Some of summer's hottest tech toys will have your kids up and moving, or at least following a toy around that is. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
With Mother's Day behind us, it's time to focus on Kids Day, which, as so many of us tell our children, is pretty much every other day of the year. At the TTPM, or Time to Play Magazine Spring Showcase, we got a peek into which hot toys our children will be begging for next birthday, holiday, or weekday they happen to be within 50 miles of a toy store.
As usual, there is plenty of tech showing up, like the Street Hawk, which will run between $50-$60 when it hits shelves in July. It speeds around like a typical remote controlled car—until you pull down on the throttle and launch it into the air.
"You can race it, you can stunt it, you can send it off jumps—but if you send it off the right jump, you can get serious air and just keep on going," says Doug Wadleigh of Mattel.
The Happy's Pets just keep on going, as long as their batteries have juice. But they don't just run around randomly, thanks to infrared sensors in this ball and inside their doggie bones that beam commands to their eyes, the dogs can be controlled...a bit.
"Each treat unlocks a trick and the Happy's ball also emits a signal and all the pets, as many as six, will chase the ball," says Laura Kurzu of Cepia.
Each pet costs around $20; the Chase Play Tennis ball is about $10.
Since, probably, the dawn of time, parents have been making kids jealous by being the first to get tech toys—a smartphone, a tablet. Well, it might be time for kids to make the parents jealous by being the first in the household with a smartwatch."
"This is the Leap Band, the first activity tracker for children that combines motion and getting kids up and active with the nurturing aspect. So kids get to adopt a pet, take care of a pet, and earn points by being active," says Jody Sherman LeVos of LeapFrog.
Out in August for about $40, it also teaches kids lessons about why they need to stay healthy and why certain foods are better than others in achieving that goal.