TDmonthly's ToyFair 2006 Preview--Electronics Product Category
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by HASBRO INC.
Battleship zAPPed is inspired by the Universal Pictures movie and uses the screen as the playing surface. Once ship pawns are placed on the screen, the iPad will automatically recognize which pawns are in play and when they are moved. Launch date: September 2012. 2/12/2012 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by HASBRO INC.
In this app-gameboard hybrid, the app handles all of the banking transactions. It also turns the Chance and Community Chest cards into mini games that affect the player’s progress. Launch date: June 2012. 2/12/2012 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
The Game of Life zAPPed
by HASBRO INC.
Download a free app to begin playing this update of the classic game Life. The app syncs with each player’s turn on the game board and shows appropriate clips from Vin Di Bona’s America’s Funniest Videos and humorous animations as they travel around the game board. Additionally, players can create their own “Peg Person” avatar and use the app’s virtual spinner on their iPad. Includes game board, 4 car movers, 52 pegs, money pack, 4 rubber pads, Quick Start Guide. iPad not included but required to play the game. For 2 to 4 Players. Launch date: February 10, 2012. 2/12/2012 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by IDENTITY GAMES
GameChanger is an electronic, multiplayer game board that works with the iPad. Featuring interactive animation and sound, GameChanger adds a whole new dimension to the traditional board game by creating a different experience every time you play. Kids are given the option of playing 6 different games; The Magic School Bus® from Scholastic or Animal Mania, plus 4 action games. The iPad simply slides into the GameChanger cradle, and one of the included game skins can be placed on top of the board. Parents can download the App, which is free with GameChanger purchase. The game pieces themselves interact with the iPad, which asks questions and assigns tasks, so players always know whose turn it is. A “spin” of the wheel on the iPad lets players move their pawn across the game board. Since the game board and the iPad are connected, all game play is completely guided and tracked. Launch date: February 12, 2012. 2/10/2012 (Price: $79.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Switch & Go Dinos
Two of boys' most popular toys - dinosaurs and vehicles - have been brought together to create a unique 2-in-1 play experience with VTech's Switch & Go Dinos. Each toy transforms from a dinosaur to a vehicle and back again in a few simple steps. Each comes equipped with an LCD screen for customized animation, dinosaur and vehicle sound effects and educational dinosaur facts. The line features seven unique and collectible dinosaur toys. Launch date: February 10, 2012.
— As of 10/30/2012 this product had 4.6 out of 5 stars from 43 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros:
Durable; easy for kids to make the transformation happen; sounds change between dinosaur noises and car noises, depending on which form the toy is in. Cons:
One reviewer said the toy was too noisy. 2/10/2012 (Price: $15.99)
HEXBUG® Nano Zip Line Starter Set
by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.
The HEXBUG Nano Zip Line Starter Set unlocks new possibilities and nearly endless heights for the Nano to explore. Once the set is built, each daredevil Nano bug can bravely scurry up the curvy spiral ramp where it will connect to the zip line with the help of its custom-fit “backpack”, and soar down to the lower-level cul-de-sac where it preps to do it all over again. In addition to serving as the perfect starter kit for first time Nano owners, this set makes a great connecting piece that can bridge the gap between any other existing habitat sets, enabling children to customize and create the ultimate playground for their HEXBUG Nano to traverse. The HEXBUG Nano Zip Line Starter Set includes 23 easy-connect pieces and one extremely rare Nano mutation with removable zip line backpack. Launch date: 2012. 2/8/2012 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
HEXBUG® Scarab Micro Robotic Creatures
by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.
The HEXBUG® Scarab is an exceptionally high-speed, mechanical, beetle-like robotic bug that skitters around on six angled legs. The high energy micro robotic creature propels itself forwards and backwards, and is capable of popping from its back to its feet if placed upside down. The Scarab’s lifelike behavior is eerily mesmerizing to watch and interact with. Packed with advanced design and engineering, each Scarab has an inner body loaded with robotic intelligence, protected by a hard, transparent exoskeleton casing. The HEXBUG Scarab moves so frenetically that it is nearly impossible to follow without a slow motion camera. The combination of the HEXBUG Scarab’s six specially designed angular legs, coupled with its lightning speed, make it easy to for it to propel against obstacles in its path and flip over if caught on its back. Three button cell batteries are included. Available in an assortment of five translucent colors including: Green, Blue, Orange, Black and Red. Launch date: November 2012. 2/8/2012 (Price: $14.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
MIMOMICRO™ Card Readers & Drives
by MIMOCO INC.
