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KiDCASE is a clever, new iPad smart case that puts more screentime control in parents’ hands

Watching our kids maneuver their way through all this new tech is a joy. It’s just so cool to see how much they’re doing and learning on these glowing gadgets. But the other side of that is trying to stay on top of what they’re watching, monitoring and managing their time on the devices. This is where KiDCASE comes into play. KiDCASE is an iPad smart case with built-in parental controls. I know. Rad, right? It’s just launched a Kickstarter campaign that we think a lot of parents will be into. Related: 8 smart tips for managing kids’ screen time First and foremost,...

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The Lily Camera is the first throw-and-shoot drone. Whoa.

We’ve seen a lot of cameras around here, and we’ve tested them out under some pretty extreme conditions. (Ask Kristen and me about our kayaking adventure at the GoPro Mountain Games sometime.) But we were all blown away when we learned about the Lily Camera, which is the first, well, throw-and-shoot video camera drone. The Lily Camera really is simple: No assembly required, just charge her battery, pop Lily’s tracking device in your pocket — or in the waterproof wrist case, if you’re in the water — toss her in the air, and take off. Lily automatically follows you using GPS,...

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Piquing our Geek: A 3D printer just for kids. Like they won’t be begging for that.

After spending a fun afternoon at Makerbot‘s NYC store last fall, my kids are  now completely fascinated with 3D printing. It’s a pretty phenomenal way to get kids creating, designing, coding and building. But the big challenges remain the cost, the access, and of course the safety. Those filaments get hot! Which they have to, to be able to melt into something pliable for model-making, then harden into the final product. Related: The micro 3D printer for your home that’s blowing up Kickstarter Bonsai Labs is on the case with an upcoming model for kids called the BS Toy 3D Printer that was...

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Piquing our Geek: The GE Cafe Series refrigerator now with a built-in Keurig brewer.

Even people who don’t love to cook seem to get excited about high-tech kitchen appliances. Combine that with people who love coffee, and I’m pretty sure that covers nearly the entire population. Or at least all of us geeks here. If you count yourself among us, you’ll be interested to know that GE and Keurig have teamed up to release a first-of-its-kind refrigerator with a single-serve brewing system built right into the door. Crazy, right? The new GE Cafe French door refrigerator is an evolution of a previous model with a hot water dispenser built in. I love the idea of being able to...

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MonBaby wearable baby monitor: Piquing our Geek

I am intrigued by all the new technologies and devices coming out that are designed to monitor and track a baby’s sleep patterns and movements. Products like the AngelCare Sleep Monitor and wearable devices like Sproutling are just the beginning of a slew of innovations in new parents’ future, from what we can tell. And a new Kickstarter campaign for a wireless baby monitor called MonBaby is another one to keep an eye on. For many new parents, worries about SIDS and just making sure the baby is sleeping and breathing well, can be overwhelming, which is really how the idea for the MonBaby  came about. The inventor wanted to create a solution that...

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Withings Home monitoring system: Piquing our geek

There’s no doubt that we are entering the era of the connected home. Products like the Belkin WeMo, WiFi slow cooker and Apple’s rollout of HomeKit just scratch the surface of the influx of technology we expect in the coming year to help with running your home efficiently. And remotely. Withings Home is yet another very cool example of that. Withings Home is a soon-to-be released monitoring platform that does everything from act as a security camera to alert you to environmental toxins in the air. All in one little device. And a beautiful device at that, which looks more like a mantle piece than a...

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Sync Smartband: A little peace of mind around their wrists

These days, there’s no shortage of cool tech that families can wear around their wrists, but it’s about to get more useful and sophisticated with the development of the Sync Smartband. Made in sizes for kids and their grown ups, this little watch-sized wristband promises to help a family track their fitness, health and allergy information, even the whereabouts of the kids in case someone wanders off at the mall. Currently a fully funded Indiegogo project with a couple of days of fundraising left (hurry!), what I like about the Sync Smartband is that it will provide useful information for people outside of my immediate...

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Piquing Our Geek: The Sproutling Wearable Baby Monitor

With products like Jawbone and Fitbit  and dozens more that are ushering us into a new era of wearable tech, it seems only natural that wearable tech for babies is next, right? But a wearable baby monitor that can sense, learn and predict your baby’s behavior? That almost sounds too good to be true–yet that’s exactly what the folks at Sproutling are claiming their revolutionary baby monitor will do for new parents. Since this is newfound territory, let’s start with the quality of the technology itself. It was created by former Apple and Google engineers alongside a team of child pediatric specialists and Ph.D scientists–how’s that for street cred? The Sproutling...

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Piquing Our Geek: Mink 3D makeup printer gives new meaning to DIY cosmetics

It’s likely you’ve seen or heard a lot about 3D printers lately, because they’re one of those holy moly tech gadgets that seem beyond comprehension. We’ve covered a couple on Cool Mom Tech and Cool Mom Picks, like the Micro 3D Printer and the Foodini 3D Printer (for food! Seriously!), but now we’ve come across the Mink 3D makeup printer and it’s really blowing our minds. The Mink 3D makeup printer lets you transform any color you see from any image on your smartphone, tablet or PC, into to a wearable cosmetic product. I’ll hold for the gasps. How it works:  Mink will provide you with...

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Lumafit fitness tracker: Wearable fitness tech for your ear.

I’m a triathlete and a data geek, so as you might imagine, I keep my eye on cool new innovations in fitness technology. Which is why I was intrigued when I discovered the Lumafit fitness tracker, now on Kickstarter. The Lumafit uses some of the brand new fitness technology that we saw at the International CES earlier this year, going way beyond what wrist-based fitness trackers can do, like the Jawbone UP or FitBit Flex. It’s worn at head level, attached to your ear, which means it’s intended to track core movements more accurately, from cardio activities like running and biking,...

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