The Underground World of Tamagotchi Collectors

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“What makes the Tamagotchi unique is that if you don’t take care of your pet, they die,” Akihiro Yokoi, who helped create the device, told a Santa Cruz city guide in 2010. “When I am raising my own pet, I often think they are adorable, but that only counts for 20 percent of time; for the rest of the time, I do feel troublesome looking after them. However, the time you spent, the effort you put into your pet turn(s) into love, which is the most important part in the process. I realized this is a ‘must have’ element in a virtual pet game. Death was never a good thing to put into the spec back in the old days, but by adding this into the gameplay, Tamagotchi is one step closer to reality.”

As the rest of the world moved on, though, online communities clung tightly to the brand. They were invigorated in 2004, when the company announced a new product line called Tamagotchi Connections. These devices looked similar to their predecessors, but came equipped with infrared communication functions that allowed the pets to befriend one another, give gifts, and mate. That same year, the founder of TamaTalk — who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of online harassment — read about the release in a magazine. They were learning HTML and saw an opportunity to build a community.

Kids Don’t Always Love Technology

Kids Don’t Always Love Technology

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Kids don’t always want the latest gadget or app, nor do they love technology unreservedly. Just like adults, kids love the new possibilities—the things they can do now that were difficult or impossible before. They love the ways they can learn, collaborate, create and share with technology. On the other hand, they find technology to be frustrating and difficult at times—just like adults do. Here are some of my observations from my field work about the difficulties that kids have with technology.

Nixie is a wearable, autonomous drone that takes selfies

selfie Nixie is a wearable, autonomous drone that takes selfies

Following up on yesterday’s Selfie Stick post, here’s an excerpt from this article:

A selfie drone on your wrist sounds too good to be true, but Nixie has pulled it off. It’s a tiny bracelet you wear and can take off at any point, throw into the air and it takes a selfie automatically for you…

You can’t actually buy one yet; the company is working on making the technology better before it puts them on sale.

Holiday Gift of the Year? Selfie Sticks

A selfie stick sold on Amazon.

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On Dec. 25, the hashtag #selfiestick dominated Twitter, as gift-receivers posted pictures of themselves with the gadgets, which typically sell for $10 to $30.The holiday craze adds to evidence that selfies — photos taken of oneself and shared on social-media sites like Facebook’s Instagram — have gone mainstream, even with a lingering stigma that the practice is best left to reality TV stars like Kim Kardashian. In April, President Barack Obama endorsed selfies by snapping one of himself and Vice President Joe Biden in the back of a limo while traveling in Pennsylvania.