Sweet Suite 2016

Eight Reasons Why Pokémon Go Is Succeeding Where Toys Have Failed

20160706012433!Pokemon_GoIf you haven’t noticed the runaway success of Pokémon Go this past week, you’re living under a rock. Look outside—all those people looking at their phones, glancing around, and walking slowly into traffic (hopefully not) are playing the hottest new augmented reality (AR) game. The word on the street is that this is the future of gaming. Perhaps it is. But it’s certainly not the first augmented reality game. The toy industry has been taking shots at this category for years with little to no success. At Toy Fair 2012, WowWee introduced its App Gear line. [Read more...]

WowWee’s Robotic Dog CHiP to Include Voice Recognition Feature

82f17415-d4b5-417f-a587-4dad96e1f23fWowWee’s robotic dog, CHiP, will include a new voice recognition feature that will enhance the interacting and play experience. CHiP owners can now program their own name for their dog, and CHiP will learn its new name and respond to it. It will follow commands such as “come,” “sit,” “stay,” “lay down,” and “yoga,” for which CHiP will do a handstand. [Read more...]

WowWee Launches Lumi Gaming Drone on Indiegogo

Lumi Drone LightsWowWee has launched the Lumi Gaming Drone on Indiegogo. The advanced, easy-to-fly quadcopter combines drone action with accessible controls. It features BeaconSense technology, where Lumi can fly itself while the user plays, directs, and commands the drone for app-based Gamified Flight. The technology within the drone makes Lumi best suited for indoor play, without fear of crashing into obstacles. Lumi’s features includes Lumi to the Beat, multi-drone play, Choreography Mode, obstacle avoidance, BeaconSense Technology, and a Follow-Me feature. [Read more...]

CES 2016 Ignites Tech with Innovation

By Reyne Rice, trend hunter and thought leader, CEO ToyTrends

The latest and greatest innovations rocked the tech world at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas from Jan. 6-9. Trade guests viewed the latest virtual reality headsets; flew unmanned systems and drones; test-drove the newest automotive vehicles with built-in enhanced entertainment and digital connectivity for kids and families; and marveled at the enhanced 4-D TV and home entertainment systems. Hands-on experiences and product testing dominated the crowded show floor as global exhibitors showcased their newest launch products, services, apps, and devices. [Read more...]

Artificially Intelligent Dog, Drones Part of WowWee’s 2016 Product Line

WowWee is debuting its 2016 product line at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, from Jan. 6 to 9. The new line includes three artificially intelligent robotic play products: [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Toy Pets Are Becoming Man’s New Best Friend

Zoomer Kitty, from Spin Master

Pet ownership is a rite of passage for many children (and families), but it can also be a real hassle. After all, the vast majority of pets must be fed, cleaned up after, groomed, etc. They require constant care and semi-regular attentiveness, in other words, and that can be a real challenge for young ones (and some adults, too), who may not be used to that level of responsibility.

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WowWee Is Ready to REV on August 1

WowWee,REVThe new REV, or Robotic Enhanced Vehicles, brand from WowWee will launch on August 1. Consumers can pre-order it now on target.com with a special smart ramp accessory included during the promotional period.

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COMMENTARY: Smart Technology Spans New Categories

by Reyne Rice, trend hunter, toy trend expert, industry analyst, and consultant

Resized,Reyne_RiceSmart 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.

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COMMENTARY: This Year’s Dinosaur Toys Extend Beyond Jurassic World

Sand Glove Dinosaur, by HABA

There’s no denying that Jurassic World and its Indominus Rex roared into the North American International Toy Fair in a big way this year. There are figures and role play and plush (oh, my!) and so much more inspired by the upcoming film—and they’re all really exciting. But, as a big prehistoric fanatic myself, I was excited to see that dinosaurs themselves were quite trendy this year (Finally! The world is catching on!), even if they won’t be appearing in a major motion picture later this spring.
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COMMENTARY: Toy Fair 2015 Shows Off Toymakers’ Tech-Savvy Side

The Meccanoid G15 KS, from Spin Master

We all know that kids are more tech-savvy at the age of 2 than most of us will ever be. Living in the digital age comes instinctively for kids, and the fact that they have the ability to understand and use technology so early on lets toy manufacturers create some really, really cool tech toys for kids of all ages. Below is a roundup of favorite tech-y playthings from North American International Toy Fair, in no particular order:
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