Archive for October, 2009

HEXBUG Nano Giveaway

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Go Graham Go is giving away a HEXBUG Nano — check their site for detailed information.

Your child will definitely be surprised to pull this out of their stocking! The Nano behaves like a real bug once you flip on the switch. Tiny vibrations send the Nano scampering over various surfaces. It even flips over by itself. It uses the physics of vibration to navigate different items in its path (avoiding items, flipping over, etc)

Read the full review at GoGrahamGo.com

HEXBUG Nano: It’s all about the science.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Check out A Parent’s Review of the HEXBUG Nano on AssociatedContent.com

So we got our HEXBUG Nano’s. Two days later I caved and bought the HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set, after much begging from my five-year-old son. The reaction when I walked in with the big white box was nothing short of joyous. Add to that the fact that two more “extremely rare” HEXBUG nanos come included with the habitat, and you have the makings of true kid euphoria.

Read the full review on AssociatedContent.com

Review: Test HEXBUG Inchworm

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Check out a very detailed review of the HEXBUG Inchworm (in French) over at RobotBuzz.

French: Read Review
English (via Google Translate): Read Translated Review

Youngester: HEXBUG Nano

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Youngester.com has a great HEXBUG Nano product overview, describing the collectability, online game, and more.

HEXBUG Nano fanatics interested in the lore of science and discovery can visit www.handandstars.com to earn points by answering science quiz questions, register their collection using the unique serial numbers included inside each test tube style package, and achieve global status and prestige in an online game that requires players to use scientific principles to build their own virtual Nano.

Read the full review on Youngester.com

They’ve also got the Nano featured on their ‘One Photo‘ section, describing more of the Nano experience.

Continuing to pay homage to its scientific heritage, the HEXBUG Nano family will include five unique collections, each named after an accomplished scientist. Each collection will include five distinct series, representing key scientific discoveries realized during the time period of its collection. For example, the Newton Collection, available today, includes Gravity, Orbit, Motion, Calculus and Refraction as its five series. Each Series includes five individual bugs, some of which are common while others are very rare, so collectors will need to be on the lookout for certain high point value creatures. There are also extremely rare bugs known as Mutations, which will appear from time to time. Additional collections and series will be unveiled in 2010.

HEXBUG Nano Review

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Bargain Hunting Moms have reviewed their HEXBUG Nano experience.

HexbugsNanos are cool little robotic creatures that I learned will keep not only your kids, but your husband occupied for long periods of time…Kids will come up with tons of ideas to play with these. I can even see these used in a homeschool environment….HEXBUGS come with a special code that you can enter online for online play, too. There, you can learn about science and famous scientists, and play games in addition to registering your Nano and keeping track of your collection. Hexbug Nanos are slated to come in several collections–all named after scientists. The first is the Newton Collection and they’re available in several colors. Hexbug Nanos are both educational and fun.

Read the full review at their site.

Joyful Reviews & Giveaways – HEXBUG Nano

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Joyful Reviews & Giveaways have written a review of the HEXBUG Nano.

This bug was SO much fun. I thought since it was so little it would be a little boring. The bug goes crazy and what I loved is that it hardly ever gets stuck on anything so you don’t have to worry about it and can just watch it in action. My dog went CRAZY over this, he never goes that crazy over anything so it was funny to watch. He loved to chase it around and he never got tired of it.

Find this review and others on their site.

Nano featured on German Engadget

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The German Engadget site featured a review of the HEXBUG Nano today.

Read the whole article.
(Translated to English)

HEXBUG Nano Swarms Toys“R”Us & RadioShack Stores Nationwide

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

GREENVILLE, Texas – (Business Wire) Innovation First International, a global leader in educational and competitive robotics products and consumer robotics toys, today unveiled the HEXBUG Nano – a tiny, 1.75 inch energetic micro robotic bug that uses the physics of vibration and robotic intelligence to skitter along and explore its environment on smooth surfaces.

Planned as a series for collectors, the first release is the Nano Newton Collection of five unique bugs for kids 3 years old and up, and is now available for $7.99 each at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com, RadioShack and online at www.hexbug.com/nano. Additionally, Toys“R”Us is exclusively offering the HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set, which allows users to configure customizable mazes for the industrious creatures.

HEXBUG Nano fanatics interested in the lore of science and discovery can visit www.handandstars.com to earn points by answering science quiz questions, register their collection using the unique serial numbers included inside each test tube style package, and achieve global status and prestige in an online game that requires players to use scientific principles to build their own virtual Nano.

“HEXBUG Nano fascinates children and adults alike with its lifelike behavior while it exposes them to concepts such as cause-and-effect, momentum, center of gravity and randomness,” said Joel Carter, vice president, marketing, Innovation First International. “The Nano is also the first generation of HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures that is collectible and extends the user experience online with a world that reinforces the fun and fascination behind science and discovery through a variety of online challenges and game-play.”

Powered by a tiny motor and 12 fixed, angular legs, the industrious insect switches direction upon coming into contact with an object in its path, and possesses an uncanny sense of balance, flipping to its feet when turned on its back. Continuing to pay homage to its scientific heritage, the HEXBUG Nano family will include five unique collections, each named after an accomplished scientist. Each collection will include five distinct series, representing key scientific discoveries realized during the time period of its collection. For example, the Newton Collection, available today, includes Gravity, Orbit, Motion, Calculus and Refraction as its five series. Each Series includes five individual bugs, some of which are common while others are very rare, so collectors will need to be on the lookout for certain high point value creatures. There are also extremely rare bugs known as Mutations, which will appear from time to time. Additional collections and series will be unveiled in 2010.

HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures meet the most stringent safety regulations put into action by the new CPSIA law, designed with the underlying intention of protecting children and the environment from poisonous products.

About Innovation First International

Innovation First International, a privately held corporation, was founded on the belief that innovation very early in the design process is necessary to produce simple and elegant product designs. Innovation First began producing electronics for unmanned mobile ground robots, and is now an industry leader in the hobby, competition, education and toy markets. The company’s award winning Vex Robotics Design System, HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures and IFI Robotics span the education, consumer and business-to-business markets. In 2007, the company launched www.RobotEvents.com, an online portal dedicated to the advancement of educational and competitive robotics, which provides comprehensive information on the latest robotics competitions, educational workshops and information for teachers and mentors. The company also created the VEX Robotics Competition in 2007, designed to give a diverse group of students the chance to celebrate their accomplishments and share their passion for robotics with each other. Leveraging the company’s core competency in electrical and mechanical engineering, the RackSolutions division works closely with all major computer OEMs to provide custom mounting solutions and industry-wide rack compatibility for data installations of all sizes. In 2009 the company added offices in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom to better serve the global marketplace. With an advanced in-house metal fabrication plant, distribution center, and corporate office located together in a 13 acre complex in Greenville, Texas, the company is poised to continue on a rapid growth path. Please visit www.innovationfirst.com for additional information.

HEXBUG Nano Habitat

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

A bunch of HEXBUG Nano videos are popping up on YouTube.  Here’s a great one I found tonight, showing one of the nearly unlimited habitat layouts you can create with a Nano Habitat (or two).  The Habitat is available exclusively at your local Toys ‘R’ Us stores!

Nano: 5 out of 5 Stars – Editors Choice

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

HEXBUG Nano received 5 out of 5 stars from Kids Tech Review.

The Nano features 12 rubbery legs that propel the mini robot rapidly across hard surfaces. Nano quickly scurries about, bouncing off objects and otherwise frequently changing direction. Hexbug has also included online tools that let kids register and “collect” Nanos online.

Read the whole review on their site.