kids

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    '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

  • Kid breaks arm, gets bionic LEGO cast

    Kid breaks arm, gets bionic LEGO cast

    No fair! I wish I had a broken arm with a bionic LEGO cast that allowed me to accessorize with several wonderful gadgets like flashlights and voice recorders. Lucky! Read More

  • INCHworm adjustable shoes grow along with kids, feature three sizes in one

    INCHworm adjustable shoes grow along with kids, feature three sizes in one

    I don’t have children, but from what I hear they’re quite expensive. Instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on new shoes over the course of a couple years (that’s how much a family spends on shoes, right?) perhaps you could consider these INCHworm shoes, which adjust in size to match your child’s freakishly fast-growing feet. Read More

  • Chinese boy killed when height adjusting mechanism in chair explodes

    Chinese boy killed when height adjusting mechanism in chair explodes

    I kind of hope this is some sort of sick, twisted joke but apparently a 14-year-old boy in China was recently killed when the pneumatic gas cylinder – the thing that controls the vertical height adjustment — in his chair exploded, sending fragments of the chair into his rectum. Read More

  • Average age for first cell phone in the UK? Eight!

    Average age for first cell phone in the UK? Eight!

    I got my first cell phone at the ripe old age of 20. The year was 1999; the Roth IRA was taking the world by storm, a little show called Futurama set about to claw its way into popular culture, and the song “No Scrubs” by TLC was climbing the charts and had guys who thought they were fly (also known as “busters”) rethinking their mating strategies altogether. Read More

  • Sled uses ice packs for summertime fun

    Sled uses ice packs for summertime fun

    Winter may or may not be slowly drawing to a close, but fear not; you can hedge your bets if you’re in the market for a sled by purchasing the Slicer. It’s a sled for use in the winter and in the summer, further proving my theory that kids these days have awesome toys. Read More

  • Get ‘em started young with the BlackBerry-like ‘Text & Learn’

    Get ‘em started young with the BlackBerry-like ‘Text & Learn’

    It’s true what they say: Little kids love the BlackBerry. Imagine the message you’re sending to your kids by having your own big boy BlackBerry glued to your face all the time. They want to be like mommy and daddy and mommy and daddy have two kids and two BlackBerries, which equals a family of six. Naturally, your little ones want their own QWERTY-enhanced handhelds. Read More

  • Review: NameYourTune.com

    Review: NameYourTune.com

    I recently did a horrible thing. Hoping to offer my son a little music to enjoy I downloaded 100 kid’s songs from iTunes for something like $7.99. I figured “Hey, kids like songs. 100 songs is a lot of songs. It’s a good deal.” I was wrong. I entered, for about two months, a circle of hell of which even Dante did not write: The Circle Dedicated to Listeners of… Read More