Last year was the year of the iPhone toy. This year, the so-called "appcessories" (puke) were everywhere, just everywhere. Which is pretty much why we decided -- with one remarkable robotic exception -- to ignore them.
Toymakers need to stretch their creative muscles and really think outside the box. And that is where the fun can begin.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.