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VTech’s Kidizoom Smartwatch Includes Built-In Camera and More

VTech Smartwatch Release FINAL[4]Today, VTech launched its first ever camera watch for kids: the Kidizoom Smartwatch. The world’s first smartwatch for kids, its features include a built-in camera, video, and photo effects. The Kidizoom Smartwatch also has a 1.4-inch color touch screen, more than 50 digital and analog clock displays that help kids learn to tell time, a rechargeable battery, alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, voice recorder with funny voice changing effects, and parental game controls.

Since it is made for kids, the Kidizoom Smartwatch features a durable design to withstand drops and bumps, and is splash and sweat proof. In addition, the Kidizoom Smartwatch is PC and Mac compatible for uploading photos, videos, and recorded voice files, and offers access to VTech’s Learning Lodge app store.

The Kidizoom Smartwatch is recommended for kids ages 4 and up, and is available now at www.vtechkids.com, amazon.com, target.com, toysrus.com, and walmart.com.

VTech Welcomes Fourth Generation Learning Tablets to InnoTab Family

innotabmaxVTech has added three new children’s learning tablets to its InnoTab family: InnoTab Max, which features a multi-core CPU, high-resolution 7-inch display, and Android learning content; InnoTab 3S Plus, which includes Wi-Fi and access to VTech Premium Kid Connect; and InnoTab 3 Plus, an affordable first learning tablet.

InnoTab Max includes more than 200 educator-endorsed Android learning games and access to more than 650 age-appropriate learning software and apps through VTech’s Learning Lodge app store, as well as VTech’s library of cartridges. InnoTab Max grows with a child from ages 3 to 9 and beyond, bridging the gap for parents considering a children’s learning tablet, but also looking for rich Android content.

The entire line of InnoTab tablets is designed to withstand physical wear and tear from kids.

VTech Introduces Spring Product Line

VTech-LogoVTech has added new products to its spring toy line, including additions to award-winning infant and preschool lines. VTech has also developed a Milestones guide, which is a compiled list of recommendations for toys that are appropriate to a child’s particular age and developmental milestone.

The spring line includes InnoTab Learning Cartridges for the InnoTab Learning Tablet, with titles ranging from e-Books to games. The Go! Go! Smart Wheels product line has expanded with the Car Wash Playset, where kids can develop fine motor skills by simulating a car wash; Tractor & Trailer, where kids learn about the letter “T” and pretend to do farmwork; and Vehicles, electronic vehicles that have activated music and sound, including a car, van, ambulance, and race cars. [Read more...]

VTech Offers New Learning App Buddles for InnoTab Tablets

VTech InnoTab 3S_BlueVTech offers new Learning App Bundles for the award-winning InnoTab Learning Tablet range. Available on VTech’s app store, Learning Lodge, these bundles feature newly developed, educator-approved content packaged in age-appropriate groups.

Designed specifically around the unique learning needs of individual kids ages 2 to 5, the Learning App Bundles each include seven games and an e-book (except Amazing Animal Museum, which includes eight games). Each bundle features content focused on a variety of developmental skills, such as language arts, reading, math, science, social studies, and problem solving.

Other themes for Learning App Bundles include Puppet Party, Tiny Toy Town, Lost City, and Fantasy Kingdom. The bundles are available at www.vtechkids.com.

TIF Contributes More Than $300,000 in Toys to TODAY Show Gift Drive

toyindustryMore than 30,000 children in need nationwide will receive brand new toys and games this holiday season, thanks to generous toy companies that partnered with the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) to participate in the TODAY Show Holiday Gift Drive.

TIF appeared on the TODAY Show’s November 26 episode to celebrate the toy industry’s contribution to the gift drive, benefiting dozens of charities across the country. The companies pitched in to donate more than $300,000 worth of toys for families facing financial hardships and children who are sick, living in domestic violence shelters, residing on military bases, or otherwise in need.

The Foundation thanked the following companies: Cartamundi USA, Children of America Dolls, Creations By You, Do-a-Dot Art, Green Toys,
Griddly Games, International Arrivals, International Playthings, Little Pim, McNeill Designs, Orb Factory, Safari Ltd., Savvi, Schleich USA, Smart Gear, Smart Toys and Games, ThinkFun, Ukloo Kids, VTech, WowWee USA, and Wyla, Inc.

TIF has participated in the TODAY Show Gift Drive for the past four years, providing a total of 88,000 toys (valued at more than $900,000).

