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Google's programmable Lego-like blocks teach kids to code

With an increasingly digital future ahead of us, kids are being taught programming skills at younger and younger ages. Play is often the best way to start learning, and we've seen toys like the Code-a-Pillar and Photon robot developed to fill that role. Now, Google Research is aiming to accelerate the expansion of the field with Project Bloks, an open-source hardware platform for developers to create "tangible programming" tools for kids.Read More

Electronics

Elex Pipe takes circuit building off the board

Though we use all manner of electronic gadgetry every day, few of us know what makes them tick. Learning about electronics and programming can be tough though and, let's face it, a little dry. A number of startups have made efforts to spice the learning process up recently – making use of robots, modules and micro labs to make experimentation fun and accessible. The latest to join the crowd is Mad Tatu with a circuit building system that rises up from the table top for 3D projects that look like a crazy plumber has turned his hand to teaching. Read More

Children

Alien robot gives kids a "crash" course in coding

Programming is an increasingly important skill in our digital world, and there's no shortage of toys designed to teach kids to code. Kamibot, Code-a-Pillar, Codeybot, Kibo and Vortex are just a few of your options from the last few years, and now Photon has crash-landed among the ranks. This little guy comes complete with a backstory to engage kids, teach them the basics of coding and reward them with the unlocking of new abilities.Read More

Automotive

Calling all test drivers 10 and younger

Anyone who sat behind the wheel of a car as a kid and imagined they were driving it may wish they could turn back the clock and move to the UK. Young Driver Motor Cars Limited recently completed production of a two-seater car designed specifically for kids from five to ten years old, and they're looking for test drivers to give it a go.Read More

Children

Teeny Tesla Model S for Kids (almost) ready to roll

Thanks to a collaboration between veteran toy maker Radio Flyer and Elon Musk's Tesla Motors, 3-8 year-old electric car enthusiasts will soon be able to hit the parks and sidewalks in their very own Model S. The single seater can zoom along at up to 6 mph for around 6 miles before needing to hit the plug-in charger for a top up.Read More

Children

Customizable Smart-Kart offers kids a speedy ride and gives parents smartphone monitoring

Ever since Toyota began exploring the world of serious automotive toys with its Camatte concepts, we've been waiting and hoping for it – or someone – to build a customizable, drivable kid's car for the modern era. The new Arrow Smart-Kart from Actev Motors isn't quite the proper mini-car the evolving Camatte is, but it does offer a similar experience: a vehicle for young kids to customize and drive. The accompanying smartphone app gives parents peace of mind, delivering emergency controls and monitoring.
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Children

Mattel brings back ThingMaker as a 3D printer for kids

Mattel has announced that it's bringing back ThingMaker, its toy making kits which launched in the 1960s. But this time around ThingMaker will get a modern make-over and consist of a fully functioning US$300 3D printer designed specifically for kids. Used with a companion app, this will allow young creators to design and print their own toys at home.Read More

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