You thought the Nabaztag rabbit was as cute as RFID readers were ever going to get? Well you were wrong my friends, oh so wrong. Mattel has released details of a selection of glorious South Park like figurines that trump that bunny cuteness any day of the week. The F.A.M.P.S (which stands for (Feelings, Attitudes, Moods and Personalities) are collectible figures which connect to Macs or PCs via USB or an RFID reader. Each figure allows you to personalize your desktop and add colour and different background to your online presence.
The widgets you make can then be added to emails, websites and IM, and when you swipe yours against a friend you instantly collect her data, meaning your virtual F.A.M.P.s world is even more enriched.
Details are still a little shaky at present, with not much more than the style and the disturbing blurb line that they create a ‘unique emotional makeover’. Hmm. A starter kit will be available in Fall 2009 for $16.99.