Tag: tech toys

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Now with AI. And a sense of humor.

We’re big fans of Sphero, as you might guess considering we’ve featured lots of their cool tech toys here on Cool Mom Tech (BB-8 anyone?), so it’s no surprise we’re intrigued by their newest launch, Spider-Man. But unlike their other toys that move around, Spider-Man keeps you company without having to lift a finger. Or web. Related: Sphero 2.0 brings a whole new meaning to playing ball. This WIFI-connected interactive toy does everything from tell jokes to guard your room, all at your request. That’s right, just ask (or tell) Spider-Man what you need and he’ll take care of...

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Mover Kit: A new wearable STEM coding toy we had our kids put to the test

You’ll find no shortage of STEM kits for kids these days, many of which, like Bitsbox and Little Passports’ new Science Expeditions (just to name a couple), we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech. So, when our editor Kristen discovered the new Mover Kit, a wearable STEM coding toy, at Toy Fair this year, we wanted to have one of our kids use it to see if it’s really worth the $61 price tag. Related: 12 cool gifts for kids who love STEM The Mover Kit includes everything your child needs to build a LED light they can wear on their wrist (with a...

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Web Coolness: Tattoos that turn you into cyborgs, issues with smart TVs, and the dangers of smart toys

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   The perfect shirt for STEM-loving feminists, just in time for International Women’s Day. How text alerts to parents are preventing kids from skipping school. Well, here’s one way to ensure people actually read a post before they comment. Turns out WhatsApp and Signal apps were never insecure or hacked by the CIA. Using crafts to get girls excited about STEM. This is awesome! Too much social media is causing loneliness in young adults. Eep. These tattoos...

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3 simple questions to ask before you purchase a WIFI-connected smart toy for your kids

With the recent CloudPets hack, and others like it (remember Hello Barbie?), it’s becoming clearer that smart toys, particularly the stuffed animal kind, could pose a privacy risk that parents should know about. Don’t get us wrong, we love smart toys and have featured many here on Cool Mom Tech, like the new Toymail Talkies for example, and we think that they can be a cool addition to your kid’s toy box. And given their popularity, we’re pretty sure you’ll be seeing more and more of them hit the shelves in the coming months. But, before you fork over the...

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Web Coolness: The new NASA travel poster, a hot Instagram feature, and why people are leaving Snapchat

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   We’re loving this gorgeous new, free NASA travel poster. (via Laughing Squid) This device lets dads feel the fetus kicking in utero! Whoa. Ooh, wearable tech that’s actually chic and not gimmicky. Here’s how social media might be creating unrealistic parenting standards. Coming soon? Charging devices might be as simple as connecting to WIFI. Here’s everything you need to know about the hot new Instagram feature. 13 email etiquette rules from around the world. Randi Zuckerberg...

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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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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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28 seriously cool tech stocking stuffers for everyone on your list | Holiday Tech Guide 2016

Now for one of our favorite posts in our 2016 Cool Mom Tech Holiday Tech Gift Guide, we’re sharing the coolest tech stocking stuffers that won’t cost you a fortune. Okay so some are a little spendier than others but let’s be honest, often, the stocking stuffers can even more fun than what’s under the tree. From practical to fun to a little silly, check out these tech stocking stuffers and hurry, quick! Santa’s going to need them before you know it. Don’t miss our big CMT Holiday Gift Guide giveaway! Details below. Spoiler alert: You can win an iPad.  CMP is an rstyle...

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24 of the coolest geeky gifts for kids and teens to keep the holidays nerdy and bright | Holiday Tech Guide

Next up in our Cool Mom Tech Holiday Tech Gift Guide, we’ve got two dozen ideas for great geeky gifts for a kid in your life. From little babies just cutting their teeth on Nintendo (literally — you’ll see) to big kids and kids at heart who like their holiday goodies splattered with zombie blood, you’ll find cool geeky gifts to wear, gifts to play with, and gifts to hang on the tree. For educational gifts, you’ll definitely want to visit our post on the coolest educational tech toys for kids. This? Is just the random fun stuff we love. Don’t miss our...

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