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It’s a Bit Corny

It’s a Bit Corny

Show of hands of who wouldn’t want a long, Velcro, sweetcorn pillow. This pillow allows you to detach and reattach (with Velcro) the little corns to use them as pillows. In addition to all of those awesome little kernels of corn is a mat that is easily rolled out to be played on. Is this(…)

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Ride On Scooter

Ride On Scooter

Chicco’s beautifully designed product Ride On is an advanced designed scooter made specifically for children ranging from 1-4 years of age. The Ride On can seem a bit deceiving and quite original when you take your first look; this thing seems to do just about everything. Ride on acts as a scooter, a bouncer, a(…)

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NASA designs ape-like robot for disasters

NASA designs ape-like robot for disasters

When we imagine the robots of the future, they often look and move like humans, standing up on two legs and using a pair of arms to grab and move objects. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is working on a different kind of robot for disaster response that’s designed to move like an ape. Headless but(…)

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A Computer You Can Throw

A Computer You Can Throw

Kids these days are so involved with their technology and video games that they hardly spend time being active or playing outside with each other. Wanting to provide kids with the best of both worlds, some clever minds have created Hackaball, a programmable toy that lets kids explore the technology side of life while also(…)

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Get in Synchrony

Get in Synchrony

For parents seeking connection with their autistic children, the bonding process can prove very difficult. However, it has been shown that music therapy has created a setting for bonding and intimacy that creates understanding. In persuing this communication platform, designer Kenneth Tay has created the Synchrony. Music therapy instruments that you find at establishments like West(…)

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Do You Wanna Go Sledding?

Do You Wanna Go Sledding?

Sledding is a great pastime for kids or adults, but carrying and storing sleds can prove difficult because of their bulkiness. To take all the stress out of sledding and offer better portability and storage options, the designers at Maarno have created the Folding Sled! Snow sleds are a common household item for people who(…)

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Mag Neato

Mag Neato

Magicians are constantly using some of the coolest gadgets in the science world to perform outstanding feats of illusion. One such gadget is the set of powerful magnets known as the Magnetation Stress Reliever by Alexey Chugunnikov. Both a stress relieving exercise and a cool trick, the set of 4 magnets are made of lightweight(…)

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Good, Green Monsters

Good, Green Monsters

It’s important for children to get in the habit of being environmentally conscious, which can be tough sometimes without simple explanations that they can understand. To help kids learn good green habits, designer Anastasia Bondarenko has created Eco Monsters. A set of adorable little creatures, they teach kids more about energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling,(…)

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Shuttle Kick

Shuttle Kick

The game of shuttlecock may have been around since the 5th century (B.C.) but any sport can use some updates now and then. Here to with a fresh take on the game is the gadget called Cokick, an award-winning design by Cai Junkai, Liang Xionjian, and Zhang Liyun. This design turns a traditional piece of equipment used in the(…)

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Bust Stress, Not Balls

Bust Stress, Not Balls

A lot of us work up quite a bit of tension on the job, which causes extreme stress that makes us cranky. But rather than freaking out on your co-workers, employees, or bosses, you should squeeze some balls; particularly, the Desk Spheres designed by Maxim Ginsburg for stylish stress relief. Stress balls come in many shapes(…)

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Jump for Joy

Jump for Joy

What if you could create energy by jumping rope? This is actually possible! By using the kinetic energy collected from the movement of a jump rope, designer Bae Gyu Ri has created a jump-powered lighting system called Jumping Lighting. Kinetic-powered jumps ropes are becoming a common toy for children in first-world countries, with editions such(…)

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Roll with Ollie

Roll with Ollie

For kids who like to play hard and who enjoy fast-paced fun, Ollie is a great interactive toy that takes games to a new level. Interacting with an easy-to-use smartphone or tablet app, you can race Ollie or have it perform awesome tricks. Play to rack up points and compete with friends.   Interactive toys for(…)

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A Wobbly Chess Set that is Sturdy in Quality

A Wobbly Chess Set that is Sturdy in Quality

You do not need to be an epic chess player to be able to claim bragging rights if you own the “Wobble” chess set. A gorgeous assemblage of bobbing wooden pieces laid out across a board with concave squares, this set looks good in any part of your home. Thanks to the ingenuity of designer(…)

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*POP* Goes the Bottle Cap

*POP* Goes the Bottle Cap

While uncorking a bottle of wine or champagne is a celebratory move in a distinguished setting, so too is the opening of a bottle of beer at less formal events. Some consider it a talent to make that satisfying *POP* noise when the cap comes off, and many have turned it into a competition to(…)

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This Game is Like Jenga on a Hovercraft

This Game is Like Jenga on a Hovercraft

In a similar vein of Tetris and Jenga, “Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge” is a fascinating building game with a surprising twist: it levitates, adding a whole new level of excitement to the game! Due to magnetic repulsion, the game board defies gravity by floating place. Players must stack building blocks onto the board, and the(…)

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