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Consumer Electronics Show: Your car isn’t as cool as your kid’s fuel cell-powered one

January 10, 2011 |  8:00 am

Fuelcelltoys Gadgets for kids were nestled among the grown-up toys at the Consumer Electronics Show –- but these aren’t your average model cars or train kits.

WindpowertoyInstead, 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.”

FuelcelleduThe Carson-based company also makes an “eco-biker,” a small wind-powered cyclist that pedals furiously in a breeze.

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.


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-- 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