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Tech The Halls — Smart Toys & Gadgets for Smart Families

published on November 22nd, 2016 . by Steve Greenberg

My Ugly Sweater is from ‪Swap.com–the largest consignment and thrift store online. ‪Swap.com has the largest inventory of one of a kind, pre-owned ugly holiday sweaters, most priced under $20! With more than 3000 ugly sweaters in stock, ‪Swap.com is the place to get this year’s ugliest holiday looks– AND where you can sell them next year !!

 

Revell Junior Kits – the new Junior Kit line allows kids to polish their mechanical skills and have a blast doing so. The product line includes a racecar, convertible, police car, off-roader, and a firetruck. Boys and girls as young as 5-years old can assemble these models thanks to an innovative design that allows all of the parts to easily screw together. No glue needed and no additional tools needed. After building, you can zoom the cars all over town. These easy to build vehicles include 21-41 pieces along with enhanced features such as fun decal stickers. They are $17.99 to $29.99 at Hobby Lobby and are also available on Amazon. For more info go to: Revelljuniorkit.com

 

CogniToys Dino — If you have a curious child who loves to ask lots questions and play games, then CogniToys Dino may just become your child’s new best friend. Quite possibly the most interactive toy on the market, the award-winning smart toy dinosaurs learn alongside your kids, creating an ever-evolving, customized learning experience — all without the need for a screen. The CogniToys Dino explores a wide variety of topics during playtime and participates in educational activities like storytelling, games, questions and answers, and guided meditation. Parents will love that the Dino provides kid-friendly, intelligent responses to questions using a combination of IBM’s Watson technology and Elemental Path’s Friendgine. The Dino is available in a fun green color and can be purchased at your local Toys ‘R’ Us store for a suggested retail price of $99.99. For children 5-9 years old and for more information please log on to www.CogniToys.com

 

Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set from Learning Resources — Looking for a holiday gift for children that satisfies their desire for playtime fun while teaching them skills that can help them succeed in school—and in life? Look no further than the Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set from Learning Resources, available online at Amazon.com and at your local Toys “R” Us stores. The Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set is an award-winning toy that offers a fun way to help kids 5 and up start to learn coding. They’ll love building a maze and then programming Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse, to race through it to get the cheese. When Colby finds it, he lights up and makes sounds! The play is open-ended, so children can build the maze any way they want, or they can follow the design of the included activity cards. This deluxe set includes over 70 pieces and comes with an Activity Guide and coding cards to help guide the play. The game can be played alone or with family and friends, and was named a Best Toy by Good Housekeeping Magazine and FamilyFun Magazine! It’s $59.99

 

SAM’s Curious Cars by SAM Labs — Empowering youngsters worldwide to get hands on with smart tech, SAM Labs makes smart construction kits of clever little blocks and a fun app that gives boys and girls the power of technology to build awesome inventions. With the SAM’s Curious Cars building blocks and the SAM’s Curious Cars free app (available across all iOS and Android devices), boys and girls will be stretching their imaginations to create not only cars, but also projects, games, inventions and cool hacks in no time. Designed for youngsters 7 and up. SAM’s Curious Cars kit is $199 at samlabs.com or at Barnes & Noble, SAM’s Curious Cars is a total fun “EdTech” toy to have this holiday season.

 

TrackR bravo – We spend too much time looking for misplaced stuff—TrackR bravo is all about helping us find those lost items. By attaching a TrackR bravo device to all your valuables — keys, wallets, backpack, remotes, even pets — you are employing a little “memory butler” to keep track of all of your things so you don’t have to. TrackR’s Crowd GPS network will help you find your item if it’s outside of your Bluetooth range. When an item is truly lost, the entire TrackR Network is activated and will anonymously in background update the last known location of your lost item. TrackR bravo is the first and only tracking device that is integrated with Amazon’s Alexa. So you can use Alexa to find your phone– even if it is on silent mode. TrackR devices are available at www.TheTrackR.com, Best Buys and other select retail outlets for $29.99.

 

Navdy Head-Up Display –No more looking down at your phone while driving. Navdy has created the first driving device that projects information from your phone directly in your line of sight, on the road ahead. Navdy incorporates popular Head-Up Display (HUD) technology and its breakthrough user interface projects a transparent image on the road ahead, incorporates Hand Gestures to accept calls with the wave of your hand, a specially engineered Dial, and advanced software that lets you control your phone hands-free. With maps, calls, messages, notifications, music, and car information projected directly in front of you, you’ll never miss a turn or an important message again. For the first time, drivers can Look Forward© while Staying Connected©, and enjoy seamless integration of their phone into the driving experience. Starting on Black Friday, you can purchase Navdy for $33/month through Navdy’s 24-month 0% financing special or pay $799 today. Plus, it also comes with free shipping, and free same day delivery and installation in certain cities (NY, LA, SF, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Houston). www.navdy.com

 

 

Cord Buddy — turns any surface into an organized center for all your mobile gadgets and devices.  The small, portable device can be used at home, office or anywhere you go.  Cord Buddy is a “paper-weight” for charging cords.  This patented and innovative device uses magnets housed in a plastic decorative holder that snaps together to hold your charging cord in place.   The strong magnetic closure keeps your cord in place while the weighted base keeps your cord from falling to the floor or worse yet, behind your desk or nightstand!  Cord Buddy Retails for $8.95.  Cord Buddy Glow Retails for $19.95.  Cord Buddy can be purchased at The Container Store, TheGrommet  https://www.thegrommet.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=cord+buddy  Amazon.com/cordbuddy , Houzz.com   More info at www.CordBuddy.com.

 

Kurio Watch — from the makers of Kurio kid-safe tablets, Kurio Watch is a real, working Bluetooth smartwatch made specifically for kids, though there’s nothing kid-like about this high-tech wearable.  It has a sleek, modern design with smooth rounded edges, a brightly colored, adjustable soft silicone band sized to fit kids’ small wrists comfortably, and a responsive touch screen with excellent resolution. Kurio Watch tells time and has all the basic smartwatch functions i.e. alarm, calendar, calculator. But, more than that, it’s packed with play value: kids can take photos and videos, including selfies with its front-facing camera; listen to music; and play single- and multi-player games, including motion games that are played using precise wrist movement. Other apps include a fitness tracker with built-in accelerometer, encouraging kids to get up and active; a translator app that teaches kids how to say words in many different languages; a drawing app and photo retouch app; a voice recording/changing app; and the Kurio Watch Messenger app. Additionally, when connected to a parent’s smartphone, Kurio Watch becomes a hands-free way for kids to take phone calls i.e. “Say ‘hi’ to grandma!”  with no additional phone plan required. It includes 128 MB of internal memory (expandable by microSD card) and is available in blue, pink and purple. It retails for $59.99. For more information, go to www.kuriowatch.com.