Get Your Own Levitating DeLorean on Indiegogo

We have barely entered 2016 and I think that I’ve already found my favourite collectable of the year, at the very least it will be a very tough one to beat. I almost missed this completely, but I’m glad that I came across the Indiegogo campaign site for the 1:20 sized and first truly Levitating DeLorean Time Machine collectible, the well-known vehicle from the Back to the Future movies.

The Levitating DeLorean Time Machine collectible is off to a good start in both the development and the fundraising campaign. The working prototypes have been created and the Indiegogo campaigns funds will be used to create the molds and get the mass production going. All the early-bird specials are gone, but there only were 100 of them and the only bonus here was included shipping. Anyone else can still get their pledge in for $195 USD plus shipping costs. At the time of writing, the Levitating DeLorean Time Machine collectible has gathered $25,000 USD out of the $30,000 funding goal.

The company behind the collectible is Kids Logic Co Ltd based out of Hong Kong. The toy manufacturer was established in 2009 and has already created high-quality official collectible toys from titles such as Transformers G1, Saint Seiya (Japan Anime), Arale (Japan Anime), Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Street Fighters.

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Dr Emmett Brown, Back To The Future II

The model is based on the car from the 1989 Back to the Future II movie and in 1:20 scale with its 22cm length. The magnetic floating base pushes the DeLorean Time Machine into the air where it will levitate for as long as the power is connected or the batteries don’t run out of juice. It can be powered by either a 12V AC/DC adapter or sixteen AA batteries via the included battery pack enclosure.

The base has LED lighting around the base when it’s turned on and also showcases the Back To The Future II logo on the front. The car itself is also filled with LED lighting effects and you can also switch the wheels between flying and driving mode. The flying mode wheelset also comes with built-in LED effect. In total, the car has over 30 LED lights at various points. The model is built from over 200 individual pieces and carefully painted to resemble the original from the movie. Details are important in collectables and this is one and not a toy, just to clarify.

There’s still 23 days left, so that’s plenty of time to secure yourself one of these very cool levitating collectable Time Machines in the form of a Back To The Future II DeLorean. You can find the Indiegogo campaign here.

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Disney Is Devising a 3D Augmented Reality Colouring Book

I don’t know, children today in developed countries have it all in terms of tech, where tablet computers and Smartphone’s are the norm and internet access is available 24/7 to assist with homework, yep, let’s assume it’s for school work and not for social networks. Now, Disney has incorporated augmented reality into a colouring book which allows your child the ability to colour in a character from an art book in 3D.

Below is a video which shows the concept, as you can see, it utilizes an augmented reality app that Disney have developed with the aim of tracking and capturing real-time images from a mobile device camera. It then maps them onto any 3D deformable surface. The end result is a moving 3D character which can be coloured in within real-time.

The app is still very much at the development stage, but it certainly shows the possibilities which could exist within toys of the future.  Below is a screenshot to convey the idea, the user views the 3D character via a phone or tablet camera while using the app, they can then colour in the figure within the 2D colouring book which is then translated onto the character.

This concept is certainly fantastic and shows what could be achieved if you transfer this principle onto a more advanced model. Imagine if this technique was perfected and allowed you to colour in a Star Wars vehicle before it flew around the room or a historical building or landmark.  It will be a while yet before it hits the shops, but when it does, expect children to clamber for it.

A fantastic concept for tech lovers, and imagine working for a company called “Disney Research” certainly eye-catching on a CV.

Thank you disneyresearch for providing us with this information.

Star Wars Fan Makes His Own BB-8 Robot

How are you finding the first footage of Star War’s BB-8 robot? Pretty interesting, isn’t he? Well, if you like him a lot, you probably should know that a Star Wars fan out there made a perfect replica and it actually moves!

The first time we saw BB-8 was in the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens movie, where he was running towards or away from something on a desert plateau. Remember? No? Then you can view it again below.

