20q - Pocket Mind Reader
I got this as part of a promotion before it was released to the public, and showed it to friends. I'm recommending this for kids, but adults seem to be more interested in it (maybe because it takes some time to get through all the questions). It's amazingly accurate, even if choose something you thought was obscure.
$12.99 The Gadget That Can Read Your Mind Play the classic game of 20 questions with this sophisticated pocket guru. How does it work? It's rather simple. Just think of an object (either an Animal, Vegetable, Mineral or Other) and then 20q will ask you a series of questions through it's LED display. You simply answer yes, no, sometimes, or 'unknown' using the appropriate buttons on 20q for each question. Then your 20q will attempt to guess your object after the 20th question. If it guesses correctly, 20q wins! If it misses it will attempt 5 more questions and will then make another guess. If it misses again then you've officially stumped the pocket 20q and it will courageously admit defeat. But 20q is much smarter than you realize... But, ThinkGeek, how does 20q really work? Robin Burgener, the inventor of 20q started working on 20Q in 1988, with the game running on a 5/14 inch floppy disk. Now 20q is online and over 10,000 games are played each day - increasing the sophistication of the 20q network on a daily basis. The artificial intelligence behind the game is a neural-network, similar to a human brain. A brain, or neural-network, is built from neurons connected by synaptic connections. A human brain has about one hundred trillion (100,000,000,000,000) synaptic connections. The 20q.net online version currently has about ten million (10,000,000), and the pocket version has about two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000). The game uses the neural-network to choose the next question as well as deciding what to guess. 20q is extremely portable and great at parties. Folks will gather around it and be perplexed at just how well 20q can figure out what's on your mind. Battery and instructions for use included. Here's an example of 20q guessing our object within 20 questions. We were thinking of a Tank. 20q: I know what you're thinking. Ready? TG: New Game Q1: Is it an Animal? Vegetable? Mineral? or Other? TG: Other Q2: Is it flat? TG: No Q3: Would you use it daily? TG: No Q4: Does it have a hard outer shell? TG: Yes Q5: Do you use it in your home? TG: No Q6: Would you give it as a gift? TG: No Q7: Does it move? TG: Yes Q8: Is it commonly used? TG: No 20q: I Know Everything! Q9: Can it be stolen? TG: Yes Q10: Is it used in travel? TG: Yes Q11: Can it be used for recreation? TG: No Q12: Can you walk on it? TG: Yes Q13: Does it bring joy to people? TG: No Q14: Does it get wet? TG: Yes Q15: Is it straight? TG: No 20Q: I Can Read Your Mind! Q16: Can you open it? TG: Yes Q17: Does it roll? TG: Yes Q18: Does it use electricity? TG: Yes Q19: Is it usually colorful? TG: No Q20: Is it something you can purchase? TG: Yes 20Q: I'm Thinking....I guess you are thinking of a...TANK? TG: Yes Q20: Haha. I Win! TG: *pouts*
It's so much fun!!