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Bots_alive kit imbues toy robots with charming, lifelike AI

bots_alive There will be no shortage at Toy Fair next month of robots and gadgets promising artificial intelligence — and generally falling short. But a more modest approach from an actual AI researcher has produced a clever and accessible way to create lifelike behavior through a simple and elegant modification of a popular existing robot. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

January 24th

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Nerf’s New Blasters Shoot Tiny Foam Cars Instead of Darts

Every kid knows that if you want your die-cast toy cars to make an impressive jump off a ramp, you need a lot of steep track to build up speed. But Nerf wants to change all that with a new line of blasters that simply fire tiny toy cars directly at a ramp, so you don’t need any track at all.

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Andrew Liszewski

January 24th

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Nerf’s New Blasters Shoot Tiny Foam Cars Instead of Darts

Every kid knows that if you want your die-cast toy cars to make an impressive jump off a ramp, you need a lot of steep track to build up speed. But Nerf wants to change all that with a new line of blasters that simply fire tiny toy cars directly at a ramp, so you don’t need any track at all.

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Andrew Liszewski

January 24th

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The Best Gadgets of 2016

We spend a lot of time playing with gadgets at Gizmodo. A lot! Very few actually impress us, but 2016 did deliver some great gear we actually liked. Here are some of our favorite gadgets this year.

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Michael Nunez

December 21st

Gadgets

You should probably still avoid toys that talk with your kids

ique-cayla If you were thinking of getting your kid a little doll or robot that they can talk to — and, critically, that responds — you should probably hold off for a few years. A complaint to the FTC filed by consumer watchdog groups highlights ongoing privacy and security concerns with this creepy class of toy. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

December 6th

Gadgets

Turning This Toy Fish Inside Out Reveals All Its Glorious Guts

Way back in 2014, Rachel Ciavarella created an unusual plush toy called Morris that could be turned inside out, revealing the fish’s inner biology. The stuffed animal was actually just an experiment in textures and materials, but so many people reached out wanting to buy one that Rachel is finally making the toy…

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Andrew Liszewski

November 22nd

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Nerf’s ridiculous tank drone is here just in time to decimate holiday guests

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It seems like every year around this time, Nerf reminds everyone why it still exists and launches a new wave of amazing and moderately safe weapons of war. This year, the veteran toy company is rolling out the big guns with an actual tank.

The Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster is big in name but small in size. At just over two feet high, and weighing it at over 10lbs, it's bigger than most radio controlled vehicles, yet still small enough to traverse your hallways and patrol the living room, but it's the drone's technological muscle that will really impress. 

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Mike Wehner

November 22nd

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Lego Made a Miniature Working Version of the Panama Canal

Have you ever wondered how the largest ships in the world are able to cross Panama as they make their way from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic? The locks system in the Panama Canal are a modern engineering marvel, and how they work is now cleverly explained through this new Lego Education set.

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Andrew Liszewski

November 16th

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Mattel’s ThingMaker, the 3D printer that let kids make their own toys, delayed until next year

thingmaker Remember ThingMaker? Mattel’s $300 3D printer that would let kids print out their own toys? Its ship date – which was supposed to be this month – just got pushed back another year, according to a report from Engadget. The toy maker says it needs the extra time to “enhance the digital functionality” in order to deliver the “most engaging” experience… Read More

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Sarah Perez

September 27th

Gadgets

Remember hoverboards? Half a million are being recalled as fire hazards

no-hoverboards1 Hoverboards! The must-have trash gadget of the holidays, now gathering dust in a million closets and garages nationwide, is being recalled in even larger numbers than before due to “a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.” Someone warn Justin Bieber! Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 6th

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