Christian Poulsen, an industrial designer, is the man behind the fan-made BB-8 robot. He made the robot from a Sphero robot ball by cutting it up, painting it and adding a magnet to keep BB-8’s head on the rotating body. The best part about it stand in the BB-8 droid being controlled via Bluetooth with the Sphero app!

If you wish to follow his work and make your own, Poulsen revealed a guide for you to follow.

Regardless of whether you plan on making you own little droid or not, a lot of BB-8 toys and other Star Wars goodies should hit the market as soon as the movie title launches. Excited? I know I am!

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Star Wars Wikipedia

Indiegogo Toy Aims to Help Teach Children How to Code

A lot of companies have been struggling to release something that will help children how to code. The use of apps and toys have been the most obvious choice for them in order to make coding a lot more fun.

The latest initiative comes from an Indiegogo startup and its Codie toy, which is a wheeled gadget that comes with an app to let the user control and program it at the same time.

Codie appears to be using a visual drag and drop blocks approach rather than having kids program by typing a bunch of lines of code. While the concept is not new, Codie’s developers state that it will stand out with the help of its programming language.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj5GKCavdeM

Codie’s programming language will not require any compiling time and will react in real-time, which means that any changes made by kids will make Codie react instantly, granting a more interactive experience.

The company looks like it is trying to raise $70,000 on Indiegogo, having it already raised half the sum. If you are interested about the project and want to learn more, or even contribute to its creation, you can visit its Indiegogo page here.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information

Anki Overdrive: The ‘Scalextric’ of The Future

Anki, the creators of the A.I. racing game Anki Drive, have announced their latest product, the Anki Overdrive – what very much appears to be the Scalextric, or for the non-Brits among us, the slot cars, of the future.

Anki introduced their slot-less cars during Apple’s WWDC in 2013. Until now, the track you see in that presentation had pretty much been the same, using A.I. cars that are programmed to race each other around it.

Now though, with ‘Overdrive’, Anki really has captured the spirit of slot-cars, with most of the usual features, including bridges and of course, the dramatic crashes on the corners. There are some things though, like jumping, ‘respawning’ and ‘shooting’ opponents’ cars, that our old fashioned Scalextrics could never match.

Anki Overdrive won’t be available until September 2015, but for now, we have this video below.

Source: The Verge

Meet The Electric Supercar – For Kids

Want your little boy or girl to be the coolest kid in the neighbourhood? South Korean company Henes has announced the F870 – the electric supercar for kids.

This thing really is a miniature supercar, including shock absorbers, coil-spring suspension, differential steering, a leather racing-style seat and a and a 7-inch Android tablet entertainment system. It also has something a real supercar doesn’t have – remote control. Yes, while you may be to old to fit in this thing, you can control it via a dedicated Bluetooth Controller.

The currently yet-to-be released F870 will set parents back anything between $895 and $1,000, perhaps a reasonable price considering the usual cost of similar yet low-tech electric ride-ons. Still, it is rather garish isn’t it?

Source: The Verge

Bandai Re-Releases Tamagotchi After 17 Years!

I have these things at the best of time, although admittedly I did actually own one 17 years ago and it was a fun distraction from the daily rigours of life… ok no it wasn’t, it was garbage, but it was a trend and everyone had one.

The little egg shaped key ring toy was a big deal back in the mid 90’s, using just three buttons and a questionable black and white pixelated display, you would feed, play and generally care for your digital pet. This involved cleaning up when it poops, throwing it a toy, telling it that it has been good / bad and so on. In short, it is a little bit stupid, but this is from a time when smartphones weren’t even a thing and Snake wasn’t released on a Nokia phone until the following year!

Now the little digital time wasters have turned 17 (did that make you feel old too?) and Bandai have resurrected them from the dead by revamping the brand. Tamagotchi Friends will be out for Christmas and would make a great stocking filler over the holiday season. American fans will even get the colour screen edition early next year, but us Brits will have to stick with the old school screens for now.

The whole thing is still pretty much the same, with the addition of an NFC style feature allows you to send your pet off to play on someone else egg by bumping them together, the only downside being you’ll need to ask someone if they also have one.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Engadget.