The International Tokyo Toy Show is often a good place to spot new gadgets and this year was no exception. On: Tech takes a look at a couple of toys showcased at the trade show this month, and some ideas of how technology can help educate children.
Takara Tomy has transformed one of Japan’s most famous characters into a tiny pet robot. HelloPika is a pocket-sized toy that responds to speech with various actions that include nodding, shaking its head, lighting up at the cheeks and replying “pika-pika,” “pika-chu,” “pika-pi” and other “pika” words. Don’t expect to understand it — it won’t speak English or Japanese. But it will turn toward you when spoken to and has a “pika” answer for everything. It also laughs when tickled, snores when sleeping and can be clipped to pockets for those who don’t want to part with it.