MIMOMICRO™ can be used as a USB flash drive with interchangeable microSD memory cards, and also functions as a microSD card reader to transport data between mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, digital cameras, and mp3 players to one's computer. "MIMOMICRO™ boasts three dimensional sculpted characters and the first in a series of vehicles. MIMOMICRO's cap-free design with flip-out USB plug also includes a built-in keychain and LED indicator light. Measuring a mere 1.6" H x 1.0" W in its compact form factor, MIMOMICRO™ lives up to its name," Clint Weiler, PR for mimoco llc, told TDmonthly
. Launch date: March 2012. ( Watch Video)
2/1/2012 (Price: $12.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Mechatars - Wrexx
by BOSSA NOVA ROBOTICS
Descending from a long line of savage and warlike tribes, Wrexx lives his life for the fight. Wrexx is an unusually gifted warrior who can frequently score critical damage points, but he's also a bit fiery and unpredictable. Wrexx uses RF technology to communicate wirelessly with other Mechatars, including Alphas, Kodars, and other Wrexx. Wrexx lives in two worlds: Earth, and the Mechaverse. He evolves as he trains with other Mechatars and battles the Swarm, in the human world and in the Mechaverse (accessible via free online play). Wrexx continually develops new skills and capabilities for never-ending fun. 1/27/2012 (Price: $39.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
LeapFrog Scribble and Write
Light the way to early writing with Scribble & Write Children trace the lights to get practice drawing simple shapes and pictures, then graduate to learning upper- and lowercase letters with step-by-step guidance. Fun learning games help reinforce letter knowledge.
— As of 12/13/2011 this product had 4.3 out of 5 stars from 212 reviews on Amazon.com. 12/16/2011 (Price: $21.99)
DJ Rock Dock
by SMARTLAB TOYS
Old-school and new-school technology collide in this plug n' play portable speaker dock kids build themselves. Rock the house or take the show on the road. Kids learn basic electronics by investigating how speakers and amplification work. Docking station works with iPod, iTouch, and other audio devices. Launch date: September 2012. 12/9/2011 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Screen Laptop
by FISHER-PRICE INC.
This toy laptop's nine colorful keys are easy to press, bringing learning to life on the animated screen so baby can learn numbers, shapes, colors, object names, initial letters, and more. Flip the lid open and closed, or bat and roll the mouse for alphabet fun. Plenty of sing-along songs, words, sounds and exciting activities, in both English and Spanish. Baby gets responses by tapping keys, rolling the mouse, or flipping the lid open and closed to discover A-B-C’s, counting and much more. Learn numbers, greetings and more in Spanish, too. 12+ sing-along songs and fun tunes, plus sounds and rewarding phrases.
— As of 10/26/2011 this product had 4.4 out of 5 stars from 15 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros:
Lots of variety keeps it from becoming repetitive or boring. Cons:
Can smash babies' fingers when closed. 11/17/2011 (Price: $19.99)
LEGO Walkie Talkies
by DIGITAL BLUE
These walkie-talkies with cool LEGO styling stay connected up to a mile away. They are easy to use - one channel, simple push-to-talk-button and volume control.
— As of 10/26/2011 this product had 3.9 out of 5 stars from 37 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros:
Easy to use; fun design. Cons:
Batteries run out quickly. 11/17/2011 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
TeeGee: The Smartest Stuffed Animal in the Universe
TeeGee is a fully interactive, customizable stuffed animal capable of telling stories, singing songs, and playing games with children. TeeGee is able to interact with the world through smart accessories, speech recognition, and other modes of communication. Parents can customize TeeGee's behavior by downloading age-appropriate apps from our online app store or the iTunes app store. Launch date: August 2011. 11/11/2011 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Password Journal 2011
by MATTEL INC.
