“12 Gizmos of Christmas”: #11 – Toys

The eleventh most wanted Gizmos in the 2004 holiday season are toys! The Geeks aren’t talking about Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys… we’re talking about robots, virtual pets and multimedia learning systems!

The first item in the toys category that we highlight is the Robosapien.

A fusion of technology and personality, the Robosapien marks a tremendous advance in remote activated robotic function. Standing over a foot tall, this completely interactive robot has the ability to walk, dance and groove, as well as pick up and throw items. This robotic wonder also delivers several combinations of strike and chops. The fluid biomechanical motions are amazing. Kids can control all the robotic movements with the easy-to-use remote. Remote transmission is infrared which requires the controller to be in the line of site of the Robosapien. Program up to 84 different action sequences, and utilize four program modes for advanced operations. As if that weren’t enough, the Robosapien also sports an interactive reflex system comprised of six sensors that detect obstructions.

Loaded with attitude and intelligence, Robosapien is the first robot based on the science of applied biomorphic robotics.

The Geeks second pick is Tamagotchi Connection.

Everyone’s favorite virtual pet is making friends. The Tamagotchi Connection is an upgraded version of the original Tamagotchi. It’s the portable, interactive and stylish virtual pet whose parental upbringing will determine what kind of Tamagotchi it will “grow up to be”. Connect with other Tamagotchi using infrared technology, and create a friend list of up to 50 friends. They communicate with other Tamagotchis (known as “Tamacom”) and can play games with each other, visit, exchange presents and even get married if they’re compatible enough. In addition to its new Tamacom function, the Tamagotchi Connection features a larger screen display (roughly twice the pixels of the original) and enhanced graphics on the screen display.

The final feature in this category is the best-selling Leapster Multimedia Learning System.

The Leapster Multimedia Learning system teaches the way your child loves to play. Equipped with the interactive Leapster system and a library of skill-building Leapster Learning books, children can play action-packed learning games, read electronic storybooks, create works of art and watch educational videos. Students play while they learn essential Pre-K through 2nd grade skills that include: reading, math, critical and creative thinking, story comprehension, vocabulary and much more. Kids control all the action using a multi-directional control pad or a touch-sensitive stylus.

Please comment on our choices for the most wanted laptops, notebooks and tablets and make sure you check back tomorrow to see our three picks for PVRs/DVRs