Gadgets for the Guru: Tech Toys for Kids
Get your kids the one of the cool tech gadgets this holidays season!
Need to make exercising more fun for your teen? You can transform your old exercise bike that you never use into an amusement park ride with Goji Play. The Goji Play converts any piece of cardio equipment into a game, making 30 minutes of exercise instantly feel like 5 minutes of play. In the box you get a pair of wireless game controllers and activity sensor and a selection of 20 compatible games available for free from the iTunes App Store that are designed specifically for optimal workout experiences. The Goji Play works for a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike and other cardio equipment and is compatible with iPad 3+, iPad Mini, iPhone 4S+ and iPod Touch (5th gen+).
Ollie by Sphero® App-controlled Robot
The Ollie is an interactive robot controlled through a mobile application. Because of its tubular design, it can spin, drift, turn, flip and tumble with its app-powered tricks. The Ollie boasts a durable polycarbonate shell and is outfitted with glowing LEDs to take on the night. It is compatible with iOS and Android devices and is connected via Bluetooth. The world is your playground with this awesomely agile techie toy.
Beamz is an interactive music toy that was most recently recognized and featured in National Geographic Kids December 2014/January 2015 issue. Beamz uses cool science to bring great experiences to kids. The technology and science used in the Beamz laser controller enables kids to immerse themselves in creative interactive music making without having a learning curve. Beamz was recently named in the Top 5 Smart Toy by National Geographic. Read our extensive coverage of this Valley company at AZTB.
GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine
The GoldieBlox and Movie Machine promotes creativity and teaches children how to make their own movies! A story and construction kit—in GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, Goldie and her gang of friends team up to invent a solution and save the Bloxtown Film Festival from being canceled. Kids learn how to build a zoetrope, a pre-cinema animation device, while learning about illustration and animation. This innovative toy builds spatial skills, engineering principles (drawing, animation, zoetrope), reading skills and confidence in problem solving.
What’s Good LLC.’s eBeanie
A Beanie with tunes! The eBeanie is one of What’s Good LLC’s first of many products within the growing wearable-technology market. It’s an acrylic cap, with top-shelf Bluetooth-enabled technology, speakers and, unlike the competition, a revolutionary embedded microphone that allows people to make and take hands-free phone calls and listen to music, and keep their ears warm. The eBeanie is available in five colors (red, blue, black, pink and camouflage) with three more (orange, yellow and purple) on the way. Available for purchase for $49.95 with free shipping.
Graphics courtesy of Sphero and Goldieblox