Happy children’s day – well, to all the ‘kids’ in us! Believe me, the techie-at-heart are actually kids-at-heart too. Okay, so that might be a bit over the top, but the write-up below would actually make you crave for your childhood once again – thanks to our handpicked tech toys exclusively for the techie children of this generation.It is a fact that the children’s toy market is awash with over-priced junk destined to end up unloved and forgotten at the bottom of a toy box within days of being unwrapped. Finding gadgets for kids that’s inspiring and educational, but fun enough to keep them coming back to it is in one word – tough!So, here are some options and we’re not going to offer any obvious categories like tablets or smartphones — you can anytime google for those. This is about interesting and unusual gadgets that will hopefully delight your wee ones…and the younger ones within yourselves!
- Osmo Gaming System for iPad
Age group: 4years-teens
This fun little add-on for the iPad consists of game pieces, a unique reflector, and mobile apps that work in tandem for an interactive experience. The system offers four games: Osmo Tangram, Osmo Words, Osmo Newton, and Osmo Masterpiece that can be downloaded from the iTune App store for free. Tangram and Words require the game pieces while Newton and Masterpiece make use of the Osmo reflector and base.
Price: Rs 5,750.Availability: Amazon, Flipkart, and eBay
- Cheerson CX-10 (Nano) Quadcopter
Age group: 13 years to early 20s
This nano drone is more suited for teenagers as it may be too complicated for younger users. The Cheerson CX-10 can fit in the palm of a fully grown adult’s hand and is yet agile enough to zip through rooms. It comes with a tiny remote control that features two analog Sticks, sensitivity adjustors, and a Power Button. This nifty piece of technology is available in four different colours: Blue, yellow, orange and green.
Price: Starts at Rs 1,789Availability: Amazon, Flipkart, and eBay
- Veho Digital Microscope
Age group: 13years to any age groupThis digital microscope is great for children with inquisitive minds. It comes with a USB cable, a monopod stand, installation CD and user manuals. The device is capable of magnification from 20-400x and is compatible with PC and Mac via USB. On the device you will find a button for taking photographs; a wheel that adjusts the brightness of the LED lights; and a silver wheel to adjust focus. With this gadget, you can also take pictures at a resolution of 1600×1200 and record videos at a resolution of 1280×960.Price: Rs 7,330Availability: Amazon and eBay
- Sphero 2.0: The App-Enabled Robotic Ball
Age group: 8years-young adults
The Sphero 2.0 Robot blends playing, learning, and exploring in a manner that is not only fun but also unique. The spherical robot can help users learn programming, engineering, math, science, art, writing and even listen to music. The Robot comes with a suite of fun apps such as The Rolling Dead, Pass the Sphero, Sphero Chromo and more. Oh, and it is also waterproof and pet-proof.
Price: Starts at 15,324Availability: Amazon
- S3 Cleverkeet Bird
Age group: 3years-8years
Suitable for younger children, the Cleverkeet bird is capable of dancing, singing, chatting and cart riding. The animatronic bird responds to your voice – although you have to name him first – and can even learn new words. With the Cleverkeet you will also get a playpen; a food and water perch; a handheld perch, even a little cart for the critter to ride around in.
Price: Starting at Rs 3,326Availability: Amazon, Flipkart, eBay