Posts Tagged toys
Do you remember what it was like to be completely immersed in playing pretend? An entire afternoon was spent in some faraway place that didn’t exist, and we could visit it whenever we wanted. LEGOs made that even more fun since we could materialize an aspect of that world in a real space, and the only limits to what we made was our creativity. Nowadays it’s hard to find something fun that you can sink into in the same way, unless it’s Minecraft.
If you really did love LEGOs and still think about playing with them from time to time (or still do), then you’re probably looking for ways to make it more fun. Brixo came up with a brilliant plan to make these blocks more enticing in an educational way. These are bricks that have sensors, motors, connected apps, and are battery-powered. They basically gave LEGOs an upgrade and will now let them do tricks.
It wouldn’t be hard to lose an afternoon in playing with these as you’ll have a trigger block, connector blocks, and an action block. They’re covered in chrome, and have unique plastic arms that connect them electrically to carry out pretty much any function you can think of. You can make a moving Ferris wheel, a light that will alert you to emails or turn on when the lights go off, or you can program it to do more complex functions such as give your dog a treat for going to their crate if someone comes to the door. There aren’t any wires or springs, it has built-in safety mechanisms, and is 100% compatible with other building bricks on the market. The standard kit which gives you a motor block, 20 2×1 blocks, 3 2×2 blocks, 30 4×1 blocks, 2 LED lights, 1 light switch, and 1 proximity switch will cost you $59.
Brixo just put an awesome new spin on LEGOs
Learning how to code is not for the faint of mind. It’s logic-based and just about anything can ruin your work, driving you nearly insane for putting a space or bracket in the wrong place. If you didn’t start thinking in these patterns as a kid, it’s hard to start without much prior knowledge and can seem more overwhelming than it actually is. It’s the same as learning to knit but not understanding the movements to create the patterns that have to be executed correctly for it to hold everything together.
We saw the Cubetto not too long ago with aspirations of giving the basic building blocks of coding concepts to kids ages three and up. This is a good starter pack, but when kids grow up they’ll want to move to something more complicated, like the Codeybot. Instead of being made of wood and moving around a map, this little robot friend can not only roll around at will, but can make preset or custom faces, play music, dance to said music, make silly voices, and shoot lasers with an add-on turret in a battle against other bots (no face-melting lasers, sorry).
This uses a mobile app that will let you control the bot by snapping the building blocks of functions together. You’ll also have voice control to do things like change the color of the wheels or have it move. There will of course be more attachments as this crowdfunding bot gains traction, but for $129 to get this device, it’s a great way for anyone of any age to work on learning the concepts and challenges of coding.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
[ The Codeybot is a robot that makes coding fun for everyone copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
In the good old days of the West, back before they discovered the wonders of gunpowder and what it can do, it looks like wartime weapons in the medieval period were pretty crude, crossbows and all. However, the great thinker Leonardo Da Vinci has also done his fair bit of contribution to this area of warfare with the trebuchet, and you can now build one (non-lethal) version by yourself with the $24.99 Leonardo Da Vinci Wooden Invention Kits: Trebuchet.
This entire kit has been pre-cut, drilled, and is ready-to-assemble (like the Avengers), where you can then come up with your very own trebuchet without having to go through engineering classes and the like. It is the perfect gift for history buffs, teachers, and weapons fanatics, and would require an hour or two of your time, tops. Of course, you will need to make sure that you have a ruler, scissors, some small clamps, and pennies (or rocks) as a counterweight handy before you get started, and this unique DIY trebuchet has a range of 20 feet as well. It will be made from natural untreated wood and plywood with some clay balls accompanying it to destroy those LEGO brick walls that you have built.
[ Leonardo Da Vinci Wooden Invention Kits: Trebuchet for the inquisitive mind copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
If your parents don’t force you to take some sort of instrument lessons when you’re young, and you also skip out on band and orchestra in middle or high school, you might hit adulthood feeling like you missed out. Playing music is fun, and a great way to express yourself in a creative way. However, learning how to use and make a decent sound come out of an instrument takes years of practice.
If you do possess the ability to keep a beat, then there is still hope yet for you. This IK Multimedia iRig MIDI controller will let you tap out entire songs. It has 16 velocity-sensitive pads that you will click to make the sounds of guitars, bass, drums, synth, and much more. These sort of things have a huge instrument library, and can be used with a variety of different musical programs, so you can really pick and choose any sound if you look hard enough.
It has built-in lighting so making music is also a visual experience as well as an audial one, which is sure to make any creation far more exciting than it is. The 3 colors it lights up in will indicate how hard you hit the key, since that factor will affect the sound that the machine produces. There are also two assignable knobs, a pushbutton rotary encoder, two buttons, and a slider, all of which are programmable. Since this works with your iPad, iPhone, and Mac or PC, it will come with some preset modes for popular apps and software so you don’t have to wait long after opening it to make some music. This is going to cost you around $110, and seems like it would be a good introductory product for aspiring musicians or DJs.
Available for purchae on Amazon
[ The iRig MIDI Controller – if you’ve got rhythm, you can make music copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Read the original post:
The iRig MIDI Controller – if you’ve got rhythm, you can make music
Do you remember going into the living room and pulling all of the couch cushions and pillows off of every piece of living room furniture and making the best fort ever? Yes, you do, and the only reason we associate it with our childhood is because we are now too big, and there are not enough pillows. What would you give to be able to relive that pure and unadulterated joy once again?
