We've seen some strange things during our time at Tech Digest, but this surely ranks up there among some of the maddest toys we've ever seen. Introducing Dance Star Mickey, turning Disney's squeaky-voiced mascot into a robot dance instructor....
Hmm, not so sure about this lot, Sony. I've always quietly coveted your S640 and S740 S-Series Walkmans with their 2-inch LCDs, 720x480 TV-out and quality MDR-EX300SL earbuds with noise cancellation tech. But these Japan-only Mickey and Minnie mouse engraved...
Asus has teamed up with Disney to make netbook for children called the Netpal. The 8.9-inch machine is targeted at youngsters between 6 and 12 years old and is available from the end of July for $350 from Amazon and Toys R Us.
Like all sub-notebooks, the Netpal's powered by an Atom processor but this time the Windows XP OS is child friendly and augmented by Disney themes with Mickey Mouse, Cars, Toy Story and WALL-E all featuring.
The Magic Desktop comes with a Disney browser, Disney e-mail and the widget for the Disney Radio station to stream music straight to the computer. There's Wi-Fi but no 3G which probably is part of supporting the parental controls that also come fitted to make sure that your kids aren't surfing sites they shouldn't while away from home.
You get the option of either a 160GB HDD or a 16GB SSD and it'll weigh a kilo or just over depending on which you opt for. Most importantly though, the Netpal is available in the floral patterned Princess Pink or the Mickey Mouse themed Magic Blue.
It all sounds slightly sickly sinister to me but try telling your children that.
(via USA Today)
You can't keep a good mouse down, especially if he could be a bit more bling. We've written about iRiver's Mickey Mouse MP3 player before, which has been extremely popular in Asia. Now the company is following it up with an even more bling model.
We specialise in photos of fully-formed (usually silver) gadgets here at Tech Digest, so it's nice to occasionally get an earlier insight into a new product. Especially when it's based on one of the biggest brands in the world.