kids

  • Fable, A Vaguely-Described Tablet For Kids


    Isabella Products, the folks that brought you the Vizit interactive picture frame are planning to bring your children a 7″ tablet called the “Fable”. Aside from built-in mobile broadband and a camera, no real technical details are available. The product will incorporate the “carousel” interface used by the Vizit picture frame. Apps include an e-reader with… Read More

  • Just What Kids Need: Scholastic Pocket Texting Devices

    A company called Scholastic, presumably not the book company, has released these odd texting devices that work wirelessly within 600 feet of each other. You can create a network of 24 of them and messages are truncated at 40 characters. Read More

  • The Goodbyn Lunch Box: You Know, For Kids


    If you’re familiar with lunchbox technology, things haven’t changed much since Fred Flintstone put his brontosaurus sandwich into that stone lunchbox he used to carry to the quarry. I’ve given my son probably three or four lunchboxes so far and he’s broken every single one including the crazy metal Flash Gordon one and a great Family Guy Star Wars one. It’s… Read More

  • Study: Mixing school-age kids and computers makes for bad stuff

    I’ve always believed that computers, in a general sense, are not a panacea for developing nations. By slapping a laptop down on the desk of every student in Africa or Brazil you’re doing little more than forcing that kid to learn to type and then offering him or her the opportunity to look at porn. Without proper supervision and education, the Internet and, to some extent… Read More

  • Baby Bidou mp3 player. You know, for kids

    I always say that you’re never too young to start with your first gadget. This is an example of that theory, taken maybe a little more serious then I would normally consider reasonable. How old do you need to be to have your first MP3 player? Read More

  • Wi-Fi school bus keeps kids quiet

    A school district in Arizona has outfitted one of its school buses with a $200 mobile 3G Wi-Fi router and $60-per-month access. And guess what? Instead of punching each other and yelling all the way to school, the kids quietly tap, tap, tap away on their laptops. Read More

  • Star Wars Play-Doh: May the Force be pliable and starchy smelling

    This Star Wars Play-Doh playset is for ages three AND UP – you’re all part of “and up” unless you’re a really smart baby who reads tech blogs for some reason. If you are such a baby, please apply for an internship. We’ll take anybody – anybody – who can appeal to toddlers. That’s a huge, untapped demographic for us and it’d be nice… Read More

  • Shock study: Kids spend a lot of time online, using their phones

    It was only five years ago that kids between the ages of 8 and 18 “only” spent 6.5 hours online. Today, these same kids (well, the same age group) now spend some 7.5 hours online per day between the computer and their mobile. That may not sound like a much until you ask: where did these kids find an entire extra hour to mess around online? It’s even crazier when you consider… Read More

  • Man builds Vespa rocking horse for grandchild, jealousy for everyone else

    Here is a photo of the luckiest kid in the world. Look at that cute little face. He seems to be saying “I have a Vespa rocking horse. Do you have a Vespa rocking horse? Where do you keep your Vespa rocking horse? I’m but a small child so I can only assume that all other children have a Vespa rocking horse just like mine.” Read More

  • Kodomo No Nomimono: Beer for kids

    After a long, hard day of… playing with toys, watching cartoons, and napping, nothing spells refreshment like a frosty glass of Kodomo No Nomimono – a phrase which I can only assume means something close to “beer for kids” in Japanese. Read More

  • Lok8u: GPS wristwatch keeps tabs on kids

    UK-based Lok8u (Get it? Locate you?) is a GPS-enabled wristwatch meant to be worn by children. The watch also features a built-in cell signal, too, which enables location information to be relayed rapidly to parents while waiting for the GPS chip to get its bearings or when there’s no line-of-sight to GPS satellites. Read More

  • Loopa Bowl Gyroscopic Toddler Bowl

    Do you have $9.99? Do you have a baby? Then get this crazy bowl. The cereal in the bowl will always remain upright no matter what direction junior is twisting the bowl. It’s like some kind of space bowl. From space. Read More

  • Swinxs now shipping, kids everywhere told what to do by strange man in a box

    So this is a weird thing. It’s kind of like an electronic camp counselor and it’s called Swinxs. Kids wear RFID bracelets and then the box tells you to do stuff like run around and play hide and seek. You check in with the box by moving your RFID band near the box. There are 25 games so far, most of which involve running around and then coming back to the box for further instructions. Read More

  • Office Kid: Fake child, real excuse to leave work

    Anyone who’s had to deal with co-workers in any capacity knows that kids trump all office-related priorities, leaving those of us without kids to do most of the heavy lifting while working parents leave for five hours every day to chauffeur their little, jobless a-holes to the emergency room every time one of them sneezes. Read More

  • UFO Cap umbrella keeps you cute and dry

    Giving a kid an umbrella is like giving them an expensive, spiky club. One press of a button and whoop, there go eight kids eyes! I’d prefer not to give them that option until they’re old enough to accept the responsibility (some adults still aren’t) — so I’m hoping this delightful hat will be around when I’ve got kids. I don’t think much explanation… Read More

  • Young nerds rejoice! Electronic playground coming to Layton, Utah

    Layton, Utah is about to get the “first interactive electronic public playground west of the Mississippi.” The $500,000 project will feature three acres of land, tennis and basketball courts, and electronic “versions of capture the flag and tug of war” along with “a rocking balance piece in which children attempt to get an electronic dot inside a circle.” Read More

  • Girl falls down manhole while texting, lawsuit pending

    Only marginally less hilarious than the man who ran into a tree while Twittering comes this story of a Staten Island teen who fell into a manhole while texting. Her story isn’t quite as funny because she’s suing the Department of Environmental Protection for leaving the manhole uncovered and unattended. Read More

  • My Secret Circle: You know, for kids


    So this seems like a good enough idea. It’s called MySecretCircle and it’s basically it’s a closed social network for girls. You and your buds buy a USB key that acts as your login. It autoruns under Windows and OS X and brings up a photo and journal sharing system that only allows certain people access to your daughter’s personal info. In theory and in practice this… Read More

  • Gadget translates baby's cries into various moods

    Taking a page from the Baby Translator invented by Homer Simpson’s half-brother Herb Powell, the $100 “Why Cry Baby Analyzer” attempts to help parents figure out what their wailing bundle of joy is so upset about. While not as accurate as the Baby Translator from the Simpsons (“I have soiled myself… how embarrassing”) the WCBA can apparently detect the… Read More

  • 'Moto Horn' is not a new Motorola phone — it's much, much, much cooler

    Of all the times I’ve longed to go back to 1987, this might be one of the stronger nostalgiac chin-quivers I’ve felt in quite some time. I’d totally bring this Moto Horn back in my time machine and haul ass through the neighborhood on my Huffy, giving each passerby a quick shot of sweet motorcycle revving sound effects eminating from my handlebards. I’d be treated to… Read More

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