This updated Password Journal includes a new look and feel with some of the cool features tweens love most about previous versions including a microphone to record voice for security access. Also, a voice recording alerts you when intruders have tried to access your journal. This version has a new feature: a hidden compartment that only the user can access by using a second voice—activated password. The Journal comes with a pen and an assortment of fun stickers to decorate with. Light allows girls to share special messages with friends.
— As of 11/04/2011 this product was 19.99 on Amazon.com
— As of 11/04/2011 this product had 3.2 out of 5 stars from 26 reviews on Amazon.com. Cons: Sound quality is poor; batteries ran out quickly. 11/7/2011 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
AnyBook Reader - 60 Hour Edition
by FRANKLIN ELECTRONIC PUBLISHERS
AnyBook Reader is a reading enhancement and reinforcement tool enabling language and reading enjoyment and improvement. This flexible record and playback tool with 60 hours of recording time enables read-out-loud record and playback by parent and/or child, building experience, confidence and reading ability. By recording their own reading voice the child can reinforce their own reading performance and the ability to record and playback any book or text tailors the reading and learning experience to the individual child. With ease parents can “read” to their child whenever he or she desires. The AnyBook Reader uses a simple touch, record, playback process that allows users to record the words on any page of any book so they can read to their children or grandchildren even when they’re not there. The AnyBook Reader comes with a selection of AnyBook Reader stickers. Each sticker uses a unique code which allows users to associate different recordings with every page of the book. These stickers use special glue that won’t damage the book so they can be removed and re-used at any time.
— As of 10/25/2011 this product had 4.8 out of 5 stars from 6 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros:
A great way for distant family members to stay connected with kids; can be used with any book; stickers are reusable. Cons:
Takes a little while to set up. 10/25/2011 (Price: $59.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
AnyBook Reader - 15 Hour Edition
by FRANKLIN ELECTRONIC PUBLISHERS
AnyBook Reader is a reading enhancement and reinforcement tool enabling language and reading enjoyment and improvement. This flexible record and playback tool with 15 hours of recording time enables read-out-loud record and playback by parent and/or child, building experience, confidence and reading ability. By recording their own reading voice the child can reinforce their own reading performance and the ability to record and playback any book or text tailors the reading and learning experience to the individual child. With ease parents can “read” to their child whenever he or she desires. The AnyBook Reader uses a simple touch, record, playback process that allows users to record the words on any page of any book so they can read to their children or grandchildren even when they’re not there. The AnyBook Reader comes with a selection of AnyBook Reader stickers. Each sticker uses a unique code which allows users to associate different recordings with every page of the book. These stickers use special glue that won’t damage the book so they can be removed and re-used at any time.
— As of 10/25/2011 this product had 5 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros:
Easy to use; Can be used with any book; a good way for parents and family members who live far away to connect with children. 10/25/2011 (Price: $34.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Wow Stuff My Keepon Interactive Dancing Robot
by CHINA INDUSTRIES LTD
The Wow! Stuff My Keepon is the dancing robot that moves to any music. The tiny microphone in My Keepons nose allows him to hear the music kids play or even the rhythms they make themselves. My Keepon listens for the tempo of the music and matches the beat with an uncanny sense of timing. My Keepon can dance to any style of music, from slow ballads to pop music. Each performance is an original and unique interpretation. With an array of touch sensors underneath his playful textured skin, My Keepon responds to poking, patting, squeezing or tickling by looking around, showing his mood and making expressive sounds. As soon as My Keepon wakes up, he wants to play and will try to attract attention. My Keepon sits on top of his very own performance stage, which contains most of the robotic mechanism, so My Keepon himself can be soft and squishy to touch. Launch date: October 2011.
