This past week from Sunday February 17th until Wednesday February 20th, the Toy Industry Association was holding its annual Toy Fair. This is the place where every kid and wanna-be kid would love to be. Today’s MyFive includes a few pretty nifty toys that were on display there. Be sure to click the image to enlarge it, and follow the link to the Make Blog if you want more details.

  1. High Powered Telescope Access from your computer (link)
    While not exactly a toy, Blue Storm Productions is selling cards with a given number of minutes on them so that you can access a telescope from your computer and remotely control observatory sites.
    high powered telescope
  2. Thirty-Sided Dice (link)
    Can you think of any uses for a thirty-sided dice? The company that makes the dice is called Koplow and they have over 1,200 different types of dice.
    thirty sided dice
  3. Matchitecture – models made from matchsticks (link)
    This model kit isn’t typical because you’re using little wood match-like sticks to create models.
  4. Vex mini Robots and Vex Wi-Fi Robots (link)
    About the mini robot: “The VEX RCR Mini, like the Vex Robotics Design System, is an open-ended robotics platform that includes all the parts and accessories inventors need to design and construct a radio-controlled robot.”

    About the Vex Wi-Fi Robot: “In addition to the VEX Mini, Innovation First extends its leadership in robot control systems with the introduction of a first-of-its kind, revolutionary new control system built on the Wi-Fi 802.11 standard. The patent for the new Control System is pending and the technology will offer a secure, affordable option for education and competition robotics users. The Wi-Fi controller will let users program their VEX robot wirelessly through any computer, including OLPC, running Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems”

    vex robot

  5. Marble Transportation System Made from Wood (link)
    This all wood marble transportation system uses gravity to move a marble all throughout the sculpture. Looks like fun, doesn’t it?
    marble transportation