We recently spent some time professionaly testing (okay, playing) with the latest toys at the Toy Fair in London. This being 2016 many of those toys had a significant technological element, making them more interesting than your average cuddly bear. Join us as we revisit some of the best drones, internet-connected toys, AR games and STEM kits that we saw.
Razor has used London Toy Fair 2016 to announce its latest Crazy Cart, and this one is designed to make drifting even easier than previous models. The Crazy Cart Shift makes a number of changes which will enable younger drivers to achieve serious drifts, including easier steering wheel-based drifting and an 8 mph (13 km/h) max speed.
Lego Education has updated its aging WeDo robotic learning system with WeDo 2.0. Geared toward schools or parents looking to add some structured learning to playtime, it comes in kit form and is an aid to spark young students' interest in science, computing, engineering and technology subjects.
Like the Dash and Dot from our round-up of last year's best tech toys for kids, the upcoming Code-a-Pillar has been designed to teach kids how to code in an entertaining and engaging way. Fisher-Price's effort sees a wheeled caterpillar head sporting a constant smile and blinking eyes that can be connected via USB to a number of segments. The order in which the segments are connected determines the actions of the completed bot.
What adult or kid who's seen any of the Back to the Future movies hasn't lusted after a real DeLorean, let alone one that could actually hover. While a real hovering DeLorean might still not be available until some time in the future, Kids Logic of Hong Kong has created a scale model replica that may be the next best thing.
It's not often that you hear the words "Cricket not included" used in reference to a toy car, but there's a first time for everything. That said, if you are able to supply your own cricket, it can now be used to steer Mattel's new Bug Racer. Presumably other similar-sized insects would work, too … just don't expect any of them to have great driving skills.
Gone are the days when a spinning top or wind-up car were the pinnacle of toy technology. Nowadays kids expect their toys to connect to the internet, pair with smart devices, and let them join in the latest tech trends, often before their parents. To help you (and Santa) keep up, here's Gizmag's guide to the 11 best tech toys which are expected to be hits this Christmas.
The more words a toddler is exposed to, the better are the chances he or she will have have social, emotional and intellectual success (in other words, a higher IQ). This process should start before the child can even talk back, according to research carried out over the last 30 years by human intelligence experts. These findings have inspired a Palo-Alto (CA) company called Versame to develop a new gadget to help parents maximize their little one's lexical exposure.
Since 2010, the Boogie Board eWriter range has provided youthful imaginations with modern-day notepads for their digital doodles and sketches. Improvements since have seen the addition of onboard storage and stylish new designs, but the latest addition to the lineup may be its biggest leap yet. The Boogie Board Play n' Trace features a translucent LCD screen, meaning that further to regular drawings, kids (or expressive adults) can trace the two and three dimensional objects they see around them.
It will come as no surprise to parents that kids enjoy using tablets to watch their favorite shows and play games, but is it best to let them use yours or get them one of their own?Gizmag looks at some of the things to consider if you're looking for a kids’ tablet, along with our pick of the best child-safe and child-focused tablets on the market in 2015.