Little Pim Partners with VTech for Foreign Language Content

Little Pim has partnered with VTech on the Little Pim foreign language video series for preschoolers. The series will be available for the InnoTab Learning Tablet range starting December 1 in VTech’s Learning Lodge app store, which is home to educator-approved downloadable content and curriculum.

LittlePim1The Little Pim videos help kids learn 360 words and phrases in a second language. The videos will be offered in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, and German.

Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method provides total immersion in the language. The method engages a child’s love of play watching real kids and animation. The program is the brainchild of Julia Pimsleur Levine, the daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, creator of the Pimsleur Method, the popular language-learning program for adults. For more information on Little Pim, visit LittlePim.com.

Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair Returns in January 2014

HKTDCThe HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair will return next year from January 6 to 9 in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The fair allows the industry to get a head start on strategies planning for the year ahead.

Last year’s show drew more than 39,000 buyers from 126 countries and regions. This year marks the 40th edition, and more than 1,900 exhibitors are expected to bring their latest collections on display, ready to meet their potential business partners. The fair will include group pavilions such as Chinese mainland, Indonesia, Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and World of Toys Pavilion in the coming edition, further testifying to its internationality.

The fair highlight Brand Name Gallery is geared towards the needs of buyers seeking top-notch branded toys from quality names. Renowned brands include B, Beleduc, B Kids, CMC, Color Rich, Daniel & Co, Dragon, Ein-O-Science, Enesco, Hape, Intex, Moulin Roty, Plan Toys, Welly, Viking Toys, and VTech.

With the trend of combining traditional toys and modern smart devices plus app functions, a wide range of innovative toys and games is available for kids, teenagers, and adults in the new Smart-Tech Toys zone. Exhibitors include Calm Island Co. Ltd., Maksco Toy Ltd., and Roam & Wander Ltd. [Read more...]

VTech Launches Online Milestones Guide for Parents’ Reference

VTech has launched their educator-approved Milestones guide. Milestones is a resource to help parents select toys based on the individual needs of kids ages 0 to 9. Parents are able to determine which toys and games are appropriate at each age and developmental stage, so they can make better toy selections.

The Milestones online guide focuses on three key areas of development:

  • Language & Cognitive Development: Encourages language immersion as a key to kids’ cognitive and emotional growth
  • Physical & Motor Development: Highlights how kids exercise their gross and fine motor skills, honing the brain pathways for smooth, purposeful physical movements
  • Social & Emotional Development: Explores how kids develop relationships, learn to read other people’s emotions, and how to control their own

The milestones in these key areas help identify a kid’s particular stage of development and can help parents make informed decisions about which toys are appropriate.

 

VTech Forms New Panel of Education Experts

VTech-LogoVTech, a world leader in age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children, has formed a new Panel of Experts to help support its continued commitment to developing innovative, educational toys. Together the panel has a lifetime of experience in areas such as reading, language arts, science, math, STEM education, childhood development, and childhood education allowing them to provide invaluable feedback on the development of all new product introductions.

In developing learning content for VTech’s app store, the Learning Lodge, VTech will apply the expertise of the panel as well as share their expertise on VTech’s Parent Resource Center to provide parents with trusted knowledge on topics and subjects including technology, motor skills, cognitive development, reading, math, and science.

VTech’s esteemed Panel of Experts include Dr. Helen Boehm, Dr. Lise Eliot, Dr. Francis Fennell, Dr. Carla C. Johnson, Dr. Eric Klopfer, and Dr. Deborah Sharp  Libby. To hear more from VTech’s Panel of Experts, including parenting tips and advice on how children learn through play, visit VTech’s Parent Resource Center.

VTech Unveils Kid Connect Communication App for Innotab 3S

VTech announced the availability of VTech Kid Connect for the InnoTab 3S. The communication app helps parents stay connected to their kids when apart.

Preschoolers as young as 3 years can send text messages and animated stickers to parents’ smartphones from the tablet and parents can send text messages and stickers back to their child’s InnoTab 3S. Also, kids can stay connected to their friends and siblings by exchanging messages between two InnoTab 3S tablets anywhere in the world.

Access to VTech Kid Connect is free for one-year with the purchase of an InnoTab 3S. The Premium Kid Connect app includes more features, allowing kids and parents to send each other voice messages, photos, and drawings.

InnoTab 3S is recommended for kids ages 3 to 9.