If your kids are into the Hexbug craze like we are, then this is very exciting news. If you’ve never heard of the little creatures, then listen up! Today at the 2011 New York Toy Fair, the company behind the popular Hexbugs, Innovation First, is unveiling its new product line for 2011, which includes their new glow in the dark bugs.
Hexbug Nano the micro-robotic bug now in a glow-in-the-dark style. Designed to look and behave like real bugs, Hexbugs are actually very cool little robots designed to react to touch and sound. When you set them in motion, they travel forward on their tiny rubber-tipped feet. When they hit an obstacle or hear a loud noise, they back up in a half circle and move forward in a different direction. Hexbug Nano can be registered and tracked online, too!
Real fun with real science. Hexbugs are designed with two touch-sensitive antennae that sense obstacles and direct them to reverse and change direction on their six articulated legs. They re even sound-sensitive! Clap your hand, slap the table or make some other loud noise and your Hexbug will stop and change direction. Use noise to control where it scurries!
Our 6 year old has been collecting these for about a year now and we all just love them. He has, I don’t know how many, Hexbugs – plus a habitat for them to run around in and chase each other.
I’ve had people ask what the big deal is about these for him and really, it’s two things – 1) he loves collecting them and 2) watching their robotic moves as he unleashes them all at once in their habitat. It’s fun to watch them fall over, try to get back up and chase each other around their home. I would definitely say this is in his Top 5 list of favorite toys.