Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show has offered much to get excited about, not least a glimpse at some of the hi-tech toys to be hitting the market in the near future.
Parrot unveiled its latest in app driven toys this week, lifting the blanket off of its new Jumping Sumo – a self launching two wheeled ‘robot insect’ – and its new MiniDrone, a pint sized version of the AR Drone 2.0.
However, Parrot is not the only firm to be intriguing the toy market with high-tech gadgetry as the show witnessed the launch of the electric powered skateboard. One step close to making the world of Back to the Future a reality.
The Yuneec E-Go Cruiser electric skateboard features and electric motor, allowing riders to cruise the pavement with the touch of a button. The board can even manage hills and travel 18 miles on a single charge, reports the Guardian.
Joining the wheeled innovation category, the Onewheel was also revealed. The Onewheel self-balances a wooden board around its rubber tyre, using gyroscopes and accelerometers to produce a smooth ride.
The Onewheel can run for around 20 minutes on one charge and is currently being offered on Kickstarter for a minimum pledge of $1,200.
The Orbiotix Sphero has received an upgrade. The latest reincarnation – the Orbotix Sphero 2.0 is a Bluetooth connected smartphone-contolled rolling ball, and is now faster than before with a new rubber tread for increased grip.
The Sphero’s younger brother, the Orbotix 2b is a two wheeled vehicle, that when controlled by a smartphone can zip across the flop or at up to five metres per second.
The Orbotix 2b is expected to be available by Christmas 2014 for under $100.