toys

  • 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

  • Please And Carrots Debuts Subscription-Based Toys, Expert Advice For New Parents

    Please And Carrots Debuts Subscription-Based Toys, Expert Advice For New Parents

    Busy parents who don’t have the time to shop for the best developmentally-appropriate and educationally-focused toys for their little ones now have a new option. A company called Please and Carrots is today launching a subscription-based toy company that sends a quarterly box of toys to parents of children from 0 to 3 years old, which includes only those items that have been curated… Read More

  • GoldieBlox, The Toymaker Trying To Get Girls Hooked On Engineering, Goes Digital With New iOS App

    GoldieBlox, The Toymaker Trying To Get Girls Hooked On Engineering, Goes Digital With New iOS App

    GoldieBlox, the San Francisco Bay Area startup focused on building toys for girls aimed at getting them hooked on engineering, has this morning taken its first steps into the digital realm with the debut of a new iOS application – the company’s first – GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, as well as a “digital playground” called Bloxtown.com. The new app works as… Read More

  • Tiggly, An iPad Learning Toy For Babies And Toddlers, Raises Series A

    Tiggly, An iPad Learning Toy For Babies And Toddlers, Raises Series A

    Tiggly, an educational app designed for iPad’s youngest users – babies! (oh, and toddlers, too) – has raised a Series A round of funding led by Habermaass GmbH, a Germany-based early play and learning company, and owners of the toy brand HABA, which is now entering the U.S. edtech market. Though the startup won’t disclose the size of the round, it had previously raised… Read More

  • 3Doodler Launches New Accessories Including A Much-Needed, Anti-Burninating Foot Pedal

    3Doodler Launches New Accessories Including A Much-Needed, Anti-Burninating Foot Pedal

    In todays small, hand-held 3D printer news, we learn that 3Doodler (think of a hot glue gun with a lot more usability) has released a few new accessories including a foot pedal that allows you to extrude filament without having to press the button on the device. I played with the 3Doodler a few months ago and was duly impressed. In the right hands – and with the right degree of… Read More

  • The SBrick Expands Your Lego Universe

    The SBrick Expands Your Lego Universe

    Lego (or, if you’re pedantic, LEGO) is lots of fun. Lego Mindstorms is more fun. But what if you want to go to maximum fun? That’s where the Brick comes in. This $70 brick works with regular Lego and allows you to add unique features to your models including motor controls and light handling. The device is very similar to the actual Mindstorms brain but won’t take up most of… Read More

  • ThinkGeek Sets Phasers To “Gesture-Based Remote Control”

    ThinkGeek Sets Phasers To “Gesture-Based Remote Control”

    Peddler of nerdy wares ThinkGeek has a new product launching just in time for San Diego Comic-Con, and it should give Trekkers more control over when and how they watch their favorite show. The gadget is a hyper-authentic replication of the Phaser from the original Star Trek series, complete with flashing lights, sounds, tactile force feedback and gesture-based remote control of gadgets… Read More

  • 500 Startups-Backed Roam And Wander Presents DiDi, An Interactive Teddy Bear

    500 Startups-Backed Roam And Wander Presents DiDi, An Interactive Teddy Bear

    Roam And Wander, a toy and children’s entertainment studio that is currently participating in 500 Startups’ accelerator program, is now raising funds for its latest stuffed animal on Kickstarter. Called DiDi, the classic brown teddy bear is twice as large as Roam and Wander’s last toy, a bunny named TuTu, and comes to life with the aid of an iPad. Read More

  • You Know, For Kids: A Quick Look At The 3Doodler 3D-Extrusion Toy

    You Know, For Kids: A Quick Look At The 3Doodler 3D-Extrusion Toy

    When we first broke the news about the 3Doodler I was pretty excited. It was supposed to bring 3D printing to kids in a way that was easy-to-use and fun. Created by a pair of veteran toy makers, it was bound to be a hit – and it was. The product hit $2.3 million on Kickstarter and was a sleeper hit of the holiday. Now that it’s for sale at retail – and now that I’ve… Read More

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