World famous Justin Bieber teamed up with Tosy, a robotics and toy company, to introduce a new robot called mRobo Ultra Base.

mRobo is classified as an entertainment robot. It has a large round speaker in its belly that allows owners to play their favorite pop, rap and jazz tunes. The robot will pick up the beat and start dancing along.

The video below shows mRobo in action with a little help from Justin:

From the press release:

“Boasting two gigabytes of internal memory, the battery powered mRobo allows users to upload about 500 songs into the device via a USB port and select which tracks to play using a provided remote. The music will play through an integrated speaker, with the ability to produce bass at 40Hz. Once the music begins playing, mRobo, which can listen to its own music, music from other devices, or music streamed via Bluetooth, will instantly transform, growing a head, legs and arms, and will groove through a series of pre-programmed dance moves to virtually any genre of music.”

We don’t know when it is available or the pricing; however, we assume it will be a must have gift for Christmas 2012.

(Credit: Amanda Kooser/CNET)

 

Sony will be launching its Playstation Vita (PSVita for short) in the U.S. in late February. It was already released in Japan in late 2011 for the Christmas holidays. The device combines handheld gaming with online connectivity. It is desinged to be a console in your pocket.

Here are some of the details that will help you make a buying decision:

1. Handheld cost: There are two versions. Wifi only will be $250 and Wifi/3G will be $300. You will also be able to find bundles that offer the console and games together.

2. AT&T: Sony has partnered with AT&T to deliver data. For some this will not be good news. For others having to pay a monthly fee for internet and content access may also disappoint. There are two monthly data plans available. $25 will get you 2gb of per month and $15 will get you 250mb.

3. Number of games: The initial number of games seems limited, but this is sure to change quickly. The Japan release only had 24 titles, so it would seem the US release would be similar. Little Big Planet and WipeOut are sure to be part of the initial package.

4. Netflix: Because this unit has 3G capability, Netflix seems to be a good choice for a partner. Sony wants this handheld to be more than a gaming system.

5. Cross Platform: This system will let gamers place PSVita games on PS3 and PS3 games on the Vita. The handheld is supposed to offer the freedom of being able to play anywhere, anytime.

Buy a PSVita (pre-orders are being accepted)

Take a look at a hands on demo of the handheld that is launching in the US market (video):

Want to win a PSVita and get it before anyone else? Sony has teamed up with Taco Bell to give away PSVitas every 15 minutes. Starting January 26, food-loving gamers can purchase a $5 Bucks Box and receive a game ticket with a code. The owner can determine if his ticket is a winner by logging into the Taco Bell website.

 

 

Tosy Robots is known for making some pretty cool tech toys. It has designed a Robot that will play table tennis and a highflying boomerang called AFO.

Justin Bieber will be in Las Vegas for CES 2012 to help them launch their newest robot. We will let you know more about the robot and why the Bieb is a good spokesperson as soon as we find out.

 

Momandmore.com has two Nintendo DS games to giveaway in the January. The handheld console is a favorite among gamers and continues to be one of Nintendo’s top selling products. Finding games for young players can be a challenge, especially for young girls. These giveaways are great choices for little gamers.

The first is:

Lalaloopsy: Sew Magical! Sew Cute! with Random Mini Doll Lalaloopsy is the doll with the crazy loopy hair that little girls love to hug. She and all her friends come to digital life in the game. They spend their days making fun crafts and giving them as gifts as well as taking care of lovable pets. Go to giveaway

 

 

The second is:

Zhu Zhu Babies

Players much travel around the world to find Razzmataz who is lost. There are lots of thinking and nuturing throughout the game.

Go to giveaway

 

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ClickN KIDS™ is the creator of Looney Tunes ClickN READ® Phonics , an online application that teaches young students how to read with a little help from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Taz and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang.

We had a chance to review the application and wanted to pass on our thoughts:

1. This is a great app for pre-schoolers and young elementary age students who are just beginning to read. It nicely mixes entertainment with education. Lessons start simply and easily and build upon each other. A current lesson will incorporate past information to reinforce learning.

2. Parents and educators have control over lessons. For example, the initial default lesson assumes that the child has some knowledge of reading and letter sounds. For those with children who are in the very beginning stages of reading, parents can adjust where the child starts based on his or her level. Also, the amount of entertainment can be adjusted as well. The cartoon segments can be limited to reduce the amount of time spent per lesson.

3. This is an online application only. Students will need to have web access to use the program. This provides nice flexibility as students can access the program almost anywhere whether at home with a desktop computer or on the run with an iPad or smartphone.

4. Parents can sign up to use the program monthy with a $9.95 charge or save by signing up for a six month or 1-year contract. Each account can take up to 10 users for an extra charge per addition.

The video below gives a basic walkthrough of what a lesson is like:

6. Lessons can be repeated as many times as necessary. A report card at the end of each segment can let students and parents know where efforts need to be focused.

Overall: This is a great program for students who are preparing to enter school and want to build their reading confidence. It also is a great program for homeschoolers who are looking for ways to supplement their curriculum. It also helps children beginning using a keyboard which is critical skill for our technology filled world.

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Disclosure: ClickN KIDS® provided a free account in order to write this review. The opinions expressed are our own.

 

 

 

 

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