The Smartest Tech for Kids
While kids seem naturally attuned to our world's digital ways, there are some new tech toys that will give these young digital natives more engaging and helpful exposure to the world they’re inheriting.
Kurio 7 Android Tablet
First, there is the Kurio 7 child-friendly tablet that allows kids to surf the Web securely and safely. The device features large swipeable icons for everything from ebooks to games. A suite of easy-to-use parental controls allows parents to set up eight different profiles for individual users that control how long the device can be played and even what time of day it can be used. Software that categorizes websites also allows parents to block those they don't want their kids perusing. [See video of all products]
Create & Learn Apptivity Case
To inspire a child's imagination there’s the Create & Learn Apptivity Case from Fisher-Price. The durable case by OtterBox is designed as a holster for an iPad; it includes a stylus and a stand. With the "write and create" app, kids can practice writing their letters. The "explore" mode includes fun facts about 26 objects that kids can learn about and interact with on the screen. But it's the 13 double-sided augmented-reality cards tucked in the back of the case that, with the use of a rear camera, should really capture kids’ attention. According to the card selected, each card displays its own 3D interactive model that appears to come to life off the screen.
For every child who has spent countless hours playing with Legos and dreaming that his or her creation could come to life, Legos Mindstorms EV3 has arrived. An "intelligent brick" connected to sensors and motors makes the robot programmable through buttons right on the brick. Kids can also plug the robot into their computer to create more involved programs. [See also: 7 Robots That Succeeded in Everyday Life ]
The intelligent brick also allows the robots to be controlled by kids from smartphones or an infrared remote. Through infrared technology, kids can also control their robot’s movements via motions and gestures.