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Toy Fair 2013 - Show Roundup Transcript

We visited the London Toy Fair in January to check up on the latest tech for the young and not-so-young. We have a full report, but here's a transcript of our summary from Show 84.

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Now, if you're a keen subscriber to FrequencyCast, you probably caught our look at the London Toy Fair 2013, which we released a couple of weeks ago. If you missed it, do go to our site, where you'll find a ten-minute audio and video special. Here's a quick summary of what you may have missed.

I'm talking to Pip from AppToyz, who has - let me just describe what he's holding: he's holding a red rifle here, with an iPhone stuck into the actual gun itself. Pip, what are you doing?


So I'm playing a game here called Alien Attack. It's an augmented reality game - it's what all the kids are talking about these days. It's a first-person shooter, but it's using the camera on the iPhone to give us our placement, so it looks, to all intents and purposes, that aliens are in the room with us. We'll just eliminate a few of these guys here.


You have a lovely little pink thing dancing to the FrequencyCast theme.


The "pink thing", as you call it, is the Tosy robot, DiscoRobo from Logicom. So what she actually does is, she listens to the music, and then she will dance to that music, so as the beat of the music changes, she changes the way she dances, the facial expression will change, so whatever music we're playing, she will act to that music.


Toy Fair 2013, and I'm talking to Charlotte, who is Product Manager for V-Tech.


Yep, so we have an iDiscover App activity table, and it's basically for parents who don't want their kiddies' little grubby hands all over their iPhones or iPads. It has a driving game in there, it has musical numbers, it has lots of electronic lights and gizmos and gadgets, and I think it's a nice place for your child to play happily with your iPad without you worrying.


And just moving over here, we've got another rather fascinating-looking product.


So you're looking at the Innotab 2 for babies. It has a protective case, so you never have to worry about leaving your child unattended. It also has pre-loaded ebooks and videos and games and music, to help soothe your child, but also help educate them with shapes, colours - different things like that.


Now, this is the big kids' toy though - this is the one I want. I'm looking at a T-Rex - is that right?


It has voice recognition, so you say "T-Rex", and it'll roar; "T-Rex, move forward", it'll automatically do that; "T-Rex, move back", it'll do that, so you don't even need to stand near it. You say "T-Rex, fire" - and it'll launch its missile, not too far, but far enough.

T-Rex: The name T-Rex means "king of the tyrant lizards".


So you're looking at a RoboFish. A RoboFish is the most lifelike robot fish on the market. What we've got here is, it's micro-robotics, but what makes it really special is that it's water-activated. It's got two carbon switches - when you have a connection with one, nothing happens, but two, it'll activate, and obviously pop it in. It actually swims in five different directions, and how it does that is, it's actually got an electromagnetic coil, so it operates on a coil system, so it allows it to twist and turn, and swim in a different direction, and that's really what gives it the lifelike look.


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