A robotic cat from Sega has sensors embedded around its body to respond to touch and light so it can react when an owner pets it. It will even roll over for a tummy-rub if its enjoying the attention. It will cost ¥10,500 when it goes on sale on July 30.
And for those that need motivation to take a walk is Bandai's Yuu-no-kei.
The gadget combines a pedometer with a digital story that develops as you take steps. The more you walk, the more you see of the story. It's targeted at 30-something males who don't get enough exercise and goes on sale on Saturday for ¥4,725.
None of the toys had launch dates for other markets. Japan's toy market shrank by about 1 percent last year but high-tech toys suffered a decline of around 5 percent, according to industry figures. Toy makers are hoping that among the gadgets and gizmos on show this week are several hit products. (NetworkWorld)