Through app, parents share the best child-friendly venues
Parenting is a long-haul job, and one that changes from year to year as kids grow up and demand different things. We’ve already seen the BleepBleeps set of smart sensors help parents from pregnancy to teenage, and now a new app called KiddyUp enables parents to share their favorite venues for children of all ages, including diaper-changing rooms, playgrounds and kids’ food locations. READ MORE…

Through app, parents share the best child-friendly venues

Parenting is a long-haul job, and one that changes from year to year as kids grow up and demand different things. We’ve already seen the BleepBleeps set of smart sensors help parents from pregnancy to teenage, and now a new app called KiddyUp enables parents to share their favorite venues for children of all ages, including diaper-changing rooms, playgrounds and kids’ food locations. READ MORE…

Smartband for kids turns any object into a toy
Parents often express concern over the effect technology is having on their children. As the thinking goes, kids these days have replaced playing in the park with Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, and their imaginations are being eroded by tech that does all the thinking for them. Springwise recently wrote about Loop — a gaming system that aims to tackle the first issue with gameplay that takes place outdoors — and now Japanese innovators have developed Moff, a smart bracelet that lets kids use any object as a toy in a number of imagination-based smartphone games. READ MORE…

Smartband for kids turns any object into a toy

Parents often express concern over the effect technology is having on their children. As the thinking goes, kids these days have replaced playing in the park with Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, and their imaginations are being eroded by tech that does all the thinking for them. Springwise recently wrote about Loop — a gaming system that aims to tackle the first issue with gameplay that takes place outdoors — and now Japanese innovators have developed Moff, a smart bracelet that lets kids use any object as a toy in a number of imagination-based smartphone games. READ MORE…

Netflix for kids’ books makes reading fun with unlockable achievements
Getting kids to read can sometimes be a difficult task if they don’t have a lot of options to choose from or — what’s more likely — they’d rather play on their phone or tablet. While ideas such as the scannable Smart PJ’s have embraced new technologies to make picking a new story at bedtime more engaging, a new service for kids called Epic! offers a large digital library of children’s titles, complete with rewards for finishing chapters and embarking on reading marathons. READ MORE…

Netflix for kids’ books makes reading fun with unlockable achievements

Getting kids to read can sometimes be a difficult task if they don’t have a lot of options to choose from or — what’s more likely — they’d rather play on their phone or tablet. While ideas such as the scannable Smart PJ’s have embraced new technologies to make picking a new story at bedtime more engaging, a new service for kids called Epic! offers a large digital library of children’s titles, complete with rewards for finishing chapters and embarking on reading marathons. READ MORE…

QR code name tags help return kids’ stuff to their owners
Smartphones come with a number of technologies that enable them to detect the presence of objects that have gone missing, from GPS and Bluetooth, to RFID — which has been used in innovations such as the Bikn locator tag. Other items that currently aren’t enabled with such technology are still prone to evade discovery however, especially when it comes to kids’ stuff at school. From Australia, StrayHat is using QR code name tags to make the return of lost objects easier for parents. READ MORE…

