Encounters of the Air Hogs kind
The motion-control movement that’s making Microsoft’s Project Natal such a hot topic is heading down the toy aisle this spring as Spin Master preps the latest incarnation of its popular Air Hogs line. Vectron Wave is a mini UFO that can fly sans remote-control – with the wave of a hand or other object to guide it. Equipped with an automatic level sensor, the Vectron Wave will alter its height to hover above any objects it’s near.
Sing along with Sing-a-Majigs
You’ve surely seen singing plush, especially around the holidays. But Fisher-Price’s cute and zany Sing-a-Majigs take the tunes one fun step further. Squeeze their tummies and they’ll break into song, mouths opening wide to hit the high notes, and give you a glimpse of their little teeth – put all four together and they’ll sing in harmony. The initial group will hit retail in May, with two more characters set to arrive this fall.
Lifeboat to Mars: ready for take-off
As part of US pubcaster PBS’s effort to bolster its STEM-based offerings (science, technology, engineering, math), it has launched new iGame Lifeboat to Mars on PBSKidsGo.org/lifeboat. In partnership with Red Hill Studios, and funded by the National Science Foundation, the game is set in 2041 when a microbe-carrying lifeboat bound for the red planet explodes – kids are tasked with rebuilding the ecosystem in time to save the mission.