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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
One of fifty inspired entries in this year’s Greener Gadgets Design Competition , Fastronauts  was one of our favorite entries. Fastronauts  are a dynamic trio of power-packing superheroes that aim to make renewable energy  accessible to eager young minds . 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.
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  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  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  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 , be sure to vote for them in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition ! 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 .
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 Greener Gadgets Conference: http://www.core77.com/greenergadgets/ientry.php?projectid=67
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