The Sphero SPRK Edition, which launched today from Sphero, is an app-enabled, teachable robot ball designed to sharpen kids’ math and science skills, and unleash their imaginations through a library of more than 30 free apps.
by Reyne Rice, trend hunter, toy trend expert, industry analyst, and consultant
Smart tech for kids is no longer buzzword lingo. It has become a reality and has grown to encompass so much more than just technology added to toys to make them interesting or “tech-y.” Today, kids’ technology-enhanced products offer engaging and explorative play patterns that span a wide spectrum of categories. And while there are new technologies being used in these toys, the thrill is in the play experience, not in the technology itself. New technology enhances and extends play patterns way beyond how kids were playing in past decades. Plus, parents, older siblings, caregivers, and educators are all using new technology that companies are translating into toys and tech products for kids’ worldwide.
by Reyne Rice, toy trends analyst and consultant
During the first week of January, International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 unveiled the latest consumer electronics innovations. Kids, families, and educators were among the target audiences for this new world of technology, which extended across all exhibitor areas. Here are some of the family tech-focused highlights from the show: [Read more...]
The Chicago Toy & Game Group has crowned this year’s recipients of the 2014 Toy and Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards. More than 400 guests representing 23 countries gathered at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier Grand Ballroom last Friday to toast today’s top playthings.
The Chicago Toy & Game Group acknowledged the following winners from nominated categories:
Excellence in Game Design: Oliver Morris, designer of Gravity Maze
launch its next-generation, app-controlled robot, Ollie, which features the same technology as the company’s Sphero 2.0. Featuring a tubular design, Ollie has the ability to drive up to 14 mph; and execute tricks including spin, drift, jump, and flip. Through apps, it can provide automatic feedback and points based on the difficulty of the maneuvers and tricks performed.
Programming apps will also be available, and users can customize Ollie with a collection of accessories and parts, which will launch for the holiday season. Accessories include nubby tires, turbo tires, and ultra tires that give users a completely different driving experience. [Read more...]
Sphero, the gaming system that uses a robotic ball you control from your smartphone or tablet, has released a number of updates and new games. New offerings include Exile, Colorgrab, Tag, Golf V2, and DoodleGrub. Their improved firmware now offers a better gaming experience through vector drive, fast aiming, and auto leveling.
On September 14, Orbotix will release Sphero V2—which combines Sphero, Drive, and SpheroCam and offers new functionality and links to the SpheroVerse community.
Sphero, a new type of gaming system that uses a robotic ball you control from your smartphone or tablet, announced this month’s release of new apps for iOS and Android devices.
Sphero Drive allows users to choose from touchscreen interfaces, such as joystick, old-school RC control, and tilt mode, to test their skills and race against friends and family. In a mixed-reality version of Golf, users create their own courses then swing their phones to putt Sphero toward the hole. Users can challenge their coordination and memory by holding Sphero, starting up Chromo, and moving Sphero to match colors and patterns as they appear on the screen.
Created by Orbotix, a company dedicated to reinventing fun and gaming through consumer-facing robotics and phone-controlled open devices, Sphero can be purchased online or at Brookstone.
Check out this video for more info: Sphero Launches New Gaming Apps.
This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.