Raising the question of whether Dean Kamen actually invented the Segway, or just discovered it at an archaeological dig, Spin Master's newest robo-pet Boomer is a remote control dinosaur that self-balances on a set of wheeled feet, terrorising anyone you tell it to. With sound effects, light-up eyes, a swinging tail and a moving head that occasionally bites, Boomer is designed to be slightly more possessive than a robot dog.
Using its on-board sensors, or the included dinosaur egg-shaped remote, it will stand guard ready to scare off intruders when detected, or simply race around your living room at a surprisingly brisk pace. But those same sensors also help it avoid crashing head first into a wall.
When raised from extinction sometime in the third quarter of 2014, Boomer will sell for around $US100. And while Jurassic Park has made a strong case against bringing dinosaurs back to life, this is easier to subdue than a smart velociraptor since you can simply yank out its AA batteries. [Spin Master]