— As of 10/18/2011 this product had 5 out of 5 stars from 1 review on ToysRUs.com. 10/21/2011 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by SMART PLAY LLC
A fun way to discover 100 everyday sounds. Children will be delighted to hear sounds that come to life when bar codes are scanned by using the Smart Pen. Crystal clear technology teaches animals, musical instruments, vehicles, machinery and nature sounds. The sounds are recorded in high fidelity and are very realistic. 50 double sided learning cards are included for hours of learning fun. Launch date: July 2011.Awards:
2011 Creative Child Toy of the Year 9/8/2011 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
HEXBUG® Larva Micro Robotic Creatures
by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.
The HEXBUG® Larva is a micro robotic creature that slithers forward on smooth surfaces using a slow, rhythmic flexing motion. Just like real larvae, each of these creepy crawlers reacts to its environment, instinctively changing direction upon sensing an object in its path and wriggling off to explore a clear, undisturbed path ahead. Its behavior is eerily mesmerizing to watch and interact with. The HEXBUG Larva is CPSIA approved for kids ages 8 and up. The HEXBUG Larva features a forward facing infrared sensor that allows it to detect fellow squirming larvae and other objects in its path. When the HEXBUG Larva encounters a road block, it spins around on two micro robotic wheels hidden beneath its hard exterior shell and heads off in a new direction. Three button cell batteries are included. Available in various translucent colors including Red, Green, Indigo, Orange and Black. Launch date: mid-August 2011. 8/2/2011 (Price: $14.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer
Though sleek and thin, the LeapPad can withstand kids' roughhousing and dirty fingers. Designed to be flipped, shaken, and turned by little hands, the LeapPad comes with a tilt sensor for game control that puts kids in the middle of the action. A 5-inch color touch screen makes it easy for kids of all ages to learn and interact. There are more than 100 learning games, videos, books, and apps available, and topics covered include spelling, phonics skills, mathematics, science, music, geography, and more.
— As of 8/29/2011 this product had 4 out of 5 stars from 96 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros:
Larger screen than other LeapFrog products; works with Leapster explorer games and apps; comes with extra stylus in case one gets lost. Cons:
Screen and camera resolution are low; takes 4 batteries; processing is slow; most apps need to be purchased separately. 6/30/2011 (Price: $99.99)
Spy Gear : Security Scanner
by WILD PLANET
The Security Scanner is a hand-held metal detector that mimics those used by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials at airports. Kids can scan every "agent" from head to toe—the LED alarm system alerts them when someone is hiding metal objects. Requires 1 9V (6LR61) batteries (not Included). 6/17/2011 (Price: $27.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Electronics Learning Circuits
by THAMES & KOSMOS
Kids construct circuits with colorful electric building blocks to learn about electricity and how electronic devices work. The innovative snap-together blocks in the ElectronX building system make learning electronics fun and accessible. Use the blocks’ bright colors and unique shapes, and easy-to-follow assembly diagrams to construct a variety of functional circuits. Includes Over 70 different experiments and building projects, plus capacitors, resistors, LEDs, phototransistor, cable blocks, battery holder, speaker, sound-integrated circuit, 30 contact blocks, and a 64-page, full color manual. Launch date: June 2011. 5/27/2011 (Price: $39.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by THE LEARNING JOURNEY INTERNATIONAL
Children can carry along their own electronic tablet with the ABC WordPad, a compact electronic learning device that looks and feels like a little tablet. It features include five different learning activities: Letter Learning Fun, Word Learning Fun, Find It!, Spelling Practice Fun and Music Fun. This portable playbook requires two “AA” batteries (included). Launch date: May 2011.Awards:
2011 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award; 2011 Dr Toy 10 Best High Tech Products and 100 Best Children's Products. 4/29/2011 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
3-in-1 All Terrain Robot
by OWI INC.
The 3-in-1 All Terrain Robot is a multi-function tracked mobile robotic kit. Kids can utilize different track modules to create either a forklift, rover, or gripper. Using the wired controller, kids can command the robot to move forward, backward, turn, grip, and lift. In forklift mode, the ATR can lift up to 100 g in weight. The rover's tank-like treads can traverse all types of surfaces. In gripper mode, the ATR can grab and lift anything up to 100 g and move it to a new location. The kit can be taken apart and put together again many times. Contains 157 pieces; average assembly time of 1.5 hrs. 4/21/2011 (Price: $49.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
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