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Disney Research app turns colored drawings into 3D characters

A new Disney Research project can make coloring books more exciting for those of us with limited art skills. The team has built an interactive Android and iOS coloring book app using the Unity game engine that can take a colored drawing and turn it into an augmented reality object on screen -- and, …

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Can programmable robots Dot and Dash teach your kids to code?

My cat is pretty unflappable, given that she shares a house with four children. But when a three-wheeled robot trundles into the living room, even Lola can’t belt out of the cat-flap fast enough. Perhaps it’s the barking that spooked her.<p>The robot is called Dash, and like its smaller, stationary …

Living Rooms

Is this idiot-proof 3D printer enough to make you finally buy one?

Power tool company Dremel has launched the £850 Idea Builder in the UK, allowing users to start printing in 10 minutes<p>3D printing has been supposed to transform our lives for several years now. The revolution in consumerism, that would see every family have a machine in their home that could …

Power Tools

With $100M In Funding, Carbon3D Will Make 3D Manufacturing A Reality

Carbon3D, a startup building 3D printers for manufacturers, has pulled in $100 million in new funding to move 3D printing out of the prototyping phase and into production.<p>Google Ventures led the Series C round, joined by new investors Yuri Milner, Reinet Investments, and F.I.S., along with existing …

Skylanders SuperChargers goes online, comes with its own take on Mario Kart | Polygon

There's a lot to <i>Skylanders SuperChargers</i>, from the deep platforming gameplay on land, sea and in the air, to the minigames and first-time ever online play, but the only thing you really need to know is that the game will include its own take on Mario Kart and it's a lot of fun.<p>I recently had a …

Sphero targets the education market with a redesigned robot

Sphero's road to becoming more than a toy began last year with SPRK, an educational program that let kids build up their coding skills. Fast forward to today and the company, formerly known as Orbotix, is introducing a new edition of its robot to keep growing that initiative. This model offers …

Robotics

Your kids can learn how to program robots with Blockly

Kids love robots, but some of the available kits can be a bit too complex for the younger generation. That’s where Blockly comes in, designed to go …

Vortex Is A Toy Robot That Teaches Kids How To Code

DFRobot, a company that has been building robots for the education market since 2008, this week introduced its first attempt at making a robot accessible to all children, with the debut of Vortex – an interactive, programmable robot aimed at kids 6 and up. The Vortex robot pairs with iOS and …

Anki Overdrive blends robotic racing with video game hooks

Back in February, Anki gave us a sneak peek at Anki Overdrive, the second generation version of its robotic race cars. It's introducing new toy vehicles, new gameplay mechanics, a new app and new modular race tracks that let players design their own custom race circuits. Today, Anki has announced …

San Francisco

Disney Infinity might make its way to Microsoft's HoloLens

It's only natural for an entertainment corporation as massive as The Walt Disney Company, with IP holdings that span the likes of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, to be exploring the potential of virtual reality. It's something John Vignocchi, VP of production at Disney Interactive, the division behind …

Augmented Reality

Lego Minifigures Online lets you battle across classic Lego worlds with your friends

If you consider yourself a big Lego fan, you might want to check out the latest Lego game to grace Mac and iOS. Lego Minifigures Online is a online …

Lego

Angry Birds maker Rovio signs toy deal with Lego

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland’s Rovio said on Monday it had signed a deal with Danish toymaker Lego to launch a line of Angry Birds building blocks as a bid to revive its ailing licensing business based on the popular mobile game.<p>Angry Birds products are displayed during a news conference in Hong …

Here’s A Close Look At Disney Infinity 3.0’s Star Wars Rise Against The Empire Play Set

Disney knows a it has a good thing going with its Infinity line of interactive toys, which is way it wasted little time integrating Star Wars into the franchise. The new Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition arrives later this year, and now we’re getting a closer look at the Star Wars Rise Against The Empire …

