This year's International Toy Fair in New York was full of cool surprises and tech gadgetry for kids, including a newly updated digital camera designed to withstand tough preschool-age play, electronic room accessories for tweens and a card game version of a popular game app.
Fisher Price has had a nearly indestructible digital camera for kids on the market for a long time, and their newest model brings it to the next level with the addition of a 180 degree swiveling lens, so kids can take pictures of themselves or what's in front of the camera (something they're used to if they've ever handled a smartphone with a front-facing camera).
The Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera is also built with a super-resilient case, so it's suitable for kids 3 years old and up. It's expected to retail for $69.99 starting in July.
- 1.2 megapixel imager (with lowlight capability)
- records video and still images
- 1.8" TFT color screen
- HD recording
- 4x zoom
- 1.8 LCD screen on the back
- 256MB of internal memory
- SD card slot for more room
- on-camera software includes stamps, borders and more
- Parents can download additional free software for PC to add more special effects or to edit videos
How many of us know friends with an Angry Birds addiction, or "suffer" from one ourselves? Now we can all partake in the avian tomfoolery in the real world with Mattel's Angry Birds Knock On Wood card game, first revealed at CES earlier this year and now announced for a May release.
And how about using your inkjet printer to customize Barbie dolls' hairdos? That's the idea behind Barbie Hairtastic Printables, another Mattel offering. Just insert the printable extensions into your home printer, and out comes doll hair decorated with patterns, stamps and uploaded images. The $29.99 set comes with a Barbie doll and 8 sheets of printable hair extensions. How long before they offer something similar for kids to use on themselves?
Another popular Toy Fair stopover was the William Mark Corp. booth, which featured remote-controlled flying fish known as Air Swimmers. Expected to retail at $39.99 this summer, Air Swimmers contain refillable helium balloons that receive commands from an infrared remote.
Finally, Sakar Electronics had a large suite of tween-focused electronics themed to the popular Monster High franchise. Kids can get their monster on with items like headphones, door alarms, intercoms, secret decoder pens and diaries, cases for phones and games consoles, and a pink, black and blue karaoke machine decorated with skulls. Look for products at Toys R Us later this year.
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