December 22, 2009      

Retailers expect this holiday season to be the worst in recent memory, yet Bossa Nova Robotics expects to sell 100,000 units each of its new robotic toys: Prime-8 and Penbo, priced at $99 and $79, respectively. The Prime-8 gorilla is aimed at boys from 8 to 12 years of age, and the Penbo pink penguin is aimed at girls from 4 to 8. Expect both to join the long list of failed toys with robotic underpinnings.

According to Pittsburgh-based Bossa Nova, its products are designed to "get kids interest...

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