Modern technology is becoming prevalent in almost every aspect of our lives, including toy technology.
This year’s International Toy Fair in New York showcased children’s toys with incredible new capabilities, from drones to virtual pets to 3D printing. Parija Kavilanz, Senior Writer at CNNMoney, shares a few innovative toy technology highlights from the Toy Fair 2016.
3D Drawing Pen
The new AtmosFlare 3D pen by Redwood Ventures lets kids literally bring their art to life! The pen uses custom colored ink and built-in LED light to turn doodles into 3D objects. It retails for $40 and is available in stores now.
CHiP, presented by toy company WowWee, is a robotic companion programmed to act like a real dog. It uses advanced artificial intelligence to recognize and respond to commands. CHiP is capable of sitting, laying down, playing fetch, and kicking a soccer ball. It even knows when it’s time to go to its SmartBed docking unit to recharge.
Mebo, from Skyrocket Toys, is a 10-inch high-tech, robot with a pincher claw for an arm. The robot can spin and shake, play Jenga and ping pong, and even hold a mic to sing karaoke. Mebo has a two-way audio streaming feature to speak, listen and play music. Mebo, priced at $149.99, will hit stores in the fall.
Voice Command Drone
The new voice-controlled Sky Rover drone from Auldey Toys is highly responsive and responds to 12 different commands. It is powered by four separate motors and includes a sleek headset. You can tell the drone to “take off,” “land,” “turn,” and even do flips through the air! The Sky Rover will hit stores this summer starting at $59.99.