Consumer Electronics Show: Your car isn’t as cool as your kid’s fuel cell-powered one
Instead, the tiny toy vehicles on display at the OWI Inc. booth run on renewable power. A bullet train set operates using an integrated solar panel and a racing car has a fuel cell module that runs for up to seven hours when a magnesium metal sheet comes into contact with salt water.
Other solar-powered gizmos for children: miniature transforming robots and even walking king crabs and “attacking inchworms.”
Nearby at the Las Vegas show, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies featured similar educational products, including their own fuel cell cars and wee wind turbines.
Who knows -- a biofuel-powered Barbie could be next.
-- Tiffany Hsu
Photo (top and middle): Solar and wind-powered toys from OWI. Credit: Tiffany Hsu / Los Angeles Times
Photo (bottom): Fuel cell-powered cars from Horizon. Credit: Tiffany Hsu