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Batmobile toy uses augmented reality to show the driver’s view – Engadget

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Justice League Batmobile is controlled via your iOS or Android device, which isn’t unusual among RC vehicles these days. But Mattel have mixed things up by adding a dash cam into the mix. It’s embedded in the cockpit, so you’re not necessarily seeing the car’s perspective — you’re seeing what Batman would see. And, while you could set up a little physical obstacle course and pilot your way through…

Comic and sci-fi fans convene at Comic Fest, the quieter con – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Take away the crazy crowds, the insanely long lines and the Hollywood star power of Comic-Con International and what’s left?  Most likely, you’d get San Diego Comic Fest, a much smaller convention, now in its fifth year, that this weekend takes true fans back in time to an era when the con was just a gathering of people who liked to discuss comics and science fiction. Started in 2012 by Comic-Con co-founder Mike Towry,…

Hologram Barbie: she’s Mattel’s newest toy – fox8.com

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

NEW YORK — This new Barbie will be able to change her own clothes. Toy maker Mattel’s latest invention is a digitally rendered interactive Barbie — called the Hello Barbie Hologram — and it’s hitting stores in late fall this year. The toy will be priced at under $300, the company says. It was unveiled at the Toy Industry Association’s annual fair in New York this weekend, and Mattel said…

A new Star Wars novel will follow the elite soldiers of the Empire – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story followed a group of rebels on a secret mission to steal the Death Star plans, the Empire had its share of elite units as well. Their story will be told in a new novel by Christie Golden, set after the events of Rogue One and A New Hope. Inferno Squad takes place after the destruction of the first Death Star, and follows a…

Friday Box Office: ‘Lego Batman,’ ‘Fifty Shades’ And ‘John Wick 2′ Spank The Newbies – Forbes

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ image courtesy of Universal In holdover news, we have an odd situation where all three underwhelming newbies come from studios with at least one big hit currently in the marketplace with another likely win on the way. The top movie on Friday and presumably over the whole holiday weekend is The LEGO Batman Movie. The Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. release earned $7.55 million (-48%) on its second Friday…

The newest Barbie is a smart doll you can’t touch – Mashable

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Over her nearly 60-year life, Barbie has taken on many forms, but she’s never been a hologram. Now, though, she is having a truly out-of-body experience, showing up in her first holographic figure, Hello Barbie Hologram. Barbie parent company Mattel unveiled the semi-translucent and chatty AI figure, which lives inside a pink plastic box, on Friday at the New York Toy Fair. SEE ALSO: Please let ‘Justice League’ be as…

Privacy concerns threaten sales of hi-tech doll – Christian Science Monitor

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 18, 2017 —Thanks to a built-in microphone and Bluetooth connection, the My Friend Cayla doll can talk with a child – answer questions, tell stories, and be a “real friend.” The 18-inch tall doll won the Gadget of the Year award at the 2014 London Toy Fair.  But German regulators see this doll as a threat to child safety. On Friday, the country’s Federal Network Agency banned the device…

Friday Box Office: ‘Lego Batman,’ ‘Fifty Shades’ And ‘John Wick 2′ Spank The Newbies – Forbes

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ image courtesy of Universal In holdover news, we have an odd situation where all three underwhelming newbies come from studios with at least one big hit currently in the marketplace with another likely win on the way. The top movie on Friday and presumably over the whole holiday weekend is The LEGO Batman Movie. The Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. release earned $7.55 million (-48%) on its second Friday…

Lego’s New Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Can Open Itself Up Like a Skeleton’s Ribcage – Gizmodo

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Image Credit: Gizmodo/Andrew Liszewski Pirates of the Caribbean 5‘s Super Bowl trailer gave us a look at an amazing ghost ship in the film, captained by Jack’s new rival, the undead Captain Salazar. Now, Lego has revealed it’s turning the Salazar’s ghost ship into a humongous new model—one that can open itself up just like the one in the movie, which is totally freaky for a ship. Advertisement Revealed at…

NATO backs ‘firm and fair’ US defense spending demands – CNBC

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Meeting the target will take longer for some countries than others, he admitted, and said he was confident all allies will meet the benchmark within a decade, as promised. The contentious spending debate comes at a crucial time for NATO, as the partnership faces increased threats from conventional sources as well as cyber-terrorism and a “more assertive Russia”, Stoltenberg said. “We are seeing a more assertive Russia. We are seeing…

The newest Barbie is a smart doll you can’t touch – Mashable

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Over her nearly 60-year life, Barbie has taken on many forms, but she’s never been a hologram. Now, though, she is having a truly out-of-body experience, showing up in her first holographic figure, Hello Barbie Hologram. Barbie parent company Mattel unveiled the semi-translucent and chatty AI figure, which lives inside a pink plastic box, on Friday at the New York Toy Fair. SEE ALSO: Please let ‘Justice League’ be as…

We played with the coolest Hasbro and Mattel toys you can’t buy yet – CNET

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Want to see the future of car technology? Brian Cooley found it for you at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The newest Barbie is a smart doll you can’t touch – Mashable

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Over her nearly 60-year life, Barbie has taken on many forms, but she’s never been a hologram. Now, though, she is having a truly out-of-body experience, showing up in her first holographic figure, Hello Barbie Hologram. Barbie parent company Mattel unveiled the semi-translucent and chatty AI figure, which lives inside a pink plastic box, on Friday at the New York Toy Fair. SEE ALSO: Please let ‘Justice League’ be as…

The Bright-Eyed Talking Doll That Just Might Be a Spy – New York Times

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017

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World’s first transgender doll to be unveiled at New York toy fair – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017

The world’s first transgender doll is being unveiled at the New York toy fair this weekend, modelled on the US teenager and LGBTQ campaigner Jazz Jennings. Sixteen-year-old Jennings was propelled to fame as one of the youngest people ever officially documented as transgender. She has signalled her personal approval of the doll, which she thinks sends out a positive message about being transgender. “Ever since I was little, I always…

Barbie Is a Hologram and Now Even Playtime Is Automated – Entrepreneur

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017

Toy Fair starts this weekend, and Barbie is shaking up the doll aisle once again — this time as a hologram. Barbie’s landscape has gotten increasingly techie and not just because Mattel’s new president, announced last month, hails from Google. Barbie’s line simply reflects the trends of the times. Last year’s show launched a smart home version of the Barbie Dreamhouse that let children play hands-free, with voice commands that…

New ‘Star Wars’ book follows ‘Rogue One’ – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017

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So, Barbie’s a Hologram Now. Oh, and She Responds to Your Voice – WIRED

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017

Mattel introduced its first Barbie doll way back in 1959, and she’s found herself at the center of cultural controversy ever since. To her credit, she keeps adapting to the times. Today she is actually several Barbies, a gang of dolls more diverse and less infuriating in terms of body proportions. And she’s enjoyed an enviable career path, with stints as an astronaut, a sk8er, the president and vice president of the United States,…