Category: Tech Toys and Random Fun

The Women of NASA LEGO set is coming! #Shero!

Looks like it’s shaping up to be a very LEGO day at Cool Mom HQ. First we find the awesome Hamilton Musical LEGO set concept that you can vote for right now on the community site and now… (drumroll) at long last, the company has approved production of the community-generated The Women of NASA LEGO set! Related: The one scene in Hidden Figures all parents should be talking about Just announced today for production later in the year, the set was the brainchild of Maia Weinstock (@20tauri) who is perhaps deserving of her own LEGO minifig likeness one day. For now, I’m just excited to look...

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The Helio nightlight helps your kids learn as they fall asleep

Along with Turtle Mail, one of my other favorite finds at Toy Fair was Helio, a cool, educational nightlight that actually helps your kids learn as they fall asleep. And as someone with a child who has sleep issues, you can probably guess why I got so excited when I saw this. Created by a mom and dad who were struggling to get their son to learn his sight words, the first Helio model was actually made MacGyver style – from replacing a dream light’s top with sight words and projecting them up on the ceiling. When his teacher was...

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Turtle Mail lets family, friends, even the Tooth Fairy send paper messages to your kids.

One of my favorite new discoveries at Toy Fair 2017 was Turtle Mail, a cool WIFI-connected gadget that actually lets you send messages to your kids without them needing a screen. That’s because your little notes print out like a cash register receipt for your kids to read. So fun! Related: Toymail is a fun gadget for kids who aren’t ready for a cell phone  Invented by a couple of parents, Turtle Mail is super simple to set and use. With their Turtle Mail WebApp, you, or any friends or family you allow, can send a message to your child, like fun...

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Pixlplay turns any smart phone into a cool camera for kids

If your kids are like mine, they’re obsessed with taking pictures, and well, your phone is a better camera option than your DSLR. Except, it’s still a pretty expensive piece of tech.  So, when I heard about the Kickstarter campaign for the new Pixlplay camera for kids, which lets kids play photographer while protecting your phone, I was excited to try it out for a few days. The Pixlplay camera for kids is basically a housing device for your phone that looks like a real kids’ camera. The shutter button connects to your smart phone via the audio jack, so all you have to do is open...

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Let kids choose their own STEM adventure with the Electric Motors Catalyst box.

If you’re a regular Cool Mom Tech reader, then you know we love STEM-oriented toys for children, especially if they’re so fun and challenging that kids don’t notice they’re educational, like the new Electric Motors Catalyst box. Unlike some of the kits and subscription boxes I’ve seen, this box doesn’t come with an instruction booklet. Just 10 challenge cards asking kids to make “a device that can scramble an egg” or a gadget that can “draw a curvy line.” How they accomplish these goals is totally up to them. Cool, right? Related: Meet STEM Club: The new STEM gift subscription for kids from Amazon.  The...

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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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