By today’s standards the original Teddy Ruxpin, essentially a stuffed toy bear wrapped around a cassette player, borders on archaic, but in 1985 few toys incorporated any kind of technology, and the bear felt as futuristic to a seven-year-old version of me as the original iPhone did a decade ago. It was one of the…
When it first came out, Teddy Ruxpin was an expensive toy. And yet, kids lucky enough to have one but curious how he worked wouldn’t dare incur the wrath of their parents by tearing Teddy open. The folks at YouTube’s What’s Inside?, however, happily sliced the toy open to see what makes Ruxpin tick.
If you were a child of the ‘80s, Teddy Ruxpin probably blew your mind the first time you saw him chatting away. He was one of the earliest animatronic plush characters you could actually own (without robbing a Chuck E. Cheese’s) and quickly became one of the best-selling toys of all time. Now he’s back, with upgraded…
Like some sort of hellish oracle that evokes Minority Report by way of Hasbro, the art installation T,E.D. (Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction) corrals the inchoate hive mind of the internet and uses eighty yammering ursine dolls as a mouthpiece.
In the late 1970's, the toy industry embraced technology as never before and contributed to the children of the 70's and 80's becoming a tech-savvy, science- (and science-fiction-) loving populace. Do you remember your first microchip?
The 2-XL was an interactive educational robot (by interactive, we mean it had four buttons: question, yes/true, no/false, and "more info) from the late '70s that used different 8-track tapes for its different functions. Basically, it was just a talking 8-track deck, and the four buttons just selected different tracks.