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.
After exceeding its funding target on Indiegogo, the Extreme Fliers Micro Drone 3.0, a compact drone with live video streaming, is starting to ship to backers. We recently got the chance to take a closer look at one and see if it really flies as well as it does in the promo videos. We also checked out features including its modular design and First Person View flying mode.
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.
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.
Whether they've been crossing the English Channel, traversing the Alps, or attempting to fly around the world, solar-powered planes have been in the news a lot this year. While the aircraft are certainly fascinating and inspiring, there's no way that most of would ever be able to afford one … or is there? If a new Kickstarter campaign is successful, you'll be able to get a Volta Flyer solar airplane for just US$40. The only thing is, it'll be a little on the small side.
We first saw WowWee's Miposaur robot at the London Toy Fair in January where it was self-balancing on two wheels similar to its older android sibling MiP. We recently tested out this T-rex's new features, which include an indoor GPS system for its TrackBall, a new phone app that extends the robot's abilities, and backwards compatibility with the old MiP to duke it out, virtual-laser-style.
Remote controlled cars make for some great small-scale demolition derbies, but unless there's a second person to play with, the game gets dull real fast. At this year's London Toy Fair, WowWee unveiled its Robotic Enhanced Vehicles (REV), robotic race cars that allow players to battle against one another or against an AI opponent. We recently charged up a pair, launched the control app, and let the mayhem begin.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens doesn't hit cinemas
until December, but already the rolling, bleeping BB-8 droid that
features in it has proved a hit with audiences. Now you can buy your
very own working version of the robot, thanks to a replica toy produced
Looking to both solve the problem of children quickly outgrowing their rides and give parent and child a fun project to create together, two Dutch inventors dreamed up Infento. The name, inspired by the Latin for "infinite makes," is a collection of creative ride-ons for ages 0-13. With just a hex key and a couple of hours, an adult and child can make a sledge, a recumbent bike, a trike with a cargo box, and more.