Hexbugs ($10-20) are “micro robotic creatures” that respond to sound, lights and objects in their path. Their little legs move and they skitter around until they run into something with their delicate, wire antennae, then they back away, make a turn and try again. These aren’t really for the little kids, but my 3 1/2-year-old son and my “mostly golden retriever” love them.
Archive for March, 2009
Like its cousins the Original Hexbug and the Hexbug Crab, the Inchworm is an amazing insectoid robot, but this time you can take full control via a two-channel infra-red remote control system.
Out with the Kids has a great review of the HEXBUG product line.
For a bunch of mechanical insects, Hexbugs are unusually adorable, especially the crab (the blue one in this photo). While you probably won’t be snuggling up with the things in bed, you certainly will not rush to call the exterminator either. The evolution of Hexbugs is evident and exciting to witness. The original bug reacts to touch and sound, with it’s wire-thin antenna’s recognizing any contact. That contact then triggers the creature’s legs to move backwards in an frantic attempt to escape. Very, very clever.
They also have a HEXBUG giveaway (scroll to the bottom of the article).
Want a Hexbug in your home? Just leave a comment here before 11:59 pm (ET) on Friday March 27th 2009 and you’ll have a chance to win one of 2 Hexbugs. I have an original and a crab to give away to 2 lucky readers!
Read the whole article here: http://outwiththekids.blogspot.com/2009/03/owtks-best-of-nyc-toy-fair-09-part-2.html
Ever wanted to control an original HEXBUG without having to clap .. or wait for it to hit a wall? Peter, over at appliedinspirations.com has provided us with another detailed step-by-step modification for our original HEXBUG. With a little work you can control an Original HEXBUG with a TV remote control.
Read the full article here: http://www.appliedinspirations.com/appliedcontent/Projects/HXB-IRmod/HXB_IRmod.html
Botropolis has a review of the Crab and Inchworm up on thieir site.
Read the review at : http://botropolis.com/2009/03/hands-on-hexbug-robots/
Grandkids Gift Guide has a review of the HEXBUG product line.
We were delighted — and not the least bit squeamish — to be introduced to our little HEXBUG friends at Toy Fair in New York last month. HEXBUGS are beautifully designed and affordable micro robotic creatures appropriate for ages 8 and up.
Read the entire review here: http://grandkidsgiftguide.com/age/8-11-years-old/dont-worry-hexbug-micro-robotic-creatures-are-fun-to-live-with/
The HEXBUG product line was featured on Collector’s Quest in a Toy Fair 2009 Wrap-Up.
I’m also a fan of Hexbugs, being a lover of both robots and bugs. These are small robotic creatures that are programmed to skitter around, and respond to light, sound, or touch stimulus by adjusting their movement to either move towards or away from said stimulus.
Read the whole article: http://www.collectorsquest.com/blog/2009/03/04/toy-fair-2009-wrap-up/
An article about the HEXBUG Ant was featured on The Future of Things yesterday.
At the NY International Toy Fair 2009, the Texas based manufacturer Innovation First introduced the HEXBUG Ant, a 6cm long new micro robotic insect featuring front and rear touch sensors that allow it to maneuver around objects in its path and wheel-legs that propel it ten times faster than any previous HEXBUG robot. The Ant will be available on store shelves this April and will join its robotic cousins, the Crab, Inchworm, and the original HEXBUG.