-a-Sketch, just received a modern makeover with a decidedly tech-driven bent.
There are a fair number of Olympic events that involve throwing dangerous objects as far away from you as possible over and over. In the past, it's been the job of some poor sap to go out there and retrieve said objects, but this year, London will be using little remote controlled Mini Coopers instead.
Along with the summer heat comes all manner of insectoid pests, but the most hated is most certainly the fly. Flyswatters are messy and sprays put poison in the air, so a clean, eco-friendly solution would be a welcome solution. Enter: The Bug-A-Salt gun.
You might think you know laser tag, but you don't. Hasbro's Lazer Tag (that's with a "z") takes the classic hide, seek and shoot game and adds in an augmented reality layer. Our first thoughts: this is silly. Our thoughts after trying it out: hey, it's pretty damned fun.
It's rare that a major amusement park stumbles onto a license to print money, but that just may be the case with the Carbon-Freeze Me promotion recently held by Disney's Hollywood Studios.
"The original was banned from the Pentagon because it was a threat to national security," recalls Don Cameron, a senior engineer at Hasbro. Cameron is not talking about a top secret weapon that the U.S. government was developing in 1998; he's talking about the original Furby — an electronic toy robot that was a cross between a hamster and an owl. Originally released 14 years ago with 40 million units sold within its first three years, Furby became one of the biggest toy fads of the late '90s. You know it was a big deal because it was even a Happy Meal toy at McDonald's. Hasbro tried to recapture this wave of Furby fever with an updated model in 2005, but it didn't enjoy the same attention. Well-rested and ready for its revival, Hasbro's 2012 Furby now comes equipped with six sensors that allow it to develop behaviors, a pair of LCD eyes that give the furry little robot toy more personality and a free app that provides added interactivity and replay value. Furby is back!
You won't find a dollhouse like "Roominate" at your local toy store. Right now, it's just a Kickstarter project — one that's already funded — but it promises to give young girls with a genuine curiosity for tech a playground to tinker and learn.
Similar to Kristina Alexanderson's Stormtrooper portraits, David Eger challenged himself to take a photo every day of Clone Trooper action figures either recreating a historic picture or event for an entire year. Here's history, reinterpreted with a Star Wars twist.