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tengu usb-powered character

by Crispin Jones $14.00

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Cyber Friend

Hours in front of the computer got you feeling a bit lonely? Have no fear, Tengu is here! Tengu is a USB-powered character that lights up and lip syncs to music, or your voice, or whatever noise happens to be around at the time. Tengu has different facial expressions that you can match to different music. When there's no sound he'll simply fall asleep, as soon as he detects some noise he'll wake up again.

Tengu is a stand-alone device that does not require any additional software on the host computer. Created by designer Crispin Jones. Made in China.

Click here to see Tengu in action!

View: Face 1, Face 2, Face 3

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Item ID
16843
Made from
plastic, electrical components
Measurements
2.8" H x 1.75" W x .59" D
  • the maker

Crispin Jones

Crispin Jones is a London-based designer, whose work is chiefly concerned with exploring the social impact of technology. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a Masters Degree in Computer Related Design in 2000, since then he has worked for a number of companies including Casio Research, Philips Design and IDEO London. He has also worked independently and in partnership (as one half of Robson and Jones) on interactive projects for a high profile clients including Tate Modern, The V and A and The Science Museum.

Alongside the commercial design projects, he has produced more experimental works - these projects have been exhibited internationally. Additionally, he has taught at various international design institutions including The Royal College or Art (UK), Central St Martins (UK), Interaction Design Institute of Ivrea (Italy) and Schooling Pad (Japan).

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TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER
 
4.1

(based on 133 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (71)
  • Easy to install (67)
  • Durable (37)
  • Easy to clean (33)
  • Easy to use (32)

Cons

  • Flimsy (4)
  • Smaller than expected (3)

Best Uses

  • Entertainment (32)
  • Bedroom (27)
  • Small rooms (26)
  • All ages (17)
  • Large rooms (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (64), Budget shopper (15), Education oriented (10), Working parent (9), Parent of two or more children (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (115), No (24)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (82)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband (5), Child (3), Other (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (7), Other (4)

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4.0

Item is gift so don't know reaction yet

By 

from Blytheville, AR

About Me Grandparent

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

      Comments about TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER:

      Easter Gift for 10 year old girl - don't know response yet.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Child
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Not home alone...

      By 

      from Yukon, Cornellious

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Engaging
      • Good Sound Quality
      • Lasting Fun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Ages
        • Creative Development
        • Imaginative Play

        Comments about TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER:

        I am disabled and use extreme hearing aids....this little friend is the best sonic interpreter and doesn't seem to mind my atonal singing.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No, No
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Other

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Small gift for big fun!

        By 

        from Springdale, AR

        About Me Mother Of A Marine

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Small And Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Ages
          • Entertainment

          Comments about TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER:

          Finding fun gifts for my son who is an active duty service member is difficult. He has very limited storage space and must be able to transport things back to base in his travel bag. Mostly we buy him things that are necessary (socks and boxers, etc). When I saw this tiny little guy, that would fit in his stocking (and a pocket on the flight home) I was hooked!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Child
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Amusement in a small package

          By 

          from Sterling,ma

          About Me Grandparent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Ages

            Comments about TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER:

            Was surprised how small it was but totally engaging for all ages

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes, Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Husband
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Father’s Day

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Fun item

            By 

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Engaging
            • Lasting Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Ages
              • Entertainment

              Comments about TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER:

              It is a fun and unique item at a very reasonable price. I bought Tengu for my husband, but my whole family had fun watching it. Easy to use - just plug it in. I had problems with getting it to work initially, but now I know the best way is to cover the microphone at the bottom with your finger, then uncover it and say something really loud straight to it.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Husband
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

              Comment on this review

               
              4.0

              cute desktop companion

              By 

              from Jacksonville, FL

              About Me Computer Nerd

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • Short Inactivity Time

              Best Uses

              • All Ages

              Comments about TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER:

              A cute little distraction. I use it in place of myself when I'm streaming. The only problems I have are the inactivity timeout is awfully short and he seems a bit finicky trying to wake him back up.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No, No
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Self
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              My kids love this!

              By 

              from Brookline, MA

              About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • cute
              • Easy to Use
              • Engaging

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Ages
                • Entertainment
                • Imaginative Play
                • Young Children

                Comments about TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER:

                I bought Tengu as a gift for my husband but my two kids, ages 5 and 9, love it! They talk to it, play music for it, and try to get it to make different faces.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Husband
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

                Comment on this review

                 
                4.0

                So Cute!

                By 

                from Longwood, FL

                About Me Bestest Friend Ever, Education Oriented

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Great
                • Lasting Fun

                Cons

                • Pricey
                • Smaller Than Expected

                Best Uses

                • All Ages
                • Entertainment
                • Older Children

                Comments about TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER:

                I was so excited to finally recieve my package, I am sooo happy I didn't have to sign for it and wait even longer since I work long hours. I got this for a friend and I know she is going to love it. I was hoping for something a little bit bigger, but as is, it is super cute and I can't wait for her to open it on Christmas. The packaing is impressive, you can't even tell there is an actual product inside (it comes in a super flat card board envelope box piece thing. It's a little bit pricey for what it actually is, but this company has proven to be reliable, efficient, and fast. Definitely placing orders in the near future.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes, Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Thank You TENGU!

                By 

                from Earth

                About Me Biologist, Education Oriented, Working Parent

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Engaging
                • FUN

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Ages
                  • Diversion And Play

                  Comments about TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER:

                  TENGU is so simple to use. Just plug it into the USB slot, turn on music or jibber jabber and have some fun.

                  I was worried TENGU would not match the entertainment value that was portrayed in the online videos (the videos were great). But it turned out to be equally delightful in person as in the videos. We opened TENGU at a party. The guests could not help but play with TENGU.

                  We got a note back from the teen to whom it was given. It turns out that TENGU has been a regular participant in his Italian Language class. Perfetto!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Child
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Cracks me up all the time!

                  By 

                  from Charleston, SC

                  About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Engaging
                  • Lasting Fun

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All Ages
                    • Entertainment

                    Comments about TENGU USB-POWERED CHARACTER:

                    Tengu is hilarious and works just as described. My four year old talks to him like he is real.... Only issue is that he only works 'properly' if he is plugged into a computer. We tried plugging him into a 'charger' that was connected directly to an outlet and he wouldn't relax..... that is he wouldn't go to sleep even if no one was talking... he would 'talk' anyway.. poor guy! : )
                    Really cute though..... cracks me up all the time, especially when you want to change a serious conversation into a not-so serious one. He is awesome at lightening the mood.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Husband
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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