Archive for September, 2009

Hexbugs – Robot Toys Mimic Animals

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Singularity Hub has a collection of HEXBUG videos along with a review of the various HEXBUG products to add to our video posts today:

Hexbugs may be more cute than extraordinary. Their animal like behavior has been seen in other robots, and their movement and sensing systems are pretty average. Still, they represent a nice trend in robotic toys: innovation as fun. Students and hobbyists are encouraged by such products to see the growing potential in robotics. These little guys are mimicking animals now, they’ll likely mimic humans as they become more complex.

See all the videos & read the review on the Singularity Hub website.

Test HEXBUG Original Charlie

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

RobotBuzz.fr has a lengthy review of the Original HEXBUG including a bunch of videos of it in action. Read it in French or in English (via Google Translate).

HEXBUG Inchworm Review & Wrestling Match

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

A video review of the HEXBUG Inchworm .. followed by a wrestling match between two Inchworms:

Gadget Guide News: Inchworm Review

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Check out a quick HEXBUG Inchworm review over at Gadget Guide News:

It’s a really fun challenge to learn how to take control of the way an insect walks and to get to grips with getting about on six legs!

Read the whole review here: http://gadgetguidenews.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/hexbug-inchworm/

HEXBUG Nano Review

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

We received an initial review of the new HEXBUG Nano product line in our inbox this afternoon:

My family loves the new Hexbug Nano robotic bugs! When we set up the starter track and turned on the nine Nanos I thought this would be cute for five minutes and then my 3 and 4 year old boys would be off to find something different, leaving us adults to watch the bugs dash about. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Any game or activity I can engage a 3 and 4 year old boy in for NINETY minutes gets high marks from me. Here’s what our play looked like (yes I said NINETY minutes):

Phase 1 – Squeals of excitement as the bugs were dumped on the table and scurried around like a bunch of, well, bugs. The boys loved the challenge of keeping them on the table; they quickly realized that if a bug ran off the table it would just right itself on the floor and keep on scurrying.

Phase 2 – The track is assembled and ready for the bugs! The kids and adults alike were transfixed as the bugs scampered around the track from one hexagon to the next. This was our observation period. The boys took in a ton of information at this stage as they studied the little creatures’ actions and ‘behavior’. Our kitchen was very quite (except for the bugs) for these moments!

Phase 3 – Cause and effect time! As a mom, I loved watching my boys play and discover how each action they took would affect the bugs’ journey. I could almost see their little brains working as they tried different strategies of manipulating the bugs’ paths by opening and closing the gates on the track. The gates, hexagons and sections of track were easy to use; we rearranged the track layout several times during our play which kept things interesting and made it like a new game each time. We could also arrange the tracks so my two kids could each have their own little dominion that they had full control over. Their own little Nano kingdoms if you will.

In a nutshell, we are big fans. To find a toy that holds both kids’ and adults’ attention alike, while subtly exposing my young kids to different concepts (cause-and-effect, momentum, randomness, etc.) in a fresh way was a huge win.

Keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook, or HEXBUG.com for more HEXBUG Nano news, including information on where to buy HEXBUG Nano when they become available.

Review: HEXBUG Ant

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

KidsTechReview has a detailed review of the HEXBUG Ant, including a video:

Read the full review here:  http://www.kidstechreview.com/2009/09/review-hexbug-ant-video

Barefoot Mommies: HEXBUG Review & Giveaway

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Jennifer over at Barefoot Mommies is giving away a HEXBUG.

Visit the Barefoot Mommies site for details: http://www.barefootmommies.com/?p=4655

Gotta Get Gadgets: Hello HEXBUG!

Monday, September 14th, 2009

A nice review from Droolicious – Modern Design for Modern Parents:

Droolicious is no stranger to high-speed robotic buggies. We mentioned the HEXBUGS when they first hit the market and now they’ve crawled into the hearts of bug-lovers and robot fans everywhere.

Read the full review: http://blogs.babble.com/droolicious/2009/09/11/gotta-get-gadgets-hello-hexbug/

HEXBUG Inchworm = Great Fun For Kids!

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Jessica, from momfuse.com, got her hands on some HEXBUG Inchworms and wrote a nice review on momfuse.com.

For only $20 this is a great toy for the younger kids and would make a great stocking stuffer! Try it out with your infant (with you manning the controls) and see what a kick they get out of it! It was cute to watch and the twins really did enjoy it but then got very upset when we wouldn’t hand over the controller or let them play with the HEXBUG itself.

Check out the whole review: http://momfuse.com/2009/09/review-hexbug-inchworm-great-fun-for-kids/

The Ant is hot in Toronto!

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Toronto4Kids has featured the new HEXBUG Ant in this week’s newsletter.

The industrious critter features front and rear touch sensors that allow it to maneuver around objects in its path and wheel-legs that propel it forwards, backwards and over small obstacles with furious speed.

Read the full article on their site: http://www.toronto4kids.com/content/view/836/