Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Earlier this week Tech Savvy Parents provided a look at some of the electronic toys to come in 2012 for the ages 6 and under and am back to share the items that will appeal to the 6 and older crowd.
Nerf FireVision— “Come inside. It’s getting dark!” will be a phrase of the past with the introduction of FireVision technology. Debuting this fall, FireVision Sports Frames eyewear allow kids to flip a switch in order to see reflective graphics on FireVision Sports products like a football, basketball set, and hyper bounce ball. Each FireVision Sports product comes with a set of glasses. FireVision Sports Ball will sell between $9.99-$19.99 and additional glasses will be $5.99. Available August 1, 2012 for ages 6+
The Game of Life zAPPed— Combining an iPad with the game of Life provides a new twist on a classic board game. Purchase the game, download The Game of Life zAPPed app on to the iPad, start the game, place the iPad on the game board, and the game takes on a new life with the integration of over 100 clips from America’s Funniest Home Videos, the ability to create a personalized peg person to travel the game board, and use of a virtual spinner. Other zAPPed games to come include Monopoly and Battleship. The Game of Life zAPPed is currently in stores for $24.99 for ages 8+. iPad not included.
Lazer Tag 2 Blaster— The precision and power of Lazer Tag meets augmented reality thanks to integration with the iPhone or iPod Touch through the Lazer Tag app. iDevices are connected to Lazer Tag blasters which combines the video gaming experience with the real life game. Players can track others at a range of 250 feet and use a virtual leaderboard to keep track of successful missions and gear upgrades. $39.99, available August 1, 2012 for ages 8+
If you’re looking for the electronic toys that will be out for ages 6 and under, take a look at some of the items that were seen at Toy Fair here!
Images courtesy of Nerf, Lazer Tag, and zAPPed.
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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Last week’s Toy Fair in New York City displayed the newest toys that will debut in 2012. What are some of the innovative ways toys will incorporate technology this year? Take a look at some of the items that are on store shelves, available through iTunes as new apps, or will be on store shelves this fall for ages 6 and under.
Furreal Friends Baby Butterscotch Pony— Furreal Friends has been known for soft interactive pets but Butterscotch Pony is even more engaging thanks to an abundance of sensors on her back and face that gauge how a child is playing with her. Stroke her soft coat and she’ll move her head, blink her eyes, move her ears, or softly whinny. She nuzzles when you nuzzle her and loves to chomp on her carrots. $119.99, available Fall 2012 for ages 4+
A Little Book About Feelings iPhone/iPad eBook app— Based on the hardcover book of the same name, Los Angeles based The Mother Company expands their line of products into the digital realm with the release of the A Little Book About Feelings eBook app. The app is designed to teach kids about their feelings but also assists in developing reading skills in a fun, interactive way as the text as it is highlighted as it is being read. Currently available for iPad and iPhone ($0.99) for ages 0-6.
Rocktivity Jump ‘n Jam Guitar— The youngest rockers can get a head start with the motion sensitive Jump ‘n Jam Guitar that starts playing classic and new rock songs from the likes of JLo, KISS, Jackson 5, and more when your child pretends to strum. $19.99, available Fall 2012 for ages 3+
HoodiePet— Upon first glance, what looks like just another cozy fleece is so much more. HoodiePet comes with a plush finger puppet toy attached with Velcro to the front so your little one always has a friend nearby. Additional pets can be purchased separately in the event that a favorite is lost! For older kids, the HoodiePet website is an interactive world where they can learn about fun facts about animals. $29.99 and available from the HoodiePet website for ages 1-10.
Images courtesy of Furreal Friends, The Mother Company, Playskool, and HoodiePet
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