Archive for February, 2009

Good Bugs that Kids (and Parents) Will Love

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

AOL PlaySavvy has a great review of the new HEXBUG Ant and the other HEXBUG creatures.

Innovation First has a problem with bugs. Yet, it’s a good problem to have. HEXBUG, its electronic bugs line is so popular that they’re breeding and evolving. At International Toy Fair 2009 in New York City, the company showed off its latest mini robotic creation that’s so cute, you might ditch the exterminator’s number.

Read the whole review: http://www.playsavvy.com/articles/features/good-bugs-that-kids-and-parents-will-love/

No Need for the Exterminator – HEXBUGS Won’t Bite!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A nice review of the HEXBUG product line on inventorspot.com:

There is no need to worry – these bugs won’t bite.  In fact, these are probably the cutest and smartest bugs you have ever seen.  HEXBUG, is an intelligent little insect that comes equipped with two sensors, an object and voice sensor.  When the bug bumps or touches something or hears a voice or sound, it stops or reverses direction.    Besides being good looking, for a bug, the robotic insects were recipients of iParenting Media’s Best Products of 2009.

Read more: http://inventorspot.com/articles/no_need_exterminator_hexbugs_dont_bite_24225

HEXBUG Ant Reaches Daylight

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Keep an eye out for Innovation First’s HEXBUG Ant that may soon take over anthills everywhere. The 6cm long robo-insect has six legs, tactile antennae and hooked claws. Unveiled at the NY International Toy Fair 2009, it also has front and rear touch sensors for maneuvering and wheels that allows it to move faster than previous HEXBUGS.

Read more at RobotSnob.com

HEXBUG Reviews

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Leiron Reviews has an overview & review of each of the HEXBUGs.  Check ‘em out.

Original: http://leiron.be/reviews/hexbug-1.html

Inchworm: http://leiron.be/reviews/hexbug-2.html

Crab: http://leiron.be/reviews/hexbug-3.html

Our Favorite Science-esque Toys from Toy Fair

Friday, February 20th, 2009

HEXBUG was included on io9.com’s list of favorite science-esque toys from Toy Fair.  They include a few photos of the HEXBUG product line as well as a video demonstration by Sean from Innovation First (makers of HEXBUG).

Read more: http://io9.com/5155423/our-favorite-science+esque-toys-from-toy-fair

A friendly HEXBUG review

Friday, February 20th, 2009

The toy fair was huge and awesome. I got kicked out of a few booths, let into a few others, and talked to a lot of really interesting people (for the most part..). Here are some of the coolest things I saw:

http://yg.typepad.com/computation09/2009/02/toy-fair-2009.html

dvice.com’s ‘Best of the New York Toy Fair’

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

dvice.com includes HEXBUG Ant as one of its favorites at the New York Toy Fair.

If you don’t consider batteries ecologically sinful, two button cells run the fourth Hex Bug Micro Robotic Creature, an ant ($10) that skitters ickly at roach-like speeds, 10 times faster than previously Hex Bugs, even if you don’t turn on the lights.

http://dvice.com/archives/2009/02/toy_fair_2009_g.php?p=6&cat=undefined

(thanks to Joe from http://www.5mississippi.com/ for the heads up)

Woot.com visits the HEXBUG ToyFair Booth

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Woot.com‘s blog has a few photos from the HEXBUG booth, having some fun with the VEX Walker.

See more of Woot’s adventures at the ToyFair: http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=7483

HEXBUG Inchworm on Make

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

A few photos of the HEXBUG Inchworm on Make:  http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/02/hexbug_micro_robots.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890

Hexbugs: Toy Fair 2009

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Michael at fanboy.com has a nice write-up about the HEXBUG product line ..

I hate insects with a passion but my favorite new toy line of the entire show was Hexbug — this is a collection of actual working robots each of which is equipped with a different type of sensor (light, sound, motion, etc.) which effects how it interacts with you.

Read more: http://www.fanboy.com/2009/02/hexbugs-toy-fair-2009.html