Saul Kropman is not only a self-confessed suffer of “gadgetitis”, but is also a kid at heart, enjoying building Lego and playing games as much as any child. Here he shares what will be big in kids’ gadgets this year. You can find more of this tech and digital insights at his blog Loosechange.
I have this theory: you’re never too young to have a gadget. Sure it’s fun when mom gives you her six thousand rand iPad to play with but every time you throw it off the kitchen counter moms heart drops and so does her bank balance. Today we’re looking at some products that allow junior to get connected to their favourite Toca Boca app without causing drama:
1) The iPotty
Okay so this is probably not everyone’s cup of tea but if your kid is iPad addicted or just needs to be distracted while trying to use the toilet for the first time. I know you’re wondering this but the iPotty covers the iPad with a plastic film so no worries about explosive diarrhea. You do need to worry about your kids beating your stick cricket score though.
2) Polaroid Kids tablet
Remember the days when Polaroid used to make film and cameras? Apparently those days are over as tablets are more lucrative. The Android powered tablet comes with wifi and a customised interface to allow for easy access with chubby fingers. In addition there is an emphasis on survivability with lots of padding and soft rubber so don’t be surprised if you see this tablet bouncing around the house.
3) Fisher Price Imaginext Apptivity Fortress
Despite having the longest name for a gadget ever; Fisher Price have come a long way from the days of plastic garages and doctor play sets. This gadget allows you to slide an iPad in and then you can use the cannon to fend off trolls. Double bonus, your room can become the backdrop for your adventure by using the iPad camera.
4) Disney DreamPlay
By using the camera in your tablet Disney have combined real world items with virtual activities. Combine a “Little Mermaid” set of bongo drums, hold your tablet towards those bongo drums and suddenly you have a Disney character singing and “playing the drums”. This is great for kids with a vivid imagination and rainy days.
5) Sifteo Cubes
This is a gadget for slightly older kids these cubes work together to create interactive gaming experiences with very tactile, imaginative elements that you won’t get on a standard mobile device. It’s difficult to explain without going into the actual games but it’s a great device for old and young.
Currently these gadgets aren’t available in South Africa, but we’ll let you know when they are.