6 Electronic Toys for Kids

Get ready for an action-packed list of cool electronic toys for kids.   The choice of electronic interactive toys grows every year, and the toy makers grow more and more innovative along the way.

1. Miposaur

miposaur

Miposaur Dinosaur

Miposaur responds to the swipe of your hand! Miposaur has three different moods and ten different commands including things like Swipe, CLap, and Scare. Depending on what it’s in, Miposaur will react to gestures differently.

2. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Garage

Vtech Go! Go! Garage

Vtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Garage

This is a fun playset for the younger crowd – 1-5 year olds.  The VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Park and Learn Deluxe Garage has a ton a exciting things to do.  For example roll the SmartPoint tow truck over 9 SmartPoint locations to hear different phrases, music or fun sound effects. The set includes 7 interchangeable track pieces.  The track pieces connect to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels or Go! Go! Smart Animals playsets (each sold separately) to encourage creativity.

3. VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix

Kidizoom Camera Pix - Pink

Kidizoom Camera Pix – Pink

Kids can take real digital photographs with the VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix.  This kid-friendly camera includes all the tools budding photographers want to use.  Want to take a selfie? The automatic face detection lets you take great ones. Explore your creativity by using static and animated photo effects to enhance your pictures. The Camera Pix also has a video recorder, voice recorder, 4 built-in games and more that add to the fun. Intended for ages 3 to 8 years.

4. KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones

KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones

KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones

Kids love listening to music, but how to you protect them from damaging their hearing while wearing headphones?  The KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones are designed to protect children’s hearing as they listen to movies, music, games, and more without compromising sound quality.  These headphones come in various colors.

5. Snap Circuits – Arcade

Snap Circuits Arcade Kit

Snap Circuits Arcade Kit

The Snap Circuits Arcade Kit follows in a long line of electronic kits that teach children the foundations of electronic design.  These innovative kits contain color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. In this Arcade you do the building and can even program some of your projects. Change the readout on the Programmable Fan module through the included U29 LED Display and Micro Controller. Recommended for children 8 and older.

6. LEGO Mindstorms Robot Kit

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit

The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robot Kit is one of the most advanced electronics kit you can find, and it has the well-established LEGO company behind it. At the heart of the product is the Intelligent EV3 Brick with powerful ARM9 processor, USB port for WiFi and Internet connectivity, Micro SD card reader, back-lit buttons and 4 motor ports. You can use the building App to help build your robots, or advance to the EV3 software for your PC or Mac to build more advanced designs. Building instructions for 5 robots included.

 

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Gifts for Teens: Bluetooth Speakers

JBL Splashproof Speaker

We all know that teens are not interested in Barbie dolls and Hot Wheel, but one thing that most teens have in common are their interest in music.  In this article we delve a little bit into the world of Bluetooth speakers.  Most people are familiar with Bluetooth – the short-range radio signalling protocol that allows personal devices to communication and transmit data and especially audio.

People don’t carry boomboxes that play cassette tapes or even CDs any more.  They play their music through their smart devices and audio players either from digital music files or through online services such as Pandora and Spotify.

First of all let’s be clear that this is not a hands-on review, and by no means are we researching every Bluetooth speaker on the market.  There are probably 100 or more such devices for sale, so we are limiting ourselves to the ones that have the highest user reviews on sites like Amazon.com.

So let’s first go over some of the features that you should look for in a Bluetooth speaker:

  • Sound Quality – Cheaper uits typically have worse quality, but there are exceptions
  • Loudness – If you are using the speaker outdoors you may want a louder unit.
  • Battery Life – Important for portable speakers used on the go.
  • Size and Weight – Smaller is better for carrying and portability.
  • Water resistance – Needed if you use the speakers out in the wilderness.
  • Other Features – Additional connections, sound adjustments, etc.

We’ll touch on some of these qualities as we describe the handful of speakers mentioned in this article.

In addition to features you can also take into account the brand name of the speaker.  Some name brands will grab your attention: Bose, JBL, Logitech, and Anker.  And of course Amazon Basics is another common brand found on Amazon.com.  But remember that brand names usually command higher price tags, often warranted by the product, but you can also find satisfactory products from lesser-known brands.

Finally, before we get to the good stuff, since this is an article is geared towards gifts for teenagers we are limiting our article to speakers under $100.

Now let’s get to it …

Oontz Curve – Bluetooth Speaker

Oontz Curve Speaker

Oontz Curve Speaker

The Oontz Curve Bluetooth speaker is a good basic speaker at an affordable price  It has over 2000 reviews on Amazon and they are mostly very positive, with many mentioning the good quality sound that this speaker puts out.  It can run for 5 hours on a single charge of its lithium ion battery.  This speaker is actually small enough that you can fit it in the cupholder of your car.

This model comes in may different colors and can typically found in the $20-$30 range.  We think this is a good choice for an entry-level Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Splashproof Speaker

JBL Splashproof Speaker

The JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Bluetooth speaker is a step up from the plethora of budget and entry level models.  It sells in the $80-$100 range, although prices can vary over time.  The main feature of this unit is that it has very good water protection.  It is splash and rain proof, and you can even clean it under running water.

One thing that we like is that it can operate as a speakerphone for your smartphone.  When your phone rings while playing music you can simply press a button to receive the call through the speaker.

This JBL unit puts out some really good sound, especially the bass.  The battery is very good – providing up to 10 hours of playtime on a single charge.  The speaker comes in multiple colors.

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

Anker Bluetooth Speaker

Anker Bluetooth Speaker

The Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker is a very capable unit that delivers a very long playtime (up to 24 hours on a single charge) as well as a long Bluetooth range (66 ft).  The pricing is pretty much in between the previous two units in this article, so it will certainly not break your budget.

The size and weight make this a very portable unit, but it is designed by Anker to produce a very good quality sound including bass.

And finally, this product has an incredible 18-month warranty.  This is the icing on the cake for us – the risk/reward for the price is hard to beat.

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