With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s important to start figuring what to get all the little ones on your shopping list. If your local Toys”R”Us is all out of Keepons maybe you can import a few Utamin — just make sure to give the noisy little buggers to someone else’s kids. The strange crowned spheres “sing” as you wave your hand in front of them. In simple mode it merely bangs out some pre-programmed nursery rhymes, but it also has a rhythm and melody mode, the latter of which lets you play any note in the musical scale. Pitch is determined by how far your hand is from the Utamin, which is detected using an IR sensor. Two can even be connected to perform adorable duets. The toys will be shipping this month to Japanese customers in green, pink or blue for ¥3,800 ($ 49). Check out the video after the break.
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Generally the words “roach” and “adorable” don’t get thrown together. But, one look at the video after the break and you’ll understand. This six-legged successor to UC Berkeley’s DASH scampers not just horizontally, but vertically — so long as the material it’s climbing is cloth. All motion is handled by the bot’s front four legs, while the rear two provide stabilization. The CLASH is able to adhere to cloth because its feet have small claws that allow it to grip the fabric, while its appendages scurry about at up to 34 strides per second. Its top speed of 24 centimeters a second may not sound like much, but considering the pest-inspired design is only 10 centimeters long, it’s actually quite a brisk pace. Trust us, you don’t want to miss watching it in action after the break.
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