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Published on April 16th, 2009 | by Greg


Fun Fly Stick: Levitation Made Easy

The Fun Fly Stick from Unitech Toys seems appropriately named, even if it isn’t quite catchy. But between the slightly homemade feel of the device and the slightly goofy packaging, it’s clearly not a product designed by a major toy company with a big marketing budget. It’s good to see that independent inventors and creators can still get a product out there, and we’re happy to report that the device can beat the pants off of plenty of others that we’ve tried for sheer fun for all ages.

So, what does it do? Well, basically, it’s a wand and some mylar patterns. You press a button on the wand (batteries required, not included), and it charges the wand, repelling and electrically charging the mylar toys. The best part is that the mylar patterns now float pretty well and that you can use the wand to make them move about. Your hand and body (and most everything else though) will attract the floating toy and will cause the float to “stick” for a while or until removed.

It’s easy to use, safe, and pretty simple. Like most toys, though, it does quickly lose appeal. Younger kids might also find it difficult to use, as the mylar patterns are very easy to damage or lose (5 are included), and it’s not too difficult for the cardboard tube to become detached from the wand’s base. Also, it’s not a good outdoor toy, as the wind will quickly take your mylar toy away and overwhelm the wand’s effects. Overall, it’s a neat science toy, and even adults are wowed at first. $27, available online.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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