TDmonthly's ToyFair 2006 Preview--Electronics Product Category
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by JUNGLETAC INTERACTIVE CO. LTD.
This all-in-one system features a 2.5" digital crystal LCD screen, a slim, portable design, 50 games, a built-in speaker, an eight-direction pad and an auto-off function. It requires three AAA batteries (included). According to Carrie Wu, marketing director for Jungletac Interactive, “high clarity, more fun and endless new games” make this product unique. Launch date: January 2005. 1/29/2007 (Price: $19.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by JUNGLETAC INTERACTIVE CO. LTD.
This mobile digital system features a 2.5-inch digital crystal LCD panel and can be plugged into a TV for clearer and wider images. The product supports multiple platforms, allowing it to be used as a gaming or educational device. Certain cartridges allow it to be converted for use as a MP3/MP4 player, a digital TV or camera, or a photo viewer. The slim, portable design is lightweight and requires three AAA batteries (included). Launch date: October 2005. 1/29/2007 (Price: $17.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by TIGER ELECTRONICS
This manual toothbrush allows children to hear music by such artists as Hilary Duff and Queen while brushing. A music chip containing a two-minute clip is embedded in the handle of each toothbrush, which works by streaming sound vibrations from the bristles to the teeth and transferring sound waves into the jawbone and inner ear. Three AAA batteries are included. Launch date: Fall 2006. 1/29/2007 (Price: $9.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by UNCLE MILTON INDUSTRIES INC.
Listening to music is only half of the experience. Lightcast is an interactive music light show that syncs to the beat of favorite tunes. Just connect Lightcast to an iPod, MP3 player, home stereo system or personal computer, and a darkened room will come to life with multicolored lights that pulse and dance in response to each song. The Lightcast can also be used with instruments such as a guitar to create a live light show with every note played. The fully customizable projector will visualize the beat of the music through one of four distinct modes: Smooth, Flow, Vibe and Pulse. The mix modes can be used to program light shows for favorite songs. Lightcast comes with a remote control, audio input cable and an AC adapter. MP3 player and speakers not included. Launch Date: 2006. ( Watch Video)
1/11/2007 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
SmartKids Multi-Laptop Imagination PL-780
by CONCEPT ENTERPRISES INC.
This bilingual (English/Spanish) learning laptop has a recording feature, a drawing board, QWERTY keyboard design, a friendly voice and lively animations, and a high-resolution LCD screen. Activities address the alphabet, words, mathematics, logic, music and games. Launch date: October 11, 2006. 1/9/2007 (Price: $39.99)
SmartKids Play & Learn PL-720
by CONCEPT ENTERPRISES INC.
This learning laptop adjusts curriculum to the child's skill level and features 24 challenging activities plus a learning system that improves memory. It includes six language games, eight math challenges, seven musical activities and six logical games. Launch date: October 11, 2006. 1/9/2007 (Price: $32.99)
by JAZWARES INC.
Ever wanted to make your own stop-motion movie like the Marvel Marching Superheroes? Or maybe South Park? Well, the Ani-Movie does it ... digitally. It’s made up of a digital camera on a sweep arm that looks down on a “stage” for backgrounds and animation pieces — just like an old-time animation camera ... only digital. Put one of the cut-out Marvel superheroes or villains on deck (Spidey or Dr. Doom), position him, hit the Red Button to capture a frame, move an arm, or leg, hit the button again, and before you know it, you’re playing your own animation back on your TV. Mike DeCamp, art director for Jazwares and creator of the Ani-Movie has been a student of animation for years. “I always thought it was cool and fun making stop-motions on my own. Then I thought it might be easy to do digitally, and came up with the Ani-Movie. It just kind of came together with Marvel — they’ve been very helpful.” You can use your own memory sticks to get more footage, too. Launch date: December 2006. 12/29/2006 (Price: $59.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC.
Nintendo’s Wii is distinct from other video game consoles because it has the wireless Wii Remote. This device detects motion, so that game-players can simulate the movement of their game rather than just press buttons. Players whose game character is swinging a sword, for example, make swinging motions to get their character to act. With a BM PowerPC-based CPU, a Wii Optical Disc, 512MB Internal flash memory, and online services such as Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, WiiConnect24, Virtual Console and Wii Channels, Wii also delivers great performance. Launch Date: November 19, 2006. 12/28/2006 (Price: $250.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Xbox 360 delivers high definition gaming and entertainment experiences for the whole family, with games such as the classic "Pac-Man" and the new generation blockbuster "Halo 2." With a 3.2 GHz PPC Tri-Core Xenon CPU and 500 MHz ATI Xenos GPU, the Xbox 360 provides great graphics and audio for realistic games. Xbox 360 also features high definition downloads on Xbox LIVE, access to digital music and pictures stored on a PC and voice and video chat capability via the Vision camera. Xbox 360 is available in three models: Xbox 360 Core, Xbox 360 (with a 20 GB hard drive) and the new Xbox 360 Elite (with a 120 GB hard drive and black finish). Launch Date: November 22, 2005.
