EyeClops BioniCamFall 2008 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Jakks Pacific, Inc.
Review:When a youngster shows signs of interest in science, a parent or grandparent is almost sure to show up with a microscope at the next gift occasion. Too often, these well-intentioned and expensive pieces of lab equipment gather dust, due to their intimidating looks, delicate controls, and array of small, easily lost accessories. The EyeClops Bionicam offers a redesigned microscope (think "eyeball on a stick") combined with digital photography for still and video images. Bionicam in hand, young scientists can peer at the world at magnification of 100x, 200x, or 400x. See Lincoln sitting in his monument on the penny! Watch yourself sweat! Make a movie starring an ant! The images can be reviewed on the camera or transferred via USB drive to your PC for even closer viewing. This is a well-conceived device that combines the natural curiosity of children with high-tech entertainment, but there a few drawbacks. Our Bionicam often informed us that its batteries were low, immediately after we had installed new ones. Younger users with unsteady hands found the camera frustrating to use at times; at these high magnifications, it is easy to miss the target for your shot if your hands are wobbly. Once we mastered the learning curves of battery life, hand positions, and that images read best in good light, the choruses of "oohs" and "aahs" resumed.
Ann Hillers ©2008 Parents' Choice
Ann Hillers, a creative writing graduate of Duke University, is a mother of three boys and a former international tour director. Her work led her all around the globe and she's imparted her kids with the same wanderlust. They have traveled together to 20 countries including South Africa, Botswana, Nicaragua, Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia, where they all became certified scuba divers. After living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for six years the family now resides in California.
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