The 10 Coolest Tech Toys From Toy Fair 2014
There were plenty of gems at this year’s Toy Fair, the self-described “largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere.” We saw programmer-friendly board games, smartphone-controlled paper airplanes, and, as ever, some really cool, geek-centric kits from the perennial favorite Lego.
Here are some of the coolest tech toys I spotted after a day of roaming the halls of New York City’s Javits Center at 2014’s Toy Fair.
HEXBUG, maker of all things robotic insect, has taken the plunge with Aquabots, little underwater insects that do a pretty remarkable goldfish impression. Drop them in an aquarium, and their tails get to work, swimming and diving all over the tank. They’ll go to sleep to conserve battery after five minutes of work, but you can wake them back up with a tap on the glass.
When it needed to prototype chairs for manufacture, the team at Pensa Labs found that traditional 3D printing technology came up short, so it decided to create an entirely new sort of desktop manufacturing. DIWire creates usable objects and works of art from straight metal rods.
GeoWorld T. Rex
Well, I know what I want for Christmas. And you can get me one for the low, low price of $6,000. This animatronic T. rex was actually intended to be a store display, but if you ask real nice (and have a lot of money to burn), you just might be able to get some lucky kid (or tech blogger) a gift he’ll never forget.