Within the 2015 Tokyo Toy Show, at the
end of June, Toyota displayed the fourth episode in its Camatte series of exploratory concept vehicles. This year’s story was called Hajime (begin) and was a miniature copy of the
car design process. It enabled children (and adults) to create their own
vehicle concepts on a dedicated tablet and then drive their designs and
themselves around a model town, all in augmented reality. Gizmag went along to experience the
Camatte Vision for real.
Identifying the safety concerns of parents when taking children to crowded locations such as fun parks, museums and festivals, Justine Mittelheuser created Tappy hats for children using NFC technology.
A successful Lego Ideas fan submission based on the Labyrinth marble maze game is to be produced. The Lego Labyrinth Marble Maze will feature a tilting platform that players must move around in order to guide a marble to the end of the maze, avoiding holes on the way.
Electrical engineer Charles Sharman noticed several years ago that as they got older,
the children he taught at Sunday School tended to migrate from Lego and
other building toys to video games. He wanted them to keep creating, so
he started a company called Seven:Twelve Engineering and began designing
a building toy that could hold the attention of these older kids. That
toy is called Crossbeams, and it can be used to design and assemble a
huge range of toys – including big, detailed, moving cars and
There is already a way of running with your young children – you
push them in front of you, in a running-style stroller. With your arms
holding onto its handle, however, your form isn't exactly ideal. That's
why a group of entrepreneurs from Bend, Oregon has created the
kidRunner. It's a kid jogger that you tow.
OmniO Rider is a stroller which can be folded down and carried as a backpack, ready to be deployed when your tired toddler suddenly decides they can't walk any more (typically at the point you are farthest from home). The device, which recently won "British Invention of the Year Award" at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham, UK, is currently looking for funding on Indiegogo.
If you've visited a trade show or children's museum lately, chances are you've seen an interactive, motion-sensitive exhibit projected onto a wall or floor. Lumo is the at-home version of this technology, developed by technologists Meghan Athavale and Curtis Wachs who began creating interactive environments for commercial settings. Seeing a demand for a cheaper and more user-friendly version of their product for interactive gaming at home, they're launching an Indiegogo campaign to fund the continued development of Lumo.
When a child is suffering from disturbed sleep, the whole family suffers along with them. Lully is a new device to prevent the night terrors that plague so many young children, and it comprises nothing but a vibrating pod and companion smartphone app.
We've seen a number of clever learning tools aimed at future generations of roboticists and programmers recently. The latest educational plaything to join the likes of DynePods
, the Kibo
and the Wigl bot
is Hackaball. It's a computer in a ball that kids can program using an iPad, and then throw it around, bounce it off walls and kick it about in completely made up games.
Getting children involved in practical projects at a young age can aid their development and foster their creative streak ... which is what Kids Imagination Furniture from The Cardboard Guys hopes to achieve. The set comprises a cardboard desk and chair which children as young as five can build for themselves.