Kids can't wait for anything. Pagers, cell phones and laptops have turned them into instant mobile communicators. And now--someone was bound to think of it-- instant friend screeners.
Playmate Toys has introduced friend.link, a palm-sized device aimed at helping kids find new friends with similar interests. Users program in their interests--favorite music, favorite sports, etc. And when someone sends out a message to all friend.link users within a 20-foot range, each receiving unit calculates the percentage of matching interests between the sender and receiver.