MiP Robot

Yeah, I am sure your dog or cat is very cute.  Groover may have a great personality as well, but come on, for the most part he just sits there waiting for you to drop your food.  On the other hand, MiP from WowWee toys – now that is a friend with some personality.  MiP is the robot friend that can dance, speak, listen, change moods, battle, play games, roam freely, oh and did we mention that he does all this while balancing on two wheels?  Put Groover on roller skates, make him stand on his hind legs and see how long he lasts!

Meet MiP Your New Robot Friend

We got our first look at MiP at CES 2014.  We saw an impressive demo of MiP balancing, dancing and playing games – but it was just a demo.  We have now had the chance to spend some time with a production model of MiP.  Please watch our full video review of MiP The Self Balancing Robot -

MiP, The Toy For Kids of All Age

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As parents we have all broken into a cold sweat when we take the kids into a store filled with fragile gifts and we see the dreaded sign -

“If You Break It, You Buy It!”

I always found that policy a little strong and didn’t convey the best customer service.  Now, General Mills has taken things to a whole new level with their new slogan…

“If We Break Glass, Put It in The Cheerios, You Buy It, You Can NOT Sue Us!”

Fine, that is not the actual General Mills tags line, let us explain…

Move Over Soup Nazi, Now We Have a Sue Nazi…

Seinfeld fans remember the Soup Nazi, who decided who got soup and “no soup for you!”  Now General Mills is playing the role of Sue Nazi and saying “no sue for you!” to its customers.

Before the General Mills lawyers get all excited about suing us – we admit it, we made up that tag line (but it would be really catchy if put to music).   Of course, if we ran our company like General Mills, they wouldn’t be able to sue us anyway.  Let’s back up and explain what is going on.

General Mills, the makers of such things as Cheerios, Bisquick, Betty Crocker and Yoplait, just updated their privacy policy on their site.  Here is what you see when you visit their site now -

“We’ve updated our Privacy Policy. Please note we also have new Legal Terms which require all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service to be resolved through binding arbitration. For more information on these changes, please click here.”

You can follow the links above, but let me break it down for you – if you interact with General Mills in any way, and something goes wrong, you can NOT sue them.

We Must Have This Wrong, Like General Mills and Give Up The Right To Sue???

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Honeywell Thermostat

Disclosure: I received the Honeywell Thermostat in exchange for posting an honest review.  I received no other compensation.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It was bound to happen.  My smartphone is clearly smarter than me.  My kids, light years smarter than me.  My cat, well he does get me to get up and fed him in the middle of the night, so who is the sucker in that equation?  While it has felt like everything around me was getting smarter, at least I had comfort in knowing that the old boring thermostat on the wall would never be smarter than me.  Right???

Yes, it is true – I am smarter than the old thermostat I had on my wall…but the new Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat (RTH9580WF), yep this is smarter than me as well.   A thermostat with Wi-Fi?  Is this just some gimmick?  I mean, we’re not supposed to check our email on the Thermostat now, right?

What Makes A Thermostat So Smart?

No, the idea is not to check your email on the Wi-Fi Thermostat – the idea is to be able to control the climate in your house from any location and even better, have the thermostat learn how to keep your house in your desired temperature range.  The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat replaces your old Thermostat and promises to save you money by learning the heating and cooling cycles of your house.

Smart and Good Looking?  That Is An Awesome Combination

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Review: Zinc Chozen Scooter, Will You Be The Chosen One?

April 14, 2014

When it comes to doing tricks and performing on a scooter, not everyone is equal.  First and foremost, you need the skills to be able to perform and master the moves.  In addition, if you are going to be the Chosen One, the one who rises to the top, you will also need the right [...]

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Captain America Movie = Captain America Toys!

April 8, 2014

This past weekend the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie opened in the US.   As any parent can tell you, if there is a new super hero movie, you can bet the house that there will also be new super hero toys!  Yep, sure enough, Hasbro has released some new Captain America toys…this [...]

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Hurricane H6 RC Helicopter Review, Yes It Is Hurricane Season Again!

April 4, 2014

The snow is finally melting, the sun is shining, people are slowing coming out of their shelters, the Arctic air is finally moving back to…well the Arctic I suppose.  Yes, we are so excited for it to be prime Hurricane weather!  No, not THAT  type of hurricane, we are talking about the Interactive Toy Concepts [...]

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BlackBerry Z30 Review Update, Who Knew .1 Was So Big?

March 31, 2014

Ivory soap is 99.44% pure.  I love soap as much as the next guy, but if tomorrow they made it 99.54% pure I really doubt I wold notice the difference.  On the other hand, when BlackBerry turns things up a tenth of a notch, you can absolutely tell the difference! A few weeks ago we [...]

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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Tablet, Windows Fans, Your Tablet Has Arrived

March 27, 2014

There are many things that are in short supply in this world.  Astatine (Google it), drinkable water and a good slice of pizza outside NYC immediately come to mind.  What probably does not come to mind are computer tablets.  It seems like everyday a new tablet is released and this is because…well, pretty much every [...]

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Parents, If This Lenovo Video Gets Out, We Are All Doomed!

March 25, 2014

This is bad, really bad.  Moms and Dads, we need to unite and make sure this Lenovo spill test video is never seen by our kids.  After all, our kids trust us, they tend to believe we know what we are talking about.  Sure, when they become teenagers they will look at us as completely [...]

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If We All SMILE, Charities Will Get $375 Million

March 24, 2014

There have been numerous studies on the health benefits of smiling.  The simple act of smiling causes the release of Endorphins in the body.  Endorphins are neurotransmitters that make us feel happy and less stressed.  Fine you are saying, you already knew that.  Well, here is a fun fact on smiling that you may not [...]

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