Walt Disney Company

Disney Playmation Combines Wearables, Connected Toys And Marvel’s Avengers

Disney is expanding its foray into the connected toys (or toys-to-life) category with a new offering called Playmation, which combines figurines and wearable devices from popular franchises including Star Wars and the Avengers with each other to create interactive adventures for kids to explore, …

Inspired By Bauhaus Design, ShapeKit Lets Kids Create Gorgeous Animations

Being a child is awesome because every little thing is an adventure. Rolling over, sitting up, eating solids, making letters, telling time–life is one milestone after another. As a jaded adult, it’s hard for me to remember the overwhelming wonders of growing up. ShapeKit, however, recaptures a …

Five Best 3D Printing Services

Getting something 3D printed is easier now than it’s ever been, and there are plenty of reasons why you might want to. From just making something …

Printing

Electroloom Is A 3D Fabric Printer In The Making

This embed is invalid<p>3D printing is pushing into all sorts of areas, allowing for rapid prototyping of plastic and metal components, circuit boards and even putting putting an alternative spin on food production — or offering a lower cost way to construct living tissue structures for drug testing. …

Learn To Code Startup Kano Gets $15M To Build A Creative Computing Brand

London-based startup Kano, which makes a software platform and DIY computer kit built atop the Raspberry Pi to encourage kids to learn coding, has a new building block of its own to announce today: $15 million in Series A funding, led by Jim Breyer of Silicon Valley VC firm Breyer Capital. Other …

Inside the office of London design company MOO, which prints some of the coolest business cards around

In 2012, for example, MOO acquired online profile site Flavors.me. The company has also launched a range of Near Field Communication business cards, which are embedded with a microchip. When the cards are touched to a smartphone, it can download contact information and other details.<p>Here are some …

Lego Dimensions Video Game Brings Lego Toys To Life

Lego has a new game in the works with Warner Bros. Interactive, which brings the building blocks into the toys-to-life category to compete with the likes of Skylanders. The new Lego Dimensions game is set for a September 27 release date, and will incorporate a number of popular and familiar …

BBC is giving away 1 million mini computers so kids can learn to code

LONDON — The BBC wants coding to become as fundamental as writing, and is taking some very practical steps to ensure that happens.<p>The broadcaster …

Disney’s New 3D Printer Prototype Makes Huggable Things Out Of Fabric Instead Of Hard Plastic

We’ve seen lots and lots of 3D printers over the last few years, and they almost all have one thing in common: the objects they print are hard* and mostly rigid.<p><i>(* well, except for this printer that prints edible objects out of mulched bananas…)</i><p>What if you wanted to print something soft instead? …

Codie Joins The Ranks Of Toys Aiming To Help Kids Learn Coding

Say hello to yet another cute toy with a mission to lift dollars out of parents’ wallets get kids coding and grasping the basics of logical thinking. Codie is a programmable robot that’s controlled via an app, using a visual programming language simplified into draggable blocks to make it easy for …

Bringing Modular, LEGO-thinking to the Internet of Things

<i>This a guest post from Anmol Agrawal, an India-based UX/UI & Interaction Designer, and Full Stack Developer with Rails. Over the week, we’ll be</i> …

Adobe Character Animator Lets You Make Cartoons Speak With Face Tracking

Facial recognition is one of the earliest skills that baby humans learn. Considering how important paying attention to faces is to our survival it is no surprise that computer vision researchers have put a lot of effort into this field of research. The applications of static facial recognition have …

San Francisco

Autodesk's new app lets kids design their own toys

3D printers can build anything from prosthetics and musical instruments to Hershey chocolates. But, even as the technology continues to make strides with materials (metal, concrete, etc.) and takes on full-fledged architectural projects, it seems to move further away from the reach of children. …

Autodesk

Carbon3D printer is super speedy thanks to light and oxygen

3D printing startup Carbon3D has demonstrated a new approach to fabricating commercial-quality objects from resin using oxygen and light.<p>On stage at …

Hackaball: A Toy for 21st Century Launched on Kickstarter

Creators Made by Many give us an insight on an epic 2-year design process<p>We've had an eye on the "Hackaball" project by London based agency Made by …