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The OmniO Rider is a stroller which can also be worn like a backpack

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.  Read More

Lumo's goal is to get kids moving again in video games

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.  Read More

Lully may be able to prevent children from suffering with night terrors, all thanks to not...

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.  Read More

Kids can control the behavior of the Hackaball through a companion iPad 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.  Read More

Once completed, Kids Imagination Furniture can be used as a normal desk and chair

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.  Read More

Fisher Price's Smart Connect Cradle ’n Swing is remotely-controlled via a smartphone app

Rocking a fussing baby back to sleep is certainly a crucial part of the bonding process, but there are times when doing so just isn't convenient ... right? Well, regardless of your feelings about it, Fisher Price's new Smart Connect Cradle ’n Swing is on its way. It's a motorized rocking cradle that parents control via their smartphone.  Read More

The buckle me up dash module flashes and beeps if children unbuckle while the parent is dr...

Most parents are fairly diligent about making sure that their young children buckle up at the start of car trips. Unfortunately, due to the fact that many cars don't have rear seatbelt warning systems, they may not realize that their kids have released their belt while en route. Needless to say, the outcome of an accident under such circumstances could be tragic. That's why an Australian startup has launched buckle me up, a system that wirelessly adds a rear seatbelt warning system to cars that don't already have one.  Read More

The Dino is a 'CogniToy' that wirelessly connects to IBM's Watson computer system

Today, an interactive toy is more often than not a chatty teddy bear with a very limited repertoire, but Elemental Path is developing a "CogniToy" that would relegate such toys to the dunce's chair. The Dino CogniToy isn't just a plastic dinosaur with a chip, it's a plastic dinosaur connected to IBM's Watson artificially intelligent computer system, which makes it not simply interactive, but also a toy that can "evolve, learn, and grow" with a child.  Read More

Mattel is teaming up with Google to marry the classic View-Master to modern virtual realit...

If you're of a certain age, then you might have fond memories of the View-Master. Pop in a disc, hold the device up to your face, and enjoy some 3D images of, say, the latest Muppets movie or climactic scenes from Chips or The Dukes of Hazzard. Today Mattel and Google announced an update that tries to merge the classic device with modern virtual reality.  Read More

High-tech sights from the 2015 Nuremberg Toy Fair (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

It might seem strange that Gizmag spent a good chunk of the busy month of January playing with toys at two major toy fairs, London and Nuremberg. The toy segment is following consumer technology closely, though, and many of the same trends that we see at major shows like CES and IFA are also evident at the international toy fairs ... only in smaller, simpler, more child-friendly packages. Proclaimed as the world's biggest toy fair, the Nuremberg Toy Fair ("Spielwarenmesse" in German), which wrapped up earlier this week, gave us a good feel for how toy companies are incorporating the latest technologies, including robotics and connectivity.  Read More

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