Want to know what the hottest new family-friendly gadgets, robots, and toys are? If you attend CES in January you will find out. CES or the Consumer Electronics Show is held each year in January in Las Vegas. CES is the launching ground for all of the new electronics, gadgets, drones, robots, computers, smart devices, digital cameras, smartphones, tablets, and tech toys that will come out in the next year. Here are some of the hot new Family Friendly Gadgets, Robots & Toys found at CES this year.
Portable robots are now a thing of the present and not something out of a Jetson’s cartoon. These small robots have been specifically designed to provide useful information, games, and support for the family. You will see more family-friendly robots this year than anything else this coming year.
New data fro Juniper Research has forecast that over 1 in 10 American households will own a consumer robot by the end of the decade, up from under 1 in 25 this year. At this early stage in the market, shipments are expected to be dominated by so-called ‘task’ oriented robots assigned to take over household chores, such as lawn mowing or vacuum cleaning.
The Buddy Robot
The Buddy Robot by French company, Blue Frog Robotics is an affordable companion robot that assists people in daily life tasks, lets them stay connected to loved ones, entertains children, serves as a home monitor, and helps seniors and less mobile people lead more independent lives. Because the BUDDY Robot is built on an open-source technology platform, developers across the world can easily collaborate to build hardware and software for it. Buddy’s brain is an integrated tablet with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.
The Leka Robot
The Leka Robot provides sensory stimulation that can assist in learning and help autistic children. The Leka Robot is a motion-sensitive ball that can light up and roll around. Its makers are hoping to add a visual display and sounds to the robot too.
Connected Dart Game
Darts Connect is the world’s first smart dartboard that connects players from all over the globe for a real game of darts by connecting to an online platform. Darts Connect is unique for many reasons, one being that it has a camera that allows players to interact with opponents and detect when someone is cheating. Darts Connect links to your smart device via Wi-Fi and let’s you play a game of darts with anyone, anywhere in the world.
The Fisher-Price Code-A-Pillar think it’s not too young to teach kids coding skills. Preschoolers should be introduced to problem solving skills and some day they may turn into great coders. When playing with the new Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar from Fisher-Price, kids will be exposed to the foundational skills of coding, like thinking skills, problem solving and sequencing. Each piece creates a sequence and each sequence decides how the toy rolls around the room.
Edwin the Duck Smart Toy
Edwin the Duck is the world’s first Smart Duck. It’s a learning toy with personality designed to be your child’s new best friend as they play, learn, sing and dream. Edwin is an animated character that your child holds in their hands and it your mobile device. Your child connects and interacts using rubber duck Edwin as their guide and controller. By tapping, turning, and tilting Edwin, your child will join him on one of his many adventures, and explore fun and challenging games designed for your child’s own development stage. Watch Edwin dance on the screen while he teaches your child to sing-along with some of his favorite original songs, and at bedtime enjoy custom sounds and an LED night light. Edwin is waterproof for tub and pool time while streaming music through BLUETOOTH® wireless technology.
PIC Bendable Kids GoPro-Type Camera
Who needs boring Go Pro cameras when you have fun, bendable, twistable, cameras for kids? The Flex Cam PIC camera records video at 1080p with a 8MP camera and 16GB of storage space. PIC is a lifestyle action camcorder for kids. Bend it, it twist it, and attach it to anything you like. With one button you take photos. Press the button twice to take videos. PIC works underwater without an extra case shedding the bulk (30 minutes recording time, 1 meter).
Caseco Blu-Toque Bluetooth Knit Hat with Built-In Headset
The Caseco Blu-Toque Hat is the ultimate wearable device for enduring the winter in today’s mobile world. Take calls and listen to music right from this innovative winter hat. No more headphones, no more wires. Carefree and wire-free, this dual-layered beanie not only keeps you warm-it keeps you connected. Blu-Toque is universal – it works with any Bluetooth device. The Blu-Toque is the ultimate wearable device for enduring the harsh winter in today’s mobile world. Take calls and listen to music right from this innovative winter hat. No more headphones, no more wires. Carefree and wire-free, this dual-layered beanie not only keeps you warm-it keeps you connected.
Merge Virtual Reality Goggles
The Merge Virtual Reality Goggles allow you to experience virtual reality using the device you’ve already got in your pocket – your smartphone! You can play games, fly into space, explore an unknown world, or watch a concert from your living room just by downloading apps. Sculpted of soft, lightweight foam that fits comfortably to the contours of every face, the goggles are durable enough to be tossed into a backpack, taken on the go, and shared among friends. Other features include adjustable lenses, anti-fog ventilation channels, audio ports, camera access for augmented reality, and an optional top strap for added comfort.
LEGO Education WeDo Kits
Designed for children grades 2-5, LEGO WeDo kits are learning solutions that bring together technology, curriculum and hands-on work, and is aligned with key educational standards and learning objectives. WeDo 2.0 features wireless technology, a built-in documentation tool along with assessment rubrics, and a design library full of ideas and inspiration for creating solutions to projects. In addition, the Core Set features a programmable SmartHub, enhanced motors and sensors and an all-new line up of LEGO® elements.