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“In the movies they were taught the good guys always win….”

On Thursday 19th July 2012 AppGear released the long awaited augmented reality game; Elite CommandAR.

What is augmented reality? I hear some of you say….  Augmented reality aims to duplicate the environment around you in a computer (or in our case an iPhone, iPad, iTouch, or Android Device). It combines the real scene (as viewed by the user) and a virtual scene generated by a computer.

“Those who survived crawled out of the rubble that was once a house, a city, a country… “

Elite CommandAR turns your world into a digital battlefield.

Playing Elite CommandAR will immerse your physical self into a virtual mission.  You will be using the AR markers included with the game to take out and defeat the alien invaders who are sneaking through the portal from their world into yours. You will need to use your intelligence, wit and cunning to fight for the survival of the planet…. Your family, your friends, everyone you know…

“Using scavenged alien technology, we built a cybernetically enhanced suit to put one fighter on equal footing with the Vorosins.

And that marine is…you”.

Elite Commandar

Do you think you can complete the mission? Save the planet?

Get Elite CommandAR here and let us know what you think!  http://store.wowwee.com/appgear/appgear-elite-commandar.html

 

We wish all of our fans a very Happy Valentine’s Day. Our supremely talented graphic-design team has created these special cards for your favorite WowWee brands.

The Lite Sprites have their heart in the right place.

AppGear's favorite teen zombie wants to give her heart to you.

Foam Fighters think you're just plane awesome.

Even robots need love.

Robosapien is a fusion of technology and personality. Boasting a variety of functions, it has been heralded as one of the most popular biomorphic toy robots in the world.

With a full range of dynamic motion, interactive sensors and a unique personality, Robosapien is more than a mechanical companion — he’s a multi-functional, thinking, feeling robot with attitude!

If you’re not familiar with this popular fellow, you can read more about it here.

Along with its popularity came a variety of new colors and interesting skins.

Here are our Top 3!

1. Homersapien

There’s no denying the popularity and donut-loving brilliance of Homer Simpson. Homersapien’s launch coincided with the launch of The Simpsons Movie in 2007.

 

2. Spidersapien

What’s better than a web-slinging action hero? How about a biomorphic one!

3. Graffitisapien

Created by one of our talented designers (Benny Dongarra), this one-of-a-kind gem’s lovely home is the WowWee office showroom in Montreal, Canada!


Which is your favorite Robosapien?

Happy Monday friends!

Today, we thought we’d throw it back old school and dig up one of our awesome legacy toys – Roboquad!

Roboquad burst on to the scene in 2007 and is an inquisitive animated robot with unique multi-directional movement capabilities and advanced sensory awareness. Featuring multi-colored flashing lights and techno sound effects, Roboquad is the first true robotic arthropod.

With cool sensory features such as Flinch Response (if an object approaches his scanner very quickly he will react, according to his aggression level) and a Sound Sensor (reacts to sounds and scans for nearest object when disturbed), Roboquad is an incredibly interactive robot.

Check out this 2007 video from CES with Roboquad’s inventor Mark Tilden!

WowWee is an innovative and energetic place to work, with new ideas and products zipping by our product developers almost daily!

There is a noticeable air of enthusiasm in the office, that comes directly from one of its founders – Richard Yanofsky.

We snagged him for a quick interview for his views on toys and the history that brought WowWee to where it is today.

Q: What is your favorite WowWee product?

RY: I would have to say Robosapien. [It was our first big hit and I remain loyal to it today.]

Q: Which item or items from recent product lines do you feel are the coolest?

RY: [I think all our toys this year are amazing, but I especially] love Lite Sprites. I think there is a lot of play, empowerment and it’s very immersive for a little girl.

Q: When WowWee was started in 1988, did you envision/imagine the company veering in this direction?

RY: Yes I always felt that we were out-of-the-box thinkers and although we always gravitated to the gadget/cool/toy space we were consistently focused on being original.

Q: Where do you feel the future of WowWee is heading?

RY: [I feel like we're going] towards establishing more of a direct relationship with the consumer, which inevitably will have an impact on the type of product we develop. I additionally see us delving into areas that take advantage of technology in practical applications.

Q: Do you consider WowWee to be ‘just a toy company’?

RY: I think that WowWee has historically developed product with a “toyetic” approach, however, the toy industry as we once knew is completely different. The extreme pressure that technology, more specifically the electronic gaming experience supplied by both the platforms of console and mobile have forever changed the way consumers interact with product. This compression finds most toy manufacturers looking to develop product for a younger age group at cheaper prices. Consequently, I don’t feel that the resources that this company has are best served catering exclusively to the toy industry.

