Kids

  • To keep 21st century kids interested, classic toys have been getting high-tech makeovers lately. Now, a new company known as Blok.Party is targeting tabletop gaming with PlayTable, a tablet-like gaming console that uses physical pieces and runs an operating system based on a blockchain.
  • Many synthesizers are aimed squarely at adults, but hardware for youngsters occasionally comes along that's capable of satisfying grown ups, too. Such is the case with Blipblox, a music-making toy for kids which looks like so much fun that parents might just end up playing it themselves.​
  • Everybody wishes they were a kid again sometimes, and that feeling only gets stronger when you look at how cool toys are nowadays. New Atlas rounds up some of the best and most high-tech toys to help you spoil the kids this festive season (or yourself – we won’t tell anybody).
  • Meet Geio, an app-controlled battlebot that you drive from a first-person view to duke it out in a kind of robot laser tag match. New Atlas took one of these robots for a lonely test drive.
  • ​Glasgow's Curious Chip has today launched an edutainment handheld gaming device aimed at getting youngsters coding, tinkering and experimenting. Pip has been created to give the coders and makers of tomorrow the building blocks they need today.​
  • When Sony first released a cute robot dog back in 1999, the world went crazy for it. But all good things must come to an end, and the bots were discontinued in 2006. Now Sony's bringing the aibo back, and it looks better than ever. It's also quite a different beast to its playful ancestors.
  • The PlayStation DualShock controller has kept the same basic shape for over 20 years now, but they can be hard for kids to wrap their little hands around. Hori has unveiled the Mini Wired Gamepad, a licensed PS4 controller with a child-friendly form factor and a pocket-money price tag.
  • Educational technology company pi-top has launched an electronics design platform in the shape of a Pi-based modular laptop that's aimed at making hands-on learning simple and fun. The device also comes with an inventor's kit that includes simple and fun electronics projects.
  • Minibikes offer a great gateway to motorcycling for children, and Polini Motori stands out among the specialists in this field. Its new XP line targets riders aged 4 to 10 years old, producing two fully-equipped minicross models that leave very little to be desired compared to dad’s motocrosser.
  • Every parent knows what it's like to buy new clothes for their child, only to find they've already outgrown them by the second wash. A new kind of outerwear called Petit Pli could reduce waste, hassle, and perhaps money by expanding in size as the child grows.
  • With an automated future looming, getting our kids interested in coding is becoming just as important as reading, writing and arithmetic. The latest project to join efforts from Fisher-Price, Google and Osmo is Algobrix, a learning platform where youngsters build colorful bots and play with code.​
  • Adding a third dimension to sketches with a 3D printing pen can bring a whole new layer of fun to doodling. While other pens have a single extruder nozzle, Scribbler clearly believes that two heads are better than one, and has launched a dual nozzle 3D printing pen called the Duo on Kickstarter.​​