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Iron Man Dance Hero Review : Cute + Loud!

The Iron Man Dance Hero looked so darn cute when we first saw it, we decided to check it out in detail.

Here is our short and sweet review of the cute and loud Iron Man Dance Hero!

 

Iron Man Dance Hero

The Iron Man Dance Hero is a simple toy, with a simple premise – an Asian-looking Tony Stark in a cute Iron Man suit dancing to music.

The truth though is that it is a little more than just a dancing robot. Take a closer look at the Iron Man Dance Hero in our hands-on video!

The Icon Man Dance Hero basically has three key features, officially listed as :

  • Cool music
  • Fabulous dance
  • Cool lighting

It also has a retractable face mask (which reveals an Asian-looking Tony Stark!), as well as posable arms :

It requires three AA batteries. The box says 1.5 V alkaline batteries are recommended, but we had no problem using 1.2 V NiMH rechargeable batteries.

 

Iron Man Dance Hero In Action!

The Iron Man Dance Hero has a simple three-way switch at the back of its head.

  • Left : Lights, music and dancing off
  • Middle : Only lights turned on
  • Right : Lights, music and dancing turned on!

When turned off, it functions like a figurine or toy. Turning on the lights lets it function like a night light.

And of course, it becomes an entertainment device when you turn everything on! But look at how cute it dances!

The lights in the eyes will change, and so does the music. But the lights in its palms and its chest will remain uniformly white.

There is no volume control, which could be a problem because the Iron Man Dance Hero is very loud! But kids seem to love it!

Even if you tire of its dance and music after some time, it is quite useful as a night light, especially with both arms pointing upwards.

 

Iron Man Dance Hero Price + Availability

The Iron Man Dance Hero we tested has a height and width of 19 cm, with a thickness of about 10 cm. Just to be clear, it does not come with any batteries in the box.

Its price varies wildly, depending on whether you purchase it online or in retail (where we have seen prices of RM 45-60 / US$11-15 / £8-11 / S$15-20 / A$16-21 being quoted).

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But here are some online purchase options you can consider :

 

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The Viral Soda / Soft Drink Egg Video Hoax Debunked!

A video showing soda / soft drinks dissolving the shell of an egg has gone viral, causing alarm and consternation all over the Internet.

It has even been used as “evidence” that soda or soft drinks can dissolve the bones in our body! No wonder people are panicking over this video.

But guess what – this is yet another Internet hoax! Let us debunk this hoax, and prove it to you!

 

The Original Soda / Soft Drink Egg Hoax Video

The viral video that showed a mix of Pepsi and Coca-Cola dissolving the shell of an egg was created by someone called blogerwojciech and posted to TikTok. Check it out :

It shows the egg being soaked in a mixture of Coca-Cola and Pepsi for 24 hours, after which the shell dissolved, leaving only a rubbery, squishy egg.

The original video only include this comment :

Cola + Pepsi + + 24godziny Zaskoczeni (Cola + Pepsi + + 24 hours = surprised).

But like everything viral or controversial on the Internet, “clever” people will turn it into something else. On WhatsApp and Facebook, it was accompanied by this warning :

This is a shocking video, please Watch…..

You will understand why we get joint pains and arthritis problems….

When these drinks dissolve the calcium egg shell, it only shows how it can also dissolve our bones and make us a step closer to paralysis……

Naturally, both the video and the warnings are as fake as breast implants. In fact, blogerwojciech later released a video showing how he did it…

 

The Soda / Soft Drink Egg Hoax Video DEBUNKED!

We prepared this debunking video that summarises how blogerwojciech did it.

It’s actually very simple, and took nothing more than a simple combination of seven short video clips.

Basically, this was what blogerwojciech did :

  • In the first clip, he puts a real egg into a clear glass
  • In the second and third clips, he pours Coca-Cola and Pepsi into the glass with the egg inside.
  • His fourth clip is a close-up of the soda mixture, showing you that the egg really is soaking in it
  • In the fifth clip, he covers the glass with a ceramic mug, which is conveniently opaque
  • In the sixth clip, he shows a piece of paper with 24 H written on it, instead of a time-lapse video of the egg in the clear glass.
  • He replaces the egg with a transparent rubber toy egg, and starts recording the seventh clip, in which he fishes it out of the soda mix and squishes it.

If you look carefully, you will notice that the toy egg is actually much bigger than the egg he put into the glass in the beginning…

 

The Toy Use In The Soda / Soft Drink Egg Hoax Video

The egg that blogerwojciech used is specifically a Cartoon Network-licenced toy egg called Jajcarski Glut (Slimy Egg) that seems to be sold only in Eastern Europe.

