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Toy Makers Slate Cool Kids Tablets Just in Time for School

by James

With kids returning to schools, parents hope that their minds shift summertime fun, to learning something. But there’s no reason that they can’t do both at the same time (especially since the weather is still a tad warm for my tastes). That’s where toy manufacturers are hoping that toy tablets will appeal to a kid’s need to play, and a parent’s desire that they learn something. And studies show that kids are wired for it. Check out these cool tablets …

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Viewmaster tries to evolve in the digital world

by James


There are several companies that are struggling with the age old quandry of “evolve or die.” Some, like Polaroid and Kodak, haven’t done too well at technological evolution, but others – like the Fisher Price Viewmaster may just have a leg up as it tries to appeal to tech saavy kids.

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WoWee goes virtual with AppGear and Alien Attack

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I’m really starting to like this trend towards augmented reality using your mobile device for game play. The latest is from one of our favorite out of the box companies, WoWee, which has created an augmented game called Alien Attack. And from the video (after the jump) it looks like a blast.

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Angry Birds flies off the screen and onto the tabletop

by James

Angry Birds is coming to board games ...

Angry Birds is coming to board games ...

They’re fowls with a grudge and I don’t think they’ll be happy until they’ve taken over the toy world completely. It’s really something amazing. Angry Birds, the runaway iPhone app that’s coming to every single gaming platform ever conceived is now coming to tabletops with a board game edition. That’s right, the Birds have a grudge to bear and they want the family involved big time.

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New Tablet safe for babies

by James

Vinci is a special tablet computer designed to foster a child's cognitive development.

Vinci is a special tablet computer designed to foster a child's cognitive development.

It’s no secret that kids are hard on anything with a glass screen. With the added dimension of babies and toddlers, the danger rises faster than the interest rating on your credit card. That’s why this Rullingnet Vinci tablet is so great. It gives babies the tactile joy of playing with the tablet PC, and parents the piece of mind it’ll remain in one piece.

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What Cody Wants: Holiday Edition

by James

Based on the upcoming Disney film TRON: Legacy, this toy tops Cody's list this year.

Based on the upcoming Disney film TRON: Legacy, this toy tops Cody's list this year.

Knowing that nearly every kid has already sent his wish list to Santa, and with two weeks left, Cody has presented me with his 2010 Holiday Wish List. Here it is:

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PLEO the dinosaur toy evolves …

by James

Pleo is about to evolve ...

Pleo is about to evolve ...

It is said that over the eons, dinosaurs evolved from the massive, lizard-like creatures that lumbered around Pangea to the small, aerodynamic birds we see sitting on the power lines every day. But that’s not how it is in the toy world where a dinosaur like Pleo becomes even more dino-like.

PLEO REBORN is the same adorable dino toy we saw fall victim to robot warriors, but with a few improvements under the skin.

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DNA Dinosaur Toy fights for his life online

by James

XTractaurs teaches kids to play with DNA

XTractaurs teaches kids to play with DNA

Augmented reality is all the rage in toys these days. Being able to take your toy and give it life online give it’s an added dimension beyond just banging them together and pretending. Well, Xtractaurs takes the AugReal thing in cool direction by teaching kids about science while having fun battling it out with other dinosaurs online. And it may also unleash a little mad scientist while they’re at it.

The concept is right out of Jurrassic Park, sort of. Using the faux DNA extractor gun, kids take a sample of their dino’s DNA and upload it to the “secure” Xtractaurs website, where the dinosaur is brought to life in a virtual environment. In reality, kids are using the data built into the dino’s onboard chip to connect to Mattel’s website to do battle against evil “Megazaurs,” play puzzles and arcade games. Kids can even combine multiple DNA strands to create their own dinosaur and then play with them virtually. But it isn’t clear whether you’re taking on another player in the Xtractaurs universe or just taking on a virtual monster that the computer chooses. It would be cool if it had a global interactive element to it.
And each Xtractaur has different online content, and there are 15 in all to encourage kids to collect and combine (and with 15 different dinosaurs, there’s over 1,000,000 combinations). But once you have the basic Starter Kit – which has the DNA gun and CD software, kids only need to get each dinosaur separately (otherwise they’d have 15 different .
Check out these cool videos:

Cost is about $20 for each, but right now, the Starter Kit is on sale at Amazon for $10.

Hat tip – Inventorspot

Classic Toys: With Mindstorms Lego gets robotic

by James

Lego Mindstorms, a classic toy which gives kids a future

Lego Mindstorms, a classic toy which gives kids a future

With the computer age, Lego knew it had to adapt or die. Not that kids would stop loving the cute plastic brick, heavens no. They would just want to do even more and more with what they have. Do being able to add gears, wheels, and electric motors, along with a programmable controller and suddenly kids don’t have just a toy, they have their own robot.

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