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Babies don't come with instruction manuals, so the saying goes. But technology is promising to lend new parents a helping hand in the form of Sproutling, a smart baby monitor that keeps parents abreast of baby’s physical status, conditions in the baby’s room, and learns from baby's past behavior to provide specialized suggestions to sleep-deprived parents. Read More

Making a water bomb (or water balloon) can be a laborious and time-consuming process. Unless you have Bunch O Balloons, a system for filling 100 balloons with water in under a minute. Read More

Darth Vader might traverse distant galaxies in a Tie Fighter, but what about when he’s in California? Mattel’s answer: a Darth Vader car. Appearing at Comic Con this week, the one-off is part of a release event for a new line of Star Wars-inspired Hot Wheels cars. Read More

While Hasbro's existing catalog is already brimming with toys for childhood recreation, it has just announced an initiative that could bring a new level of personalization to playtime. Joining forces with 3D-printing marketplace Shapeways, the company has launched SuperFanArt, a site that lets fans design and print toys based on Hasbro's much-loved product range. Read More
Onni Smart Care is a new baby monitoring system which promises to do more than allow parents to see and listen to their (hopefully sleeping) little one. In addition to streaming HD video and audio to a smart device or computer, the Onni Baby Pro monitor features a room temperature sensor, a remote controlled nightlight, and the ability to play soothing MP3s to your child via a built-in speaker. Read More
Following on from its LeapPad tablets, LeapFrog is introducing the LeapTV games console specifically for younger kids. The new system is designed to encourage learning through active play, and will have access to a library of over 100 educational titles. Read More
In good news for parents who don't like watching their little ones become tablet-clutching screen zombies, games are increasingly merging real-world play with digital experiences. Chromville is an app which brings children's coloring to 3D life with augmented reality, and lets them use their creations in on-screen games. Read More
It's a fact of modern parenting that the only way of getting to use your tablet computer is to wait until your child is asleep, or get them a tablet of their own. LeapFrog is hoping its new kid-friendly LeapPad 3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi tablets could be the devices you choose to pry your little ones away from your smart devices long enough for you to send that email. Read More
Life can be cruel, folks. Just a few weeks ago I was road testing electric motorcycles, wind in my chest hair, livin' the dream. Then, in an instant, I became a dad – well, it was an instant for me, the missus might feel differently about it. Either way, here I am, reduced to writing a road test for a diaper bin. But a fine diaper bin it is, and I have resolved to attack this new topic with vigor and passion. Ladies and gentlemen, the nappy sausage machine. Read More
Lego has revealed a new line of play kits which are designed to combine its traditional brick-building and app-based gaming. The new Lego Fusion range will allow children to photograph their physical creations using a smartphone or tablet, and then see them brought to life in virtual worlds. Read More
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