kids

  • Homeroom Brings Private Photo Sharing To The Classroom

    Homeroom Brings Private Photo Sharing To The Classroom

    The makers of the private photo-sharing app Cluster have been experimenting with spinning off the service’s technology into different verticals in recent days, including apps designed for documenting your travels, communicating with your community at church, tracking your baby’s milestones, and more. But one of the more successful of the spinoffs, now launching to the public… Read More

  • Kiko Labs Debuts A Series Of “Brain-Training” Games For Kids

    Kiko Labs Debuts A Series Of “Brain-Training” Games For Kids

    A new company called Kiko Labs is today releasing a series of “brain-training” games for children. Think, perhaps: a Lumosity for the preschool-plus set. Like others claiming to promote cognitive skill development through gameplay, Kiko Labs’ games were developed in partnership with a scientific advisory board, who advised the company on how to best translate dozens of… Read More

  • Teddy The Guardian, The Protective Plushie, Gets $400K In Seed Investment

    Teddy The Guardian, The Protective Plushie, Gets $400K In Seed Investment

    Teddy the Guardian, unlike his animatronic cousin, Teddy Ruxpin, will not terrify your children. Teddy is actually a vital signs sensor that allows parents to check a child’s temperature and heart rate with a single tap of the bear’s paw. Because it’s also a beloved toy, the child won’t be frightened and doctors and parents can see the results inside a mobile app in… Read More

  • Bitsbox Debuts Monthly Coding Projects That Teach Kids To Build Simple Apps

    Bitsbox Debuts Monthly Coding Projects That Teach Kids To Build Simple Apps

    When Bitsbox co-founder Scott Lininger learned to code, it was on a TRS-80 color computer his mom and dad bought him when he was a kid. He says he taught himself coding by copying from the book that came with the computer. Now a dad himself, Lininger wanted to offer his daughter the opportunity to experience learning to code much in the same way he did, but couldn’t find a service… Read More

  • Kidaptive’s Latest App Learner Mosaic Puts A Preschool Teacher In Parents’ Pockets

    Kidaptive’s Latest App Learner Mosaic Puts A Preschool Teacher In Parents’ Pockets

    Kidaptive, the maker of children’s educational iPad applications with a curriculum focused on Kindergarten readiness, has now released a new app designed just for parents. Called “Learner Mosaic,” the app offers parents personalized insights into how well their child is progressing based on their behavior and activity within Kidaptive’s applications, and soon, within… Read More

  • A Gift Guide For The Childless Who Have To Buy Gifts For Children

    A Gift Guide For The Childless Who Have To Buy Gifts For Children

    Buying toys for kids is like trying to help a couple of strangers carry a couch up two flights of steps. While your assistance may be appreciated, in theory, you’re probably going to end up doing something wrong. To that end, we present five toys that are, in theory, amazing (and I like all of them and you should, if the child in question is old enough to handle them, buy them) but that… Read More

  • Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids

    Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids

    A Taipei-based hardware startup called JoyRay wants to create a smartwatch for kids that won’t end up abandoned like the Velveteen Rabbit. Founder and CEO Jerry Chang, who was division head of Foxconn’s smartphone business before leaving last December, believes the key to creating a kids’ smartwatch with enduring appeal is to make it open platform and release new apps… Read More

  • Now A Father, Hot Or Not Founder Returns With Cakey, A YouTube App For Kids

    Now A Father, Hot Or Not Founder Returns With Cakey, A YouTube App For Kids

    Hot or Not founder James Hong has come a long way since building a site that helped people rank the attractiveness of others, ultimately paving the path for speed dating apps like Tinder. Today a father of three, Hong now has a different set of priorities. One of those was keeping his kids safe from the unsuitable, adult-oriented content that fills YouTube. To fix the problem for himself and… Read More

  • Sproutkin Ditches Its “Netflix For Kids’ Books” Service, Moves Into Digital Subscriptions

    Sproutkin Ditches Its “Netflix For Kids’ Books” Service, Moves Into Digital Subscriptions

    Parents weren’t interested in a “Netflix for Children’s Books” service, apparently. A company called Sproutkin, which launched in spring of 2013 offering shipments of just under a dozen books which parents paid for on a monthly basis but could return at any time for a new batch. The idea was that, in their younger years, kids quickly outgrew their books, and this would… Read More

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