12/28/2006 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by SONY ELECTRONICS
PlayStation 3 is a seventh-generation video game console. The console has a powerful 3.2 GHz Cell Broadband Engine with 1 PPE and 7 SPEs. Users can buy games such as the popular "Resistance: Fall of Man" and can also use the PlayStation Network to play interactive games with others. The console supports BD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-ROM and Super Audio CD technology. Most PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games also can be played on this new console. Launch Date: November 17, 2006. 12/28/2006 (Price: $499.00)
by SOLID ALLIANCE
Mmm... calamari. Lately the stolid USB flash memory market has been brightened up with fun accessories — everything from glowing ducks to chameleons — but Solid Alliance has gone them one better with a half-gig memory stick that not only glows, but also looks like a squid. Yup, cephalopod fetishists unite: This is your memory stick of choice. Imagine impressing your sushi-loving boss with one of these, or as a gift for the Cthulu fan. Marge Donklin, assistant manager at the Jackson, Miss., CompUSA pointed out that “USB sticks are becoming trendy. People are accessorizing with them and defining their ‘look.’ Squids would be really interesting.” 12/21/2006 (Price: $51.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by Talk2Pet LLC
Modern technology has gone to the dogs with Chatterbowl, the talking animal bowl. Able to record and play back up to 10 seconds from “Master,” Chatterbowl may help alleviate separation anxiety. Now when you have to leave ol’ Fido or little Fluffy for the day, a soothing “Good dog” or “Nice kitty” is left behind. Dr. Frank W. Lavac, who heads up the VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital, agreed that a calming voice could help the nervous pet. For your furry friend, it’s almost like you never went away... Jay Taylor, inventor and company head of Talk2Pet LLC, has already found initial interest strong and will be taking Chatterbowl to shows this year to expand his market. 12/21/2006 (Price: $24.95)
Lego Racers X5 Igniter
This customized radio control vehicle is easy to build, race and rebuild after a crash. Reconfigure 58 pieces, creating an off-road racer, monster truck, or whatever vehicle a kid can imagine. 12/8/2006
by PRESSMAN TOY CORP.
Gather 3-4 friends and connect your MP3 players (sold separately) and music to iGAMEz. Secretly select a song and have your friends guess to gain points. iGAMEz comes in a number of variations. 12/8/2006 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Beatz and Remix
by SPIN MASTER TOYS
Mix tools are designed to personalize your music mixes with scratch and remix options. iPods are protected inside (iPods sold separately). Beatz and Remix comes with a belt clip in a variety of colors. 12/8/2006 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Play TV Skateboarder
by RADICA GAMES
Experience realistic skateboard action in either individual or two-player mode. Use a combination of joystick buttons and board movements to play. Skateboarder plugs into TV. 12/8/2006 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Hot Wheels Radar Gun
by MATTEL INC.
Kids can measure the speed of vehicles and other fast objects. Real working radar gun measures real speed and Hot Wheels 1:64-scale speed. Features point-and-read technology. 12/8/2006 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Disney Pix Click Micro Digital Camera
by DIGITAL BLUE
Designed especially for kids, Disney Pix Click Micro Digital Camera holds up to 24 photos, with a portable design that easily hooks to bags and backpacks. This camera has LCD display, software CD-ROM, and CIF resolution. 12/8/2006 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Massively Mini Media
by TIGER ELECTRONICS
Massively Mini Media plays MP3 music files and videos and stores photos with touch-screen technology. This media player stands 1" x 2.5" x ½" thick, with 128 MB of memory. It includes ear buds with a lanyard. 12/7/2006 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
This control pad is a center for cooperative play. Using the control pad, up to four drivers can engage in play in the Rokenbok remote control play/fun system. It teaches cooperative play skills, and offers the same fun as other model vehicular play systems. Treehouse Toys in Portsmouth, N.H. is proud to carry this product, according to owner Kathleen Tutone. 12/6/2006 (Price: $29.99)
Care Bears Tele-Friend Amigo Bear
by PLAY ALONG INC.
Amigo Bear teaches children bilingual skills. Press Amigo Bear’s phone to hear phrases that teach numbers, colors and simple conversations in English or Spanish. 11/28/2006 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
SweetPea3 MP3 Player for kids
by SweetPea Toy Company Ltd.
The SweetPea3 is a fully featured MP3 digital music player designed for infants and toddlers. It stores two hours of music or stories, and allows children as young as a year old to safely listen to music over the built-in speaker. The ultra-simple controls and robust enclosure combine to deliver a satisfying audio experience for children and parents alike.
— “This is the only digital music player that features a built-in speaker and does not require young children to wear headphones,” Dan Lemay of Peapod Toys told TDmonthly
. “All other players on the market rely on headphones and if they do offer a speaker option, it is in the form of a large docking station.” Launch date: February 11, 2007; available May 2007. ( Watch Video)
11/27/2006 (Price: $59.95)
Barbie "Jam With Me" Electronic Guitar
The Barbie Jam With Me Karaoke Guitar looks and plays just like a real electric guitar. It comes with three top hit songs included on a cartridge and a karaoke microphone so girls can sing along with their favorite pop hits. There’s even a dock for her iPod nano so she can jam to her own MP3s. The free-play option and the automatic “Jammin” chords let kids rock out, while the pulsing lights, working whammy bar and microphone add to the rockin’ fun. It also includes a line-in jack for other audio sources. Launch date: 2006. 11/15/2006 (Price: $39.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Zoundz, a 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner, creates a fusion of self-composed music and a light show. Users can create their own riffs and fine tune creations with the mode switch, enabling adjustment of tempo, volume and echo. Each interactive “hot spot” lights up when a pawn is placed, and grooves to the music’s tempo. Color indicates music type, with red indicating sharper tones and blue reflecting softer sounds. “Zounds lends itself to a diverse audience….And as a speaker for any iPod, it has numerous traits that transcend toys,” Marc Rosenberg, chief marketing officer for Zizzle, told TDmonthly
.” Launch date: September 2006. 11/14/2006 (Price: $49.99)
Lucky the Incredible Wonder Pup
This dog responds to 15 different commands, including “speak” and “lie down.” It received the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award for 2007. Launch date: September 2006. 11/14/2006 (Price: $49.99)
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