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iZ interactive toy to rock out with iPod

imageZizzle, a new toy company lead by the co-founder of the original Tiger Electronics (the company behind the Furby toy), will soon unveil iZ, a “9-inch tri-legged fusion of toy and music.” The unique character lets kids create musical beats by moving and pressing different parts of his body, and doubles as a portable iPod speaker.

While Zizzle has yet to release a picture of iZ, the company recently teamed up with iLounge to launch the “What is iZ Giveaway,” in which iLoungers try to guess what exactly iZ is from a handful of cropped photos of the product.

In an official announcement for iZ, Zizzle said the character will “play your music with his horn flashing lights, his eyes bouncing to the beat, and act as a DJ, adding his own commentary to any song. Let’s not forget iZ’s sense of humor which is demonstrated through burps and other ‘rude’ lifelike noises.”

Zizzle also provided details on the music-making feature. “Kids start by pressing his stomach to start a beat. Once they find a sound they like, they move to iZ’s right ear to add a little rhythm to the equation, and turn his left ear to find a musical lead. An easy to use tempo control makes the sounds limitless as players create tunes never before heard. iZ’s eyes even independently rock out to the innovative tunes created.”

iZ is scheduled to be available at major retailers this fall. A multi-million dollar TV and print advertising campaign is planned. Zizzle said the iPod will be featured prominently in commercials and on the iZ packaging.

Update: Zizzle has provided us with a complete photo of iZ (right).

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Comments

1

this looks pretty cool!

Posted by me on August 11, 2005 at 11:02 PM (PDT)

2

wow. what a let-down.

Posted by Mondayne on August 12, 2005 at 1:56 AM (PDT)

3

I’m in the same boat as Mondayne up there.  This seems way too childish.

Posted by uber taxpayer on August 12, 2005 at 6:49 AM (PDT)

4

same here, but its amazening how a hole world is built around the ipod.

Posted by Jonboy_sidewinder on August 12, 2005 at 7:18 AM (PDT)

5

“This seems way too childish”

Umm… that’s why it’s for kids.

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on August 12, 2005 at 7:19 AM (PDT)

6

Forgot to add…

DURR!!

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on August 12, 2005 at 7:20 AM (PDT)

7

to chidlish

Posted by Jonboy_sidewinder on August 12, 2005 at 7:53 AM (PDT)

8

oh and when is a 5,6,7 or 8 year old going to have a from $200 to $400 ipod.

Posted by Jonboy_sidewinder on August 12, 2005 at 7:54 AM (PDT)

9

When their parents do… obviously.

I let my 19 months old niece walk around with my (at the time of purchase) $500 iPod and sony portable speakers all the time.  She loves it dancing around with it, and I don’t mind letting her drool on it.  When she comes over, alot of times that’s the first thing she lookds for. See picture;
http://homepage.mac.com/lilaliend/.Pictures/loreliipod03.jpg

She love music and reactes joyously to it.  This item would be absolutely perfect for her because it not only plays music, but interacts with the music AND the child.  I will definitely buy one of these for her, even if it comes with a $100 price tag.

It’s not for me… it’s for the child.  Which is why it’s so “childish”.

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on August 12, 2005 at 8:49 AM (PDT)

10

Wow….I was looking forward to this, and then this.  *shudders*

Posted by Jing in USA/Singapore on August 12, 2005 at 8:52 AM (PDT)

11

see the whole thing on amazon
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000AMC3RG.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Definitely for kids

Posted by normaneo on August 12, 2005 at 9:26 AM (PDT)

12

9”? That’s huge… practically a stool.

Posted by Nagromme on August 12, 2005 at 10:13 AM (PDT)

13

Why does it say that they didn’t release a picture of it yet, but there’s a picture of it right next to the article?

Posted by Kyle on August 12, 2005 at 10:19 AM (PDT)

14

So was the contest a random drawing of entries, or did you have to qualify by guessing “exactly” was this is? If you had the qualification, then it’s not really a fair contest. How many people guessed exactly that this was a ““9-inch tri-legged fusion of toy and music” ? Zero.

Posted by Pinatubo on August 12, 2005 at 10:40 AM (PDT)

15

Where’s Sluggo when you really need him? Ohh nooo, ohh noooooooo….squash!

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on August 12, 2005 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

16

I dont care if it is aimed at 12 and unders, I wants me one!

Posted by Wash_Jones on August 12, 2005 at 1:07 PM (PDT)

17

It doesn’t even look fun…..........let alone worth the $$

Posted by Special K on August 12, 2005 at 2:41 PM (PDT)

18

same here!...sign me up!!

Posted by marley2778 in Palos Verdes, CA on August 12, 2005 at 4:58 PM (PDT)

19

oh man that is so ugly. what a piece.

Posted by jm on August 12, 2005 at 5:17 PM (PDT)

20

Has Zizzle designed a fizzle with the iZ? Only a multi-million dollar TV and print advertising campaign will tell…

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on August 12, 2005 at 7:03 PM (PDT)

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