Category: Tech Toys and Random Fun

These Star Wars bouquets are what we want for Valentine’s Day.

As big time Star Wars geeks, these Star Wars bouquets from Think Geek are the way to our heart for Valentine’s Day. And if you’ve got a special someone who can quote all the lines in The Force Awakens or who’s got a collection of Rogue One t-shirts, then I’m guessing these might just be the Valentine’s Day gift for them too. And bonus: they won’t wilt after a few days, and no water required. May the Force be with you in choosing just...

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A vending machine that sells earbuds, chargers, and Advil. Why didn’t we think of this?

I’ve seen a lot of cool vending machines in my life (hello, beer vending machine in Japan), but the this cool techie vending machine I spotted at NYU the other day ranks pretty high up. You might have seen Vengo on Shark Tank, where they scored $2 million dollars in funding, and well, I can’t say I’m surprised. I was pretty impressed with the sexy interface, and featured items, which included everything from earbuds to extra charging cables, even portable battery chargers. Also, Advil. I can only imagine what they’ll think of next, like maybe a cupcake vending machine?...

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12 of the coolest products and tech gadgets for parents from CES 2017. Holy cow, the future is here!

This year at CES 2017, family and baby tech each had its own summit (wow!) and bevy of exhibitors sharing some of the hottest new gadgets for parents. Seriously, where were all these incredible gadgets when my kids were babies? While there were tons incredible products for parents at CES 2017, I narrowed it down to 12 that I think are the coolest or at least, the most interesting. And all of which are worth having on your radar. Related: 6 baby monitors from CES 2017 that do way more than monitor Snoo Smart Sleeper For Happiest Baby on the Block fans, Dr. Harvey...

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The Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle: Give kids exercise while feeding their iPad addiction

Every year at CES, there’s a tech gadget for kids (sometimes more) that makes us go “Hmmm.” Remember the iPad Potty? Well, this year, the award goes to the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle, which is a mini exercise bike for kids that connects to your tablet. Now I get that as adults, having our smart phone or tablet on our stationary bike is a lifesaver. Trust me, I have run over 13 miles at one time on a treadmill and watching Netflix was the only way I got through it. But, we’re talking about kids here. Kids...

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The cool holiday tech gift for kids that you’ll want to steal from them

We love finding tech gifts for kids that they can play with all on their own, no tools or engineering degree required for assembly. And of course, they have to be the kinds of gifts that don’t end up in the back of a closet after one use! That’s why we’re so thrilled to be working with our sponsor Parrot again this holiday season, because hello? Parrot Minidrones! Like, best gift ever. On their behalf we put together this fun video to show you how ridiculously fun their Minidrones are — and how quickly and easily Kristen’s 8 and 9-year kids got the...

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Cubetto: A robot that teaches kids to code, even before they can read. No screens required.

You know how much we love to find a cool, innovative STEM toys for kids at Cool Mom Tech. Well, we think the brand new Cubetto robot by Primo Toys definitely belongs on wish lists this holiday season, especially if you’re shopping for preschoolers. Get this: Your young kids can learn programming with Cubetto before they even learn to read. How cool is that? Cubetto is a boxy wooden robot on wheels with a cute little smile. By using the coding blocks on the control board, kids direct Cubetto’s movements forward, right or left. Of course, these are very basic coding principles, but learning them early will let...

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Flybrix kits let kids build their own LEGO drones. Then crash them. Then build them again.

Of all the STEM toys out there for kids these days, LEGOs are my hands-down favorite. Except when I step on them, that is. Over the years, we’ve seen so many companies incorporate them in their learning toys and no surprise, considering how popular they are. That’s why we’re so intrigued by Flybrix, which teaches kids to build their own LEGO drones. As in, real, flying drones. Related: Rebrickable helps breathe new life into your kids’ old LEGO sets Last week, Flybrix launched their kid-made drone kits, which include LEGO bricks to build your drone, along with 8 propellers, a pre-programmed Flybrix flightboard, and all...

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Pokémon Go Plus: You can now play Pokémon Go without your phone. Take that, Pikachu.

Just when you were about to clothe you Pokémon Go lover in padded suits and a helmet, Nintendo launches Pokémon Go Plus, a handy wearable that lets PG lovers play without their phone. The small Bluetooth-enabled device can be worn on a belt, in a pocket, or on the strap around your wrist, and once it’s paired with your phone, you can play the game without looking at your screen. Yes, it actually lights up when you’ve encountered a PokéStop or a Pokémon, and with a simple press of button, you can collect items or catch the creature in...

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This gadget does what? 5 outrageously crazy new tech gadgets you never knew you needed. (And still don’t.)

Most of the tech pitches I receive fall into a few categories: 1) Wow, that’s super cool 2) Hmm, possibly, I’ll take a closer look and 3) Eh, no thanks. But with the proliferation of crowdfunding campaigns and sheer numbers of tech products being developed and pitched daily, the formation of another category has taken shape. 4)  What on earth??? I now realize it’s my duty to share them, if only for a look into what’s on the minds of tech entrepreneurs these days and which problems they are trying to solve, even if they’re not really problems. Or hey, maybe one of these items will appeal to...

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Make a splash with these 6 must-see geeky-cool pool floats and rafts

When it’s time to unplug the devices and hit the pool, lake, or ocean to cool off, I know my kids love stretching out and relaxing on a comfy pool float or raft while they talk to their friends. And, whoa, they would go nuts for any of these totally cool options we found, that reflect their love of all things tech, gaming, and geekery. Heck, I know plenty of adults who would love these too. So keep reading for six of the coolest geeky pool floats and rafts for our plugged-in kids. Just leave the electronics on dry land, okay? CMP is an...

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