Q: Where does WowWee get its innovative toy ideas?

RY: Over the years we have created a vast network of resellers, inventors, buyers, engineers, joint ventures, vendors, licensors/licensees, etc…in several countries throughout the world. To me this is one of the company’s biggest assets, something that we are always looking to take advantage of. I also think that the pulse of the company is centered around innovation and we are always looking to take different approaches from disparate industries in an effort to cobble together product. We are more than ever, sensitive to making products that deliver a clear, concise payoff to a user.

We had an absolutely amazing time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, where apps and games really took the show by storm.

If you had a chance to visit us at the Wall of Apps, ShowStoppers or the Mobile Apps Showdown (we were a finalist!), then we hope you enjoyed the fun line of amplified reality games that we’re launching this Spring.

If you weren’t able to make it out, check out the following review and coverage direct from the event floor.

Wired: Video – Use Your Imagination, iDevice and AppGear for Augmented-Reality Gaming

LAS VEGAS — Kids have it so good these days. Sure, they can use their “imaginations” to play games, but now traditional fantasy play can be augmented by mobile devices for even more textured experiences…

PCMAG: WowWee AppGear Connects Game Apps with Toys

LAS VEGAS — There are tech toys and there are game apps, and back in the day never the twain should meet. Now WowWee hopes to change that with its launch at CES 2012 of AppGear, a collection of toys and free downloadable apps that are meant to work with your iOS or Android device to change up the gaming grid as we know it…

Mashable: Wowee AppGear App Includes Toy Fighter Plane That Amplifies Reality [VIDEO]

LAS VEGAS — WowWee rolled out AppGear, a line of iOS games that work with toy accessories. The one that caught our eye at CES 2012 was this cute little toy airplane that is part of a flight simulator game…

Consumer Reports: CES 2012 Video: WowWee AppGear

At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, WowWee, which makes both robotics and digital toys, announced that it is launching a line of six toys called AppGear that combines virtual and real-world play…

CNET: Video

New York Times: WowWee Creates Games That Blend the Physical and Virtual Worlds

LAS VEGAS — At the International Consumer Electronics Show WowWee unveiled a previously announced line of toys it calls “Appcessories,” which are game pieces, collectable figures and toys that control games on Android or Apple devices…

When tasked with designing a robotic, mischievous dog, our designers came up with some pretty wacky illustrations.

After some discussions about which direction to take with the design, a general consensus was reached.

Wrex the Dawg™ would be WowWee’s take on a junkyard, “crosswired”, loveable pooch.

With hilarious “jackpot” eyes, a variety of expressive moods and a number of funky tricks, Wrex The Dawg began to take shape.

Below is an earlier design of Wrex, including his slot-machine eyes.

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2012. We’ve got some amazing things lined up for this year and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Be on the lookout for us at CES In Las Vegas in the coming days for some big announcements!

Happy New Year!

One of our super-talented toy designers (Benny) gave us the inside-scoop on some of his sketch books dating back several years.

What we found inside these gems was a mix of product concepts, toy design ideas, character sketches and loads of fun drawings. Let’s just say that we ended up taking a good afternoon flipping through them in awe.

It’s time like this I wish I could draw more than a stick-figure and accompanying smiley face.  :D->-<

Anyways, enough about my lack of design talent, take a look below at Benny and the team’s inspiration for Roboraptor™.

From the man himself:

“Our inspiration was based on the ‘cool factor’ of a T-REX and Velociraptor and the robotic enhancements that could make it that much more intimidating. So, we took a predatory dinosaur shape and infused it with a robotic metal skeleton. Ultimately, we wanted to create a bionic dinosaur (think the Terminator of dinosaurs), by adding elements of technology while maintaining the fierce nature of this prehistoric beast.”

WowWee Toy Shop

The WowWee Toy Shop is now open – just in time for your holiday toy shopping! Find this year’s hottest WowWee brands – Lite Sprites, Light Strike and Paper Jamz Pro – at this convenient online store. Shipping on orders over $70 is free (within the U.S.) and each order comes with special Woozworld rewards for the kids.

If web shopping isn’t your thing, these brands are also available at nearly all major retailers. Browse WowWee.com to find the product you’re looking for and then click the “Find Retailers” button to map out the store locations nearest you.

And if you’re looking for a great gift for mom, dad or your resident college grad, swing by WowWee Tech Shop for a Cinemin multimedia pico projector.