Andrew Harmon


 

 

 

 

Kids

 

New Nintendo 3DS XL - $174.99

I've played Nintendo growing up and seeing as it now looks better in a handheld version than it ever did in my house.  Thankfully kids and some adults can now fully enjoy some amazing technology with an added bonus of 3D innovations.

Luckily I was able to get my hands on the first 3DS version and I will admit the 3D effect did nothing for me except make me a bit weezy.  Nintendo upgraded the 3DS with a new advanced head-tracking technology to give you a wider viewing range.  Plus you can turn the feature off.  With the device's upgraded processor will ensure games load quickly and look amazing.  Nintendo also brings the new “C-Stick” that allows for easier control of the in-game camera viewing option.

On the negative side is that Nintendo 3DS XL does not come with a charger.  Meaning you have to buy a seperate component before you can even play the system right out of the box.  So go find yourself a charger that includes a USB port.  You can charge the device on the go via a laptop or standard USB car charger.  True plug and play ability.

 

Fire HD 7 Kids Edition - $189.99

Amazon's Fire HD 7 Kids Edition tablet is the ideal device for young kids to use on a long car ride.  Sadly that great design feature also makes it very prone to being dropped and broken.  Another great reason the Fire HD 7 Kids Edition is so fantastic is that when it does drop and breaks it won't set your wallet back way to much.

The Amazon Fire HD 7 Kids Edition tablet also comes with a two-year “no-questions-asked” warranty that ensures you will get a new tablet even if you have an unfortunate “accident”.  You also get included a one-year Amazon FreeTime Unlimited that offers parental controls over content and usage time.  A great little piece of technology for those of you with kids whom seem to get lost in their gadgets.

This particular model features a 7-inch screen, 8GB of storage capacity, and a pink casing. However, there is also a 6-inch version and additional options with more storage capacity and other casing colors.

 

Codie Robot – Price TBD

Kids control the Codie robot with a touch-screen app featuring a custom, visual coding language. That intuitive language organizes robotics code into action blocks. By arranging the action blocks on the app interface, children create programs without using a keyboard. This enables kids to start building their first programs in minutes.

After mastering the basics, the Codie app introduces more advanced programming concepts like loops and subroutines at appropriate times. By progressing alongside each child, Codie continues to engage its 8-to-12-year-old target age group, while being challenging to a wider audience, too.

The Codie robot merges the warmth of traditional wooden toys with today’s most advanced technology. Its strong, bonded-wood housing is precision milled and packs in sensors that measure distance, acceleration, direction and more.

In playing with Codie, children become familiar with logical thinking and problem solving, the basis of all technology. Many organizations now recognize coding as the new literacy and Codie’s founders are advancing the movement by getting kids coding at a young age.

 

Kidz Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset Headphones with Boom Microphone - $29.99

Ideal children’s headphones for educational use, including reading, foreign language, and phonics lessons.  The flexible boom microphone is lightweight and clearly picks up omnidirectional sound. The headphones feature proprietary KidzControl™ Volume Limit Technology to ensure child-safe listening. Works with smartphones, tablets, and any audio device that supports microphones.

Osmo

With Masterpiece, users snap a picture of anything or anyone and use Osmo’s award winning Reflective AI technology to help guide them as they draw line-by-line to recreate the image.  A major evolutionary upgrade to the long history of drawing tools, such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s grid method, Masterpiece assists you as you learn to draw better, helping you recreate what you are actually seeing in front of you, nurturing your spatial intelligence and building confidence in your instincts over time. Once you’ve finished your drawing you can frame it, stick it on the fridge or save it digitally to share with friends and family.

Masterpiece launches with these incredible features:
-Infinite Library - Images can be captured via camera or pulled from an internet search, making Masterpiece a modern drawing (or coloring) book with infinite number of pages!
-AutoLine and AutoShade - Osmo's Reflective AI automatically analyzes the digital image to suggest best lines and shades to draw.
-Composition - You can rotate, zoom and move the digital template to fit your imagination on paper. Masterpiece also allows combinations of multiple objects from real life or online images to make completely new compositions.
-Video Capture - Masterpiece makes an amazing time-lapse video of each of your drawings that is a fun and unique movie for you to share with friends and family!

Masterpiece works for all ages. A child can draw their favorite character, a teenager can draw a comic strip, and parents can draw their kids playing. Masterpiece works on any surface and with several types of drawing instruments. Pens on newsprint make a great coloring book, crayons on construction paper make unique and original birthday cards, and charcoal on bristol board make a piece of fine art!




 

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