However, it is very similar to other squishy toy egg / egg splat toy / stress relief egg toys that you can find online, like…

  • Funky Egg Splat Ball (4 Pack) : $12.99 | £12.99 | A$26.48
  • Sticky Splat Eggs (Set of 12) : $12.71
  • Coolbitz Novelty Egg Shaped Splat Toy (3 Pcs) : £3.99
  • Funky Egg Splat Ball Toy : RM10

 

No, Soda / Soft Drinks Cannot Dissolve Our Bones

While soda or soft drinks have been proven to cause erosion of the enamel of our teeth, they cannot directly dissolve your bones.

Think about it for a minute. Even if the video really showed soda or soft drinks dissolving an egg’s shell, we do not actually have bones in our gastrointestinal system.

When we drink sodas or soft drinks, they do not come into contact with any of our bones. We also absorb drinks very quickly, so even if you somehow have bones in your GI tract, they won’t be soaking in any soda / soft drink for more than an hour or two.

 

Paralysis Is Not Caused By Bone Loss

Paralysis is loss of muscle function caused most often by damage to the nervous system, or toxins. It is never caused by bone loss of any kind.

So it is completely illogical to claim that dissolving our bones will cause paralysis. Osteoporosis, for example, can result in bone fractures… not paralysis.

 

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F-Secure Says It’s Time For Safer Smart Toys

February 9, 2016: Today is Safer Internet Day, and parents still face challenges in helping their kids stay safe while using the Internet. In addition to helping kids learn to use mobile devices responsibly, stay safe on social media, and manage screen time, parents have to contend with a new challenge posed by the Internet of Things (IoT) – smart toys.

Smart toys are essentially toys that connect to the Internet, and are set to become a large product category for IoT devices. A 2015 study projected total revenues from smart toys to reach 2.8 billion USD before the end of last year. However, last year’s well-known VTech hack that saw data about 6.4 million children stolen caused a moral panic about the security and privacy risks these toys carry for kids.

“The thing that parents need to know about smart toys is that they’re new terrain for parents and kids, but also manufacturers,” said Sean Sullivan, F-Secure Security Advisor. “Smart toys and IoT devices in general are a competitive market, and we’ve already seen numerous examples where security is treated as an afterthought. Companies are more interested in growing their customer base than securing customer data, so we’ll probably continue to see these cracks in smart toy security.”

 

Parenting Still Key for Protecting Kids Using IoT, Mobile Devices

Whether parents are concerned about IoT devices, mobile phones, or other Internet safety issues, the best approach for protecting kids is for parents to become involved in how their kids learn to use devices or online services. And data from a recent F-Secure survey shows that there’s a lot more space for parents to do this.

[adrotate banner=”4″]Only 30 percent of survey respondents said they check what their kids are doing online or use parental controls more than once a week. Just 38 percent said they explain to their kids how to use the Internet safely more than once a week.

According to F-Secure Researcher Mikael Albrecht, this is problematic given how quickly technology, and how kids use it, is evolving. “Parents have resources they can use to protect kids on traditional PCs, but mobile devices and the IoT are a different story. They do not recognize children as a user group with distinctive needs, and this leaves parents with poor tools to manage their kids’ online safety. So while you have things like age restrictions, they’re so basic that kids can figure out how to get around them before parents know what’s happening.”

Sullivan and Albrecht agree that the best solution is for parents to engage with their kids and help them learn to use technology in healthy, positive ways. There are a few practical ways parents can approach helping their kids learn to use the Internet safely:

  • Teach your kids, and let them teach you – “The world kids are growing up in is new, always changing, and difficult for parents to understand,” said Albrecht. “Parents need to accept this rather than fight it. Learning should work both ways and be done together – parents can learn about issues facing the kids, and kids can learn things parents understand, like the dangers of interacting with strangers.”
  • Pay attention to what services they use – Parents should understand enough about the products and services kids are using to decide whether they are good or bad. “Educational apps typically strike a good balance between asking for information to help them improve their service, and respecting privacy,” said Sullivan. “They’ll ask for a year of birth to tailor content to the correct age group, but they won’t ask for the exact birthdate, or the kids’ full name. If you’re being asked to disclose exact birthdates, full names, or other things about your kid you’d rather keep private, move on to a better product.”
  • Be present, but not overbearing – Kids need some degree of privacy, especially as they grow older. “I think it’s ok for parents to use technical solutions to keep an eye on what kids are doing online, but parents should be open about this and prepared to ease off as kids age,” said Albrecht. “Chances are kids will figure out these technical controls anyway, so trying to hide it is likely to backfire and cause kids to see their parents as big brother type figures.”

 

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