These toys are so lifelike they’re almost real

An exciting venture launched at this year’s TechCrunch50 in San Francisco was toybots.com by SGN, which  demonstrated how the internet and wireless technology can make a toy animal come alive. Imagine a traveling parent or a grandparent in a city far away being able to interact with a youngster through one of his or her favorite toys. That’s basically the concept of Toybots.

TechCrunch50 — whose goal is to find the best Internet start-ups and launch them in front of the industry’s most influential venture capitalists, companies and press — has an impressive track record. Mint.com, which was a two-person company when it won the grand prize at TechCrunch50 just two years ago, was bought this week by powerhouse personal finance company Intuit (Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax, etc.) for $170 million. Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal suggested that the innovative financial start-up had Intuit quaking in its boots.

The Toybots prototype came under some criticism at this week’s TechCrunch50, and RedBeacon.com ended up winning this year’s grand prize. But it you’ve ever watched Shark Tank on television, you know the brutal nature of entrepreneurial evaluation. And the Toybots technology is certainly worth watching. SGN is betting that the platform will disrupt the gaming, entertainment and toy industries for years to come. Don’t be surprised to see this innovative toy flying off retail shelves in the very near future.

In the meantime, the CEO of the Toybots made a visit to TechCrunch after the conference to show its “improved prototype” (video below). It’s all in good fun, but there’s no better place than Iwanna to find the real things — whether they’re toys or puppies.

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