Monthly Archives: April 2009

GENSHI:TOY News & T-Shirts!

Finally! After many delays and obstacles, it looks like I am finally getting my next toy, Kricky The Alien Frog, into production. I’m in touch with my manufacturer, he’s working on my final quote, and once it’s approved the tooling and production process begins!

In anticipation of the impending production (and release) of my long awaited second toy, I have redesigned, or, rebranded if you will, my GENSHI:TOY label and am selling the official GENSHI:TOY t-shirts for a limited time only! They come in Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s and even Infant sizes and all in a variety of colors!



GENSHI:TOY Men’s T-Shirt

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From our toy brand, GENSHI:TOY, this Men’s shirt is available in a variety of colors.


GENSHI:TOY Women’s T-Shirt
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From our toy brand, GENSHI:TOY, this Women’s shirt is available in a variety of colors.



GENSHI:TOY Kid’s T-Shirt
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From our toy brand, GENSHI:TOY, this Kid’s shirt is available in a variety of colors.



GENSHI:TOY Baby’s One Piece
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From our toy brand, GENSHI:TOY, this Baby’s one piece is available in a variety of colors.


Broken Heart Robots Seen In Wired Magazine Article!

I discovered an interesting article today in the U.K edition of Wired Magazine. It talks of how researchers are experimenting with giving robots the ability to “sense” when their human owners are upset and to then avoid their angry owners.

What caught my eye though was that the picture they used for the article was one I took of my Broken Heart Robot toys! (did I mention I am a toy designer?)

Broken Heart Robots in Wired Magazine

Broken Heart Robots in Wired Magazine

I’m very honored that Wired Magazine chose my Broken Heart Robot as the image (inspiration?) for the story.

Coincidentally, since I’ve been experimenting with the Arduino platform and thinking about making an actual, autonomous robot… maybe I should program it to fear me as well!

The article was written by Katie Scott for Wired U.K. (Online editing by Holden Firth.) Article link: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-03/30/robots-taught-to-hide-from-grumpy-humans.aspx


Arduino!

Busy, busy, busy… I had mentioned in one of my other blogs that one of my “pleasures” and curses is that I usually become interested in too many things. For example, I recently went back to school after oh so many years to study Industrial Design, I’ve been working on my photography (but unfortunately neglecting my music) and now, trying to learn iPhone app programming as well as continuing my explorations in the Processing language/environment.

I recently discovered the next extension to Processing; the Arduino micro-controller board! Arduino is an open source hardware platform which can be programmed [to do just about anything] with the Processing IDE. I received my Arduino board today with a few bits of kit (LEDs, resistors, etc.) and I have SO many ideas… but to start with, the basics: I made a simple little LED circuit which is activated with a push button (see photos below.)

I will eventually be making an accelerometer-based, color changing LED desk lamp, possibly an autonomous robot and then, if I can pull it off, a touchscreen musical instrument!