toyfair2008

Control high powered telescopes from your own computer

Control high powered telescopes from your own computer

@The NYC Toy fair 2008 one of my favorite companies was attending, Blue Storm productions – makers of “Slooh” – it’s not a product exactly, it’s time you can rent on high powered telescopes. You buy a card with a number of minutes, use your computer and remotely control observatory sites in Europe, South America […]

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Schoenhut – toy piano maker for over 135 years

Schoenhut – toy piano maker for over 135 years

Not a kit or a toy but worth noting – Schoenhut has been making toy pianos for over 135 years – here’s an amazing harp (for kids) they make too. I think these folks are the best and only makers in their space – gorgeous looking (and sounding) stuff. More: Schoenhut – Link. More photos […]

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Radio controlled art

Radio controlled art

@The NYC Toy fair 2008 some toys seem almost obvious, RC Art makes a radio controlled “color bug” that holds one marker and to draw you drive it around. I remember doing DIY versions of these when I was a kid (and later with a Roomba) – so I guess it’s time for this to […]

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Laser cut puzzles

Laser cut puzzles

@The NYC Toy fair 2008 I was looking for some cool puzzles and Family Games America had some pretty nice ones – a few are “lock” puzzles where you need to figure out the puzzle and then you can get your bottle of wine, but others are nice laser cut puzzles that also gave me […]

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Solve puzzles before you can open a DVD, CD, book, money…

Solve puzzles before you can open a DVD, CD, book, money…

@The NYC Toy fair 2008 I saw this ironic puzzle game, it’s meant to give kids/adults a puzzle challenge (roll ball unlocks the box) before they can open a DVD, CD, book, money – getting packaging open is usually a challenge already – but I thought it was funny how modern media companies like to […]

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Marble transportation systems made from wood

Marble transportation systems made from wood

@The NYC Toy fair 2008 some of the “toys” are meant for younger maker kids but they have an obvious home with just about anyone – HaPe makes all sorts of bead-on-wire sets as well a many well-crafted wood learning toys, but the ones I liked the most was their Quadrilla line. They are wood […]

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Computerized engravers for metal, glass and more…

Computerized engravers for metal, glass and more…

@The NYC Toy fair 2008 there weren’t that many customizing companies but I did meet the folks from U-MARQ – they make a $7,000k-ish computerized engraver – with these you can engrave: small items such as jewelry, rings, charms, and pens as well as large items; wine bottles, plaques, trophy’s, tankards, etc… on gold, silver, […]

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