Hopefully the answer is several hundred dollars, because otherwise there’s no way you’ll get your hands on a Squishy Fort. That’s right, this company found a way to make playing with pillows the best thing ever all over again, and also found a way to make them useful when you’re not pretending to be a superhero in your secret hideout. These are square pillows that have four neodymium magets in every corner so you can literally build a fort without having to rely on gravity and faith alone.
These come in Ottoman, Advanced Ottoman, Couch, and various combination sets. The price ranges from $199-675, and you’ll have color options of blue, pink, red, grey, green, black, and brown. When you’re ready to put them out of sight and out of mind, you can toss the covers on them so no one will think they’re anything more than pieces of living room furniture. Hopefully they keep their shape pretty well as using them as regular furniture will likely start to leave butt prints behind.
Available for preorder on squishyforts
[ Squishy Forts make you remember what it’s like to be a kid again copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
See the original post here:
Squishy Forts make you remember what it’s like to be a kid again
Do you sometimes feel that modern day entertainment for children happen to be rather subdued, in a sense that they do not need to do much active thinking on their part, but rather, are fed with information after information, flooding their senses with fantastic graphics and visuals as well as realistic audio, but do not really help the little ones to be smarter? How about taking a step back from the world of technology and concentrating on something that is a little bit more amish in style, so to speak, with the $9.99 A-Maze-Ball Maze Game.
The A-Maze-Ball Maze Game happens to be a giant puzzle sphere that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, where it will definitely be able to improve hand-eye coordination as well as spatial relations. You can pick from easy (orange), medium (red), or hard (blue) difficulty level, and this small sphere boasts of a really cool three-dimensional maze that has a ball bearing within. You are supposed to guide the ball bearing from one end of the maze to the other. Definitely one of the cooler portable maze games that we have seen to date.
[ A-Maze-Ball Maze Game gets the brain thinking copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
When we were little, LEGOs were the best thing ever. We could build anything our little brains came up with, and it gave us the literal building blocks to create entire worlds out of not very much material. Since those golden days of yesteryear, LEGO has been churning out more and more play sets, but the rise of popularity of video games like Minecraft called for more action from the beloved brand, lest they be left behind.
This LEGO Dimensions game takes all of your favorite characters from well-known franchises, and puts them not only into your hands, but also in your game. It’s very much like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but plays like the LEGO video games that are already on the market. The toy pad is what will allow you to put characters, vehicles, and accessories into the game, and you do this by placing the NFC toys onto the pad. Of course, what fun would it be if there wasn’t a building aspect to the game, so you can reconstruct pieces in the real world to unlock cool new powerups and abilities in-game. You also build vehicles, and the gateway that lets you put your characters into the game.
In the game, you’ll be fighting with and against characters from Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, The LEGO movie, and much more. It’s definitely a money sink as you will undoubtedly always have more characters, vehicles, and other do-dads to buy, but it gives you tons of options for creativity in combination with gaming, which time-wise is going to be well worth the money you’ll put into it. Getting a starter pack to get you going will cost you $79, and will obviously go up from there. You’ll get tons of real and digital world puzzle solving to wade through, and likely have plenty of laughs along the way. You’ll be able to pick up this game for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, XBOX360, or WiiU.
Available for purchase on Amazon
[ LEGO Dimensions – the past and present are mingling, and everything is awesome copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Here is the original:
LEGO Dimensions – the past and present are mingling, and everything is awesome
Ah, the power of commercialization. I am quite sure that you are well aware of Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving at a cinema near you this coming middle of December, and even the pre-sales of the tickets themselves have caused the Internet to crash – at least for the websites offering such tickets. This is to be expected, considering how popular the movie franchise is that has captured the imagination of generations, and here we are with a Star Wars take on Germany’s 1994 children’s game of the year – the £29.99 Loopin’ Chewie will take over from Looping Louie.
How does Loopin’ Chewie work? Well, Chewbacca pilots the Millennium Falcon in a bid to pick off them pesky Stormtroopers, and basically, the last Stormtrooper standing wins. This is truly an exhilarating game for 2 or 3 players. Playing it is a snap, as all that you need to do is to swing the lovable Wookie known as Chewbacca around in an attempt to take out Stormtroopers. Best of all is, there are no batteries to worry about with Loopin’ Chewie, and neither do you need to fret about your children getting screen time with this.
[ Loopin’ Chewie adds a Star Wars touch to a German children’s game copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Here is the original:
Loopin’ Chewie adds a Star Wars touch to a German children’s game
If you ever wished that you had the kind of destructive power found in those super large beasts of nature, such as a rampaging war elephant or perhaps a blue whale who simply loves to leap out of the water and land back in with a huge splash, I am quite sure that your imagination, too, has been tickled more than once whenever you watched one of those science fiction movies that depict really monstrous giants that wreak havoc on the landscape, looking down on us humans as extremely puny creatures, in the same manner which we look at ants. Well, you can now live out that dream without having to make your own sound effects thanks to the $29.99 Giant Monster Slippers!
This is a Thinkgeek creation and exclusive, where the bootie-style slippers (one size ought to be able to fit most adult feet comfortably) would make your feet look and sound like a giant monster. It is definitely an attention grabber the moment you walk into a room, and they will emit a step-reactive *crash* noise. There is an On/Off switch on the sound box so that you can sneak around before making a booming entrance. The bottom is fabric coated with no-slip dots, where a quartet of AA batteries are required to power both slippers – two each, of course. Far cooler than any other electronically powered slipper we’ve seen!
[ Giant Monster Slippers turn you into a kaiju copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
Giant Monster Slippers turn you into a kaiju