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Clearly we love technology here at G.Whiz! I mean that's no secret. I would have loved to have attended the 2011 New York Toy Fair. It's certainly on my list of things to do before I kick the bucket....you know...My Bucket List. I would tell you what else was on my bucket list but you may find me a little weird lol.
We thought we'd share with you some of the top tech toys of the fair:
Cheating again? This time, your board game knows. This fall Hasbro will release Monopoly Live, a digitally guided spin on the classic game. A tower sits at the center of the board, presiding over game play with Sauron-like omniscience. And that's not all that's changed. In this latest version, there are no dice, no iconic paper currency. Instead, players hold their hand over their game piece while the game “rolls” for you and announces your next move.
The newest robotic pal from Mattel, Fijits are soft plastic aliens with a passion for dancing. Using beat detection technology, the dolls perform different movements for different tempos and come with four songs of their own. Haven't danced with your doll in a while? It'll remind you that it's bored. Set to hit store shelves this fall, Fijits are essentially a plastic desk toy with Flubber's personality.
Angry Birds Knock On Wood board game
Oh my! Who doesn't love Angry Birds? You can find this app on the Android market as well as iTunes.
Your favorite app come to life, Angry Birds: Knock On Wood is your chance to actually sling cross little birds across the room. The table-top game comes with blocked structures, the catapult-like launcher and of course, the little birds and pigs locked in epic battle. To play, one player must draw a construction card and build the structure shown while the opponent loads a bird into the launcher to demolish the newly built pig habitat. It'll be in stores in May.
Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera
The second generation of kid-friendly cameras from Fisher-Price takes easy picture taking to an advanced level. The extremely durable (read: drop proof) rubberized casing avoids breaks and easy-to-use double viewfinder make beginning photography simple, but with the See Yourself kids can opt for the advanced course as well. The rotating lens allows kids to easily take self-portraits or shoot HD video. Available in July, the camera also includes fun stamps and effects that are applied on the small LCD screen for fun printable images.
Barbie Hairtastic Printables
Hmmm...we're still trying to figure out how this one works??
Forget dye. This year, Mattel is bringing the world printable hair extensions. The new Barbie Hairtastic Printables software allows kids to design their own hair extensions from a collection of patterns and colors, or import art or photos from their own computer. Sheets of paper with the hair extension attached are then run through a standard inkjet printer and then, volia, instant (removable!) crazy hair. Extensions are available in human and Barbie size and will be in stores for fall, 2011.
Hot Wheels Video Racer
Is there a future James Cameron in your house? This fall, Hot Wheels is getting into the movie business. With Video Racer, kids can shoot, edit and screen their own high-speed action film. A tiny camera embedded inside a standard-sized Hot Wheels car can shoot up to 12 minutes of high-quality footage as the tiny car speeds down the race track. The video can be exported onto a computer and edited with Mattel's own easy-to-use video software. They've even got ready-to-go music, scene transition clips and special effects to give these video shorts a little something extra.
Let's Rock Elmo
For the first time, Hasbro has licensed a line of Sesame Street toys, and its new Let's Rock Elmo is an impressive inaugural effort. The robotic doll sings and plays instruments with its preschool-aged companions, but instead of complicated settings, Elmo recognizes his next task based on what he's holding. Hand him his microphone and he's ready to sing. Hand him a guitar and he's ready to strum. He'll be ready to rock and in stores by fall, 2011.
The next from Mattel's remarkable Mindflex series is Mindflex Duels, a game that pits player against player in a battle of the brain waves. Two players battle while “controlling” the foam ball with their mind-eye power through the game's obstacle course, attempting to get through to the other player's side of the table. Whether the science is mind control at its most basic or just junk science, it's a great time. Coming in August, 2011.
Tonka Ricochet Stunt Pro RC
Ever try to duplicate a favorite stunt with your remote-controlled car? Performing it in an actual car can seem easier. This fall, Hasbro will serve up a solution. The new Tonka Ricochet Stunt Pro RC comes standard with a Replay Trigger that allows you to record up to three different series of stunts to be replayed whenever you need to impress on the spot. Just hit the record button on the controller and perform your craziest trick to store the move in your car's memory.
Laugh & Learn Baby iCan Play Case
This one reminds us a bit of the Woogie.
Breathe a little easier the next time you hand your toddler your iPhone. Coming to stores in July, Fisher-Price's iCan case is an easy-to-grip case for your iPhone or iPod touch made of durable rubber, complete with a clear film to cover the screen. It's great for preschool-aged motion sensor games or other kid-centric apps, and even keeps baby away from the army of germs that haunt our mobile devices.