Check this out:
Looks like a pimped-out version of the Voigt-Kampf Replicant sniffer from Blade Runner. But it is nothing so sinister; in fact, it's really cool.
This is Jakk's EyeClops Bionic Eye, a kid's toy that definitely has practical applications. Essentially this thing is a video microscope, allowing for items to be viewed at 200-times normal size on any television screen.
Billy makes sure Dad didn't give him a counterfeit coin.
A handheld device, the EyeClops Bionic Eye runs on five AA batteries. Three built-in LED lights provide illumination of the item being examined. Accessories include an observation dish for studying liquids.
Though this is a toy, practical applications are readily apparent. Just take little Billy's coin (pictured above). I've seen professional versions of this same device used at coin shows to determine a coin's grade and authenticity.
And check out this bee:
Pretty cool, eh?
Or you can do creepy things with it like this guy:
Look, Ma! No cancer!
After EyeClops won several awards, Jakks Pacific decided to expand on the line.
Ever get the feeling you're being watched?
The EyeClops Multi-Zoom essentially does the same thing as the original-but offers varying degrees of magnification (100x, 200x, and 400x).
Then there's the EyeClops BioniCam:
This device truly makes the EyeClops a portable microscope thanks to a connected LCD screen. Sporting the same magnification options as the Multi-Zoom, the BioniCam also offers recording capability on a built-in flash drive. These recordings can then be watched on any standard television or PC thanks to a removable USB key.
I'm gonna veer away from the microscopes to show you a really cool accessory:
This thing sucks.
As odd as it looks, the EyeClops Bug Vacuum does exactly what it sounds like it would do: sucks up bugs. It then can be attached to the EyeClops "eye" to allow viewing of whatever has been sucked into the containment area.
I think this is just plain cool and wish I had one as a kid. It's much more civilized when compared to crushing ants between glass on a slide.
And lastly, we have another viewing device from Jakks Pacific that... well, that I really want.
EyeClops Night Vision Infrared Stealth Goggles
Yepper. Night-vision goggles. For kids. And not expensive. And apparently, like all of the items above, they actually work! You get up to fifty feet of clear vision-even in a pitch-black environment.
I'm not sure how safe I feel about kids having something like this. It would make rolling houses (you know-massive amounts of toilet paper strewn all over someone's trees, bushes, cars, etc.) really easy. And let's not get me started on the whole Peeping Tom issue.
Still-pretty neat. And admit it: you want all of this stuff. I know I do. And the prices are so insanely affordable, with prices ranging from around $13 to $65, depending on what you're looking for.
Toys like this get me all excited. They have what I call "The Willy Wonka" factor. This means that kids will find them to be cool toys, but not have any idea that they operate on a completely different level for adults. They all have practical applications and... heaven forbid... they're educational. Wowzers!
You can purchase any of these items at Amazon.