Just ask any child and they will tell you that "Transformers are robots in disguise", and what could be better disguise for summer than a popsicle?
Takara Tomy just announced a new set of robot toys based on a fusion of the internationally famous Transformers line and GARI! GARI-Kun, a popular Japanese ice bar similar to a popsicle.
The new robot toys are appropriately named "GariRobo Transformers" since they morph from a popsicle shape into a robot version of GARI-GARI-Kun. While GARI-GARI-Kun might be unknown outside of Japan, he's very popular here. He was first introduced as the ice pop's mascot character in 1981 when it was put on the market by Akagi Nyugyo, an ice cream company based in Saitama prefecture.
GariRobo Transformers will come in two 'flavors', soda (above) and cola (below).
The target release date is June 30th with an expected price of 1,890 yen in Japan. No information was available regarding release of the product overseas.
This isn't the first time GARI-GARI-Kun has done joint promotions:
Time for a major hacker celebration! It's now official. Later this year, and obviously in plenty of time for the 2012 holiday gift buying season, Hasbro will be bringing back Furby.
The incredibly popular toy sold more than 40 million units between it's introduction in 1998 through 2007 when it was taken off the market by Hasbro.
Furby was, and continues to be, a favorite with hackers who enjoy nothing more than dissecting and improving on the cute little toy.
Sharon Vinderline, the founder and CEO of Parent Tested Parent Approved was on The Morning Show with her selection of unique and sometimes groundbreaking toys from the 2012 New York Toy Fair. While some of the toys won't be that interesting for some readers, in the final third of the program (video below) she rolls out some toys that incorporate technology in new, unexpected, ways.
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Innovation First and UK Customs officials had nearly 7,000 robot clones seized and destroyed as they attempted to invade Southampton.
The mini robot toy insects were unauthorized copies of Innovation First's popular Hexbug product line. According to the report, the robots were manufactured in China and intended for sale online in the UK.
Here's another interesting, and memory provoking, infographic showing the most popular holiday toys that have come down the chimney with Santa over the past 30 years. It's a bit surprising how many of them have something to do with robots in one form or another.
How many do you recall, and how many did you own and play with personally? In my case, I had 8 of them, and still have most of the 8.
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The original Keepon robot, developed by Hideki Kozima at Miyagi University in Japan, was incredibly cute and engaging, to the point that people just couldn't help smiling, laughing, and moving in sync while the robot danced to music or used it's built-in sensors to interact realistically with them.
The Keepon design concept was intended to explore the possibility that a simple emotive robot could help autistic children with communication and learning challenges. Most autistic children tend to be completely overwhelmed by the volume of input and sensory data involved in even the most basic social interactions. It's kind of like trying to take a drink of water from a fire hose. Kozima's insight, which turned out to be right on the money, was to reduce the flood of inputs to a minimum while packaging the robot in an appealing, friendly body.