kids

  • Blizzard Employee Lets Kid Design Game

    Next time you load up World of Warcraft, you may have a newfound understanding for all those players running around trying to get gear. Blizzard employee Rob Pardo watches his 7-year-old daughter play on her 54 Warlock and gets a better perspective of the game. Says Pardo: Playing games with my daughter is great because it really allows me to see what is fundamentally fun about game mechanics. Read More

  • Whiny Kid Wants To Keep Playing World of Warcraft After Bedtime

    Since today will probably be a bit slower than normal due to a certain event, I’ve been trying to find some tidbits that might just brighten up your day. Whether you play World of Warcraft or not, you’ll be sure to keel over in laughter when you listen to audio of a kid bitching at his parents about going to bed when he just started a raid. The audio runs about five minutes or so… Read More

  • Scratch: Because Your Kid Can't Do FORTRAN

    The geniuses over at MIT have developed a new programming language that requires almost no knowledge of real languages like C++ or Java to learn. Dubbed “Scratch”, this new language is aimed at children and operates like a set of building blocks. Through a GUI, children can drag and drop, sounds, images, video, and other elements together to create a real, working program. Now… Read More

  • Get That Noose Ready: Surge Of 3-D Films Coming Next Year

    Not all 3-D movies are terrible, but most are rehashed pre-teen jokes with adult innuendos and crappy voice overs. While waiting for Spiderman 3 to start, I had to sit through two previews for PG-rated 3-D animal flicks (yes, one included penguins). I thought that was bad, until I read this Reuters report. Apparently, next year and into 2009, almost every studio will be releasing multiple… Read More

  • Healthy Vending Tries to Stop Kids From Getting Fat While in School

    Look, we tried to offer some advice on how to stay fit and not end up looking like a land monster. But since kids are so hell bent on being fat nowadays, it’s time for parents to cut off access to sugary snacks once and for all. Horizon’s OneSource program manages what schoolchildren eat at lunch, with a fully computerized system that educators and lunch ladies alike can use to… Read More

  • WurlyBird – Stupid Name, Fun Times


    Totally Wicked Brahhh! Though the name sounds like something you’d pay $10 to a hooker for, the WurlyBird is actually designed with kids in mind. It’s basically an indoor fair ride that spins you round and round until you either puke or get off. Kids aged 3-10 can get in on this action and have themselves a little fun for once while breaking all the china in the living… Read More

  • Discovery Biosphere Terrarium


    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this Discovery biosphere is awesome. Aside from looking totally cool, it is a valid educational experience for children. It allows kids to control the environment within the sphere. The system has options to control temperature and humidity and can even simulate rain. Sort of like an ant farm, but probably neater. It’s available now… Read More

  • Draq Queens Unite For The YOUniverse Funk Fone

    After a long day at CrunchGear, I usually get ready for the nightlife by slapping on some cherry red lipstick, some eyeshadow, blush, and a lot of concealer. Then I throw on my spandex pants, adjust my fake boobs, put on some high heels, and hit the streets looking for action with Josh. Occasionally though, I like to dress up in private so I can chat with my pals (at $1.99 a minute) on the phone. Read More

  • MySpace Getting AMBER Alerts

    The next time you decide to plot the kidnapping of your neighbor’s kid for beer money, you may want to re-think what you’re doing: MySpace is now equipped to send out AMBER alerts for missing children. With increased pressure from activist groups and concerned parents, MySpace has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children so that whenever a critical… Read More

  • Emergency Bear: A Teddy For Catastrophe

    Emergency Bear gives your kids more than a hug. Emergency Bear gives your kids things he or she will need while running away from the guy in the van that hangs out across the street from the school, like a flashlight, medicine, a first aid kit, and emergency slippers. Yes, in Japan, where Emergency Bear is from, kids need emergency slippers. Emergency Bear! [Rakuten co japan] Read More

  • Bow to Your New Banking Robotic Master

    We love robots. We really do. And we don’t just say that so that our asses are covered when we’re forced to serve mechanical overlords—we’re saying it from years of experience with Transformers. Robots can be helpful, like this Talking Robot Bank from Sharper Image. This robotic assistant is a piggy bank that features the grim visage of a destructive droid that… Read More

  • Buzzkilling Digital Piggy Bank

    The Pig E Bank takes all the mystery (and, thereby, the fun) out of your kid’s stash by telling them exactly how much money it contains at any given time, which is a very 21st century way to teach your young ones that life ain’t nothin’ but bitches n’ money (you’ll have to figure out the “bitches” part on your own). Instead of the traditional breaking… Read More

  • Snap Circuits: For the Kiddies


    When I was a kid, I had something similar to this, but I got it at a garage sale. Since it was secondhand, it was missing parts. I remember flipping through the instruction manual hoping to build stuff and seeing the previous owners’ notes in the margins, but being unable to complete the projects myself because, while they remembered to include the manual, they forgot to include all… Read More

  • BOB Will Turn Off Your TV

    Back in the old days, my mom was around to shut off the TV when I was watching too much. She also used to tell me to stop using the computer for so long because I would hurt my eyes. Sadly, those days are gone and I now live in Chicago, one lone hippie on the banks of Lake Michigan. This means that when I get home after work, I turn on my TV and plant my laptop firmly into my lap. Usually… Read More

  • ToyQuest Releases PMP/PVR For The Kids

    A couple of weeks ago, I stopped by a Tiger Electronics tent that was set up to showcase all of the new toys coming out this holiday season. They all had a common theme: “Crappy versions of gadgets that adults have and kids want.” The products ranged from a crappy projector to a crappy video-capable MP3 Player. ToyQuest, however, seems to realize that kids deserve the same… Read More