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FASTRONAUTS: Action Figures Powered By Play

Posted By Mike Chino On February 17, 2009 @ 1:07 am In baby gadgets,eco play,education,electronics,green kids,green toys | 5 Comments

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One of fifty inspired entries in this year’s Greener Gadgets Design Competition [3], Fastronauts [4] was one of our favorite entries. Fastronauts [4] are a dynamic trio of power-packing superheroes that aim to make renewable energy [5] accessible to eager young minds [6]. Each eco-friendly action figure is powered by play: the more you charge your little fastronaut (through motion), the more it will talk, light up, and zoom around in its little vehicle. Each fastronaut uses a dynamo to generate energy for lights, sounds, a bicycle speedometer and more. These versatile action figures are a great way to introduce kids to energy conservation while encouraging them get outside and play.

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Kids are a boundless source of energy, and we’re big fans of toys that put that energy to good use. Designed for 5-year olds but scalable to a wide range of ages, Fastronauts [4] encourage kids to exercise and make them feel empowered as they charge up their toys.

Each action figure is powered by a rechargeable battery and a dynamo that is housed within one of two vehicles. The moon cruiser generates energy by rolling along the ground, while the rocket attaches to a bicycle [11] and powers up as the wheels spin. Tri-color LEDs show how much energy has been generated, and each toy has a button that makes the Fastronaut talk, providing instant feedback. A carefully considered assembly and recyclable casing rounds out the package, enabling Fastronauts [4] to be recycled into future toys. These fun eco-champions are sure to inspire the undertaking of great adventures.

If you’re a fan of the Fastronauts [4], be sure to vote for them in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition [3]! We’ll be using your votes to select ten finalists for an exciting round of live judging and the chance to win $5,000 in prizes at this year’s Greener Gadgets Conference [12].

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+ Greener Gadgets Design Competition [3]


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[4] Fastronauts: http://www.core77.com/greenergadgets/ientry.php?projectid=25

[5] renewable energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/energy/

[6] eager young minds: http://www.inhabitots.com/2009/02/11/power-hog-piggy-power-monitor-teaches-conservation/

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[11] bicycle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/16/bike-powered-cellphone-charger-by-oscar-lhermitte/

[12] Greener Gadgets Conference: http://www.core77.com/greenergadgets/ientry.php?projectid=67

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