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This DIY Wearable Lets Kids Make and Program Their Own Toys – Core77.com

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Technology Will Save Us[1], the London-based tech-for-kids company, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new wearable device (a slight departure from the DIY kits they are known for). Inspired by the potentials of learning by doing (and playing!) the Mover Kit[2] offers an intuitive way for kids to learn the fundamental principles of programming, electronics and computational thinking. “While kids are avid consumers of technology, they can find creating and making with it complex and scary. Kids who might want to get involved in making with digital technologies are getting left behind,” says TWSU co-founder and CEO, Bethany Koby. “Mover Kit is about educating kids through play and also addressing the ever-present problem of our gender gap.” 

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Straight out of the box, the kit contains a core unit (which looks a bit like a bicycle bell), a circuit board, an accelerometer, a magnetometer and eight RGB LED lights. Once the kit is put together (the team estimates only a 15-minute assembly time), the toy is basically a blank slate for kids’ imagination’s to run wild. 

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The Mover can be programmed to animate an endless list of games and activities. “We designed Mover Kit alongside children and tested prototypes with over 300 kids,” says Koby. “They showed us that they were most excited about technology that they could wear and that responded to activities.” One child built a robot costume and programmed his Mover to light a string of LED lights when he walks. Another turned his gadget into a compass, programming it to light up only when he is moving North. Others use them as bike lights. The Mover gives kids the opportunity to flex their creative muscles without constraint—first imagining the use, then creating the object and rules to make it happen.  

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imageSome kids use the Mover to activate their fantasies—like this pretty awesome lightsaber—while others use their Movers to keep tabs on their daily routines, like the kid who programmed his Mover to light up after two minutes of tooth brushing. 

Once the kit is built, it can be easily reprogrammed through an accompanying online platform called Make. Featuring a simple, block-based interface, kids learn the basics of coding through a basic “if this, then that” logic. There’s also an open-source platform where kids can browse and download preprogrammed modes designed by other children. That’s the only time kids interact with a screen during the process—once their Mover is programmed it becomes a part of their daily lives. “We don’t want this to be something that needs a screen, it’s something you do in the world,” explains Koby. 

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The Mover Kit is currently in it’s last week for funding on Kickstarter and is set to release later this year—support the project here[3].

References

  1. ^ Technology Will Save Us (www.techwillsaveus.com)
  2. ^ Mover Kit (www.kickstarter.com)
  3. ^ here (www.kickstarter.com)

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This Ad For A Dallas Vintage Toy Shop Speaks To The Five&Year&Old In All Of Us – Co.Create

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Co.Create[1]

The selfish five-year-old in all of us who hates to share, that is.

It’s about to be that time of year where the ads get so thick with nostalgia and sentimentality that turning on your TV for an hour is virtually a guarantee that you’re going to end up with tears streaming down your face. You turn on the game, and suddenly you’re listening to swelling strings and thinking about how your Nana died when you were 12, or how your little girl grew up too fast and your death is impending, so buy some friggin’ Christmas presents already.

Classic toy shop Dallas Vintage Toys has seen ‘em all, and their agency Dieste found a way to tweak that formula in a way that’s extremely satisfying. The “dad helps his young son build a costume” trope is done to death, and the first half of the commercial indulges that fully, hitting all of the notes we’re accustomed to—an acoustic guitar score, a dedicated boy sketching his dream costume, some father/son bonding over the project—before revealing the note-perfect twist that feeling like you’re five is way better than being five, as the dad unveils his high-end, ultra-realistic robot costume to his son.

Adults being mean to little kids never stops being funny, and it’s the perfect way to advertise a store that sells a sealed Return of the Jedi Imperial Shuttle for $ 800[2] or a 1986 Shazam! action figure from DC’s SuperPowers line for $ 450[3]. If you’re drawn to those things—and you’ve got the money to spend on ‘em—you’re probably the sort of person who dreams of a robot suit like the one in the ad, and Dallas Vintage Toys wants you to know that that’s okay.

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References

  1. ^ Co.Create (www.fastcocreate.com)
  2. ^ a sealed Return of the Jedi Imperial Shuttle for $ 800 (www.dallasvintagetoys.com)
  3. ^ a 1986 Shazam! action figure from DC’s SuperPowers line for $ 450 (www.dallasvintagetoys.com)

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This 11-Year-Old Collects Toys For Kids less than he is … – Huffington Post

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  • Yes, it’s that time! ‘Most Wanted’ toys this season – CNBC

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    Active engagement

    Toys that encourage kids to keep moving are becoming more popular, including the Zoomer Dino (Spin Master), Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega Thunderbow (Hasbro) and Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car (Mattel).

