A new generation of toys from toy makers like Buckyball and Powerhouse toys are showing their hand in the market.
They’re taking advantage of the fact that most people have been able to access the Internet and access all sorts of other entertainment content, even if they can’t use their hands to play.
“When I was younger, I couldn’t really find entertainment that was meaningful in terms of the way I wanted to interact with it,” says Buckyballs founder and CEO Dan O’Connell.
He says that was because the toys were designed to be as easy to play as possible.
O’Connell and Powerhouses CEO Adam Houser say they’re not worried about the lack of interest in traditional toys, but they’re excited to get the ball rolling on an entirely new generation.
“The market is still pretty fragmented,” Housers says.
“I think there’s a lot of innovation happening in the space right now.
There’s no one company to lead the way.”
Housers and O’CCO are also looking to bring in some of the top players in the toy business, like Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Nintendo.
And they’re hoping to capitalize on the huge popularity of the Amazon Echo, which is set to hit stores this week.
“We really want to bring some of our best minds and brands and expertise and talent to this and really push the envelope and bring a new generation to the market,” Hams says.
O”It’s not that they don’t have the right technology or expertise.
We’re just going to be able to bring that to the table,” says Housier.
“And the more we bring innovation to the toy space, the more they’ll see and enjoy what we’re doing.”
The company is launching its first product in the form of a small battery-powered speaker.
O’CONNOR says the speakers will have an audio quality similar to a car stereo, with the speakers powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
The speakers are small enough to fit into a pocket and are also designed to sound great when the speaker is on or off.
But Buckybongs also has plans for a bigger, more affordable speaker that is aimed at the market for older people, as well as kids.
The company has plans to release the first product later this year, and it’s not clear if that speaker will be aimed at kids, or at older people.OCCO has partnered with a local company called Buckytech to design and build a speaker called the Electro-Voice.
It’s designed to plug into your TV and play music, and also have a microphone to capture voice commands, and can be controlled remotely with the power of your smartphone or tablet.
The company has also partnered with the folks at the makers of the popular Alexa voice-controlled speaker.
The Electro-voice is a $150 speaker with the same specs as the Bucky-tech speaker.
It uses the same technology and features as the speaker, but with an additional microphone and a remote control.
“Electro-Voice is designed to complement the existing speakers in your home and serve as an affordable alternative to expensive speakers for older and disabled consumers,” the company wrote on its website.
The idea behind Electro-Voices is to give the technology more appeal for younger consumers.
“What we want to do is get a little bit more of an impact on older folks who might not have the time or ability to get a home theater system, but want to interact more with the technology,” Homs says.
And Electro-voices speakers will be priced at a fraction of the price of other traditional speakers, and they’ll be available at retailers like Walmart and Best Buy starting this summer.
The two companies are also developing a second speaker that could be more affordable for families.
Housman says Electro-Tech is hoping to start selling a similar speaker to the first one next year.
The new generation Electro-VOices speakers have been in the works for a while, and Housies has been working with other toy makers on their new speaker designs.
He and Hams are currently working on prototypes that look like this.
“You know, you’re not gonna be able get into your house and play with your kids with these things,” Hys says.
Houses says the ElectroVoice speakers will use different materials and will have some form of charging feature, which he says will allow people to recharge them from home.
But the biggest change he’s excited about is the new design for the speaker itself.
“It looks like an e-book,” Howsers says of the ElectroVoices speaker.
“It has a big speaker in it and a little screen on top of it.
It looks like a little e-reader.”
It’s the first time that Housiers has seen his company’s ElectroVoice speaker prototype.
The prototypes are in very early stages, but Housis says