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October 21, 2021

Lego 3MP digital camera.

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Retro toys goes techno

For secret agents Think of the mischief you could have gotten into if you had this as a kid. The SPYKEE is not just a MECCANO ERECTOR set, it’s a build-your-own-robot kit. Kids can construct one of three different robots from the same kit, and it’s even compatible with classic metal Erector sets. And this is some robot: it has a built-in video camera, mic and speakers. If it detects motion, it activates an alarm or sends a picture by email. Compatible with Skype 3.0, it can also be used as a VoIP phone and Web cam. And because of its Wi-Fi card, it can be accessed and controlled via Internet — even when you’re not home. If it begins to lose steam, it automatically heads back to the charging station on its own. Perfect for terrorizing the cat or dog or keeping your sister out of your room. $348.

For geniuses The iconic ’80s game gets a trendy update with RUBIK’S TOUCHCUBE which now lights up and has iPod-style sliding rows. When you stop playing, the internal memory will save what you’ve solved so far, and, if you’re stuck, will show you the next logical move. It comes with a charging station, where it will automatically solve itself (if you’ve given up). However, all these bells and whistles really aren’t for geeks: this cube is for average users, not speed solvers. The rows will only slide on the side which is facing up, which can be awkward; and it can also be too sensitive and slide when it shouldn’t. And the ultimate bummer: you can’t throw it across the room, when you’re frustrated. US$150. The classic can still be had for just $10.

For blockheads LEGO seems to have caught onto the retro appeal of its bricks after edgy designers started making iPod docks that looked like the colourful little blocks. Now the company has teamed with Digital Blue to create a line of techy toys for tots. Their 3MP DIGITAL CAMERA looks like it’s built completely from bricks (but obviously can’t be taken apart). You can, however, add bricks to the top and the bottom. It’s got a 1.5-inch LCD screen and a built-in flash, and can hold up to 80 pix. On the downside, it has fixed focus and no optical zoom. Already out are an MP3 player, a walkie-talkie, as well as a boombox and a radio-alarm clock which look like giant blocks. Camera $70.

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