    Maker movement

    Analysts have been calling out a trend in crafty and customized products since the Toy Fair in February. TTPM’s list includes the DohVinci Style & Store Vanity (Hasbro), Wackytivities Kinetic Sand (Spin Master), Lego Fusion Town Master (Lego) and the Hot Wheels Airbrush Auto Designer (Mattel).

    “Parents love them because they promote play value,” Silver said. “That’s their biggest fearthat the kids will play with a toy for 10 minutes and then toss it aside.”

    Kids’ wearables

    There are two notable smartwatches for kids, Silver said: Leapband (LeapFrog) and Kidizoom (VTech), which come with kid-friendly games and other features.

    Read MoreWill one of these be the next hot holiday toy?
    [1]

    It’s still too early to know which toys will fly off shelves. “Overall, the consumer has been pretty hesitant,” said McGowan, adding that many shoppers are likely to wait to buy, holding out for sales.

    And maybe for some more practical reasons as well. Billy, general manager of YouTube channel Bratayley[2] and dad to its three vlogging stars, said the kids have yet to make their lists. (The family doesn’t publicize its last name for privacy reasons.)

    “Seeing [hot toys listed] on a piece of paper doesn’t mean anything to them,” he said.

    Read MoreWal-Mart’s hot holiday toy picks
    [3]

    References

    1. ^ Will one of these be the next hot holiday toy? (www.cnbc.com)
    2. ^ Bratayley (www.youtube.com)
    3. ^ Wal-Mart’s hot holiday toy picks (www.cnbc.com)

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    Little Tiger Toys in downtown Bellingham will close for good later this month. – The Bellingham Business Journal (blog)

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    Little Tiger Toys closing shop in downtown Bellingham[1]

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    Filed on 14. May, 2014 in News[2][3]

    Little Tiger Toys in downtown Bellingham will close for good later this month. Store manager Selah Tay-Song announced the decision in an email to customers on May 14. Little Tiger Toys has begun a liquidation sale of its merchandise; the store carries toys and games for customers of all ages. The store’s final day will be Monday, May 26, Tay-Song said. Until then, Little Tiger Toys will keep its regular daily hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and might stay open later in the evening on a few of its remaining days, she added. “We deeply appreciate all of the community relationships and support,” Tay-Song said. “We have a lot of customers who care about what we do, but not enough customers to carry us in this space.” Tay-Song said Little Tiger Toys struggled to make a profit each year since moving to its current location at 112 Grand Ave.[4], in May 2012. The store opened in 2008 at 1417 Railroad Ave., next to Casa Que Pasa.

    Calling 2014 a “make it or break it” year, Tay-Song said the goal was to grow Little Tiger Toys’ annual profit by 1-5 percent by the end of the year. But that goal now appears unattainable.

    She declined to say how much money Little Tiger Toys made in 2013. But she did say the store was profitable prior to its move to Grand Avenue.

    Tay-Song said Little Tiger Toys faced significant competition from online retailers. She said her staff would regularly overhear customers discussing how they had previously seen or purchased in-store merchandise through Amazon or other Web-based merchants.

    Along with additional competition from other local toy stores, Tay-Song said the business faced several other challenges, including a drop in foot traffic and available parking after the store moved locations downtown.

    In the end, business expenses simply overran sales, she said.

    Tay-Song said she and her staff have greatly appreciated all of the support customers gave the store. She noted how customers pulled through to help Little Tiger Toys weather a loss of sales from a temporary store closure last December[5] after a burst pipe caused significant water damage.

    “People came out in a such a big way,” she said.

    Evan Marczynski, associate editor of The Bellingham Business Journal, can be reached at 360-647-8805, Ext. 5052, or evan@bbjtoday.com[6]

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    Toy Fair 2014: Here is the Toys Your kids want this year – CBS Local

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    Bill Sencio

    Every February, Toy Fair is coming to New York City. This exhibition shows all toy companies from around the world to show off their latest products and every toymaker Lego for Mattel to Hasbro there with previews of the year’s hottest new toy. As a dyed-the-wool “big boy” I jumped at the chance to check out Toy Fair first hand. Here’s what I saw.

    Anyone with children in their lives know toys can be a big deal and Toy Fair proves that. Spread across the floor of the Javits Center in Manhattan, this show is four days filled with toy designers and sellers and potential buyers of all types of retailers, large, eye-catching displays, bright colors and sounds, and, of course, lots and lots of toys.

    The floor is a feast for the eyes, stretching the equivalent of five city blocks with row after row of stalls filled with new products from all over the world … and that does not even count the number of larger companies like Hasbro makers of Transformers, My Little Pony and Star Wars toys whose display was off site.

    PHOTOS: NEW YORK Toy Fair 2014 [1] Getting p> brass tacks, let’s talk toys, there were plenty of great new items for children of all ages, based on new movies coming this summer as Planet of the Apes , collectibles based on popular TV shows like Big Bang Theory , and lots of cute animals-such as internet My personal favorite Grumpy Cat is immortalized in toy form.

    Lego was to check in with a huge display of all their major building toy. One of the most beautiful displays From the simple Duplo sets for the little-little ones, their popular series like Ninjago, Chima and Lego Friends, there is something for everyone this year from Lego. In addition to their own brands, the Enfield-based company will construction toys based on Star Wars movies like The Amazing Spider-Man is released Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy , and a huge line up of figures, vehicles and playsets of the smash hit The Lego Movie .

     Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    were under the coolest sets exhibited the Sea Cow, the huge pirate ship The Lego Movie ‘s Metal Beard and a super cool Lego version of The House of The Simpsons, complete with the family in minifigure form.

     Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    I was also charmed by the Mixels, a new toy line buildable creatures in different colors theme strains (red guys for fire, blue for water, that sort of thing). They get their own series of shorts on Cartoon Network, and they were all a little weird and totally fun. I think I have enough room on my desk for a few of them? …

     Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Hasbro had another very impressive showcase, with lots of fun toys for girls and boys come in 2014. This year will see many new toys from My Little Pony, the Equestria Girls, Mr. Potato Head, the Littlest Pet Shop and more. However, the major focus was to support toys soon-to-be blockbuster movies like Transformers : Age of Extinction , Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy . Each property will see a lot of toys, and there were some really nice items soon shelves for toys.

     Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    A new series of Transformers toys will be easy to use transformations provided so kids their favorite character switch from robot to vehicle and back with a flick of the wrist. And the new film will be more than just cars … a series Dinobots also comes with all the new robots that transform into dinosaurs provided! The Marvel films’ toy lines will vary from game action gear, like Captain America’s shield and Spider-Man’s web-shooters that children can wear, as well as a wide variety of action figures and more. I was particularly impressed with a new toy called Mashers, that cartoon figurines of Marvel heroes and Transformers, each with interchangeable arms, legs and heads, allowing kids to create. Their own custom character

     Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Star Wars is a perennial favorite for children and adults , and this year will be great, with toys based on the new Star Wars Rebel cartoon, play action lightsabers and blasters, and a line of highly detailed action figures geared for adult collectors called The Black Series, containing meticulously detailed toy versions of classic Star Wars heroes, villains … and even a huge toy version of Jabba the Hutt!

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    Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Mattel was another large company with an exciting spectacle, with many new toys based on DC Comics WWE Hot Wheels and ready for the new year. Their lineup of products had something for children of any age, and some of their newest items, especially the red hot Monster High dolls are sure to wind up on many Christmas wish lists this year.

     Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Playmates Toys beaten gold Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , and 2014 will see based on the hit Nickelodeon TV show. lots of exciting new toys In addition to plush dolls, talking action figures and child-sized ninja weapons and turtle shells, will be holding their action figure line with many new characters, playsets that kids’ toys sails on to send remain on cable cars, the room and a very cool Turtle blimp that looked just like the one I had as a child (okay, I do it, I admit still have it today).

     Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    heroes on the half shell also get their own new film this summer, and Playmates finished an additional lineup of products based on the new live-action film. Although there is no photography allowed for the new movie items, all looked very cool new toys, based on a more realistic approach to the mutant heroes. All of the TMNT film products retail hit along with the film this summer.

     Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    Photo: Bill Sencio, CBS Connecticut

    There is

    a lot of cool things coming this year for anyone who loves toys, and I was really impressed by the amount of fun products and playable new items in store for 2014. While a geek as I had a very great time spending a whole day playing with toys in New York, the amount of cool things on the display and the interesting people behind this merchandise would definitely boy

    awaken in everyone.

    References

    1. ^ PHOTOS: NEW YORK Toy Fair 2014 (connecticut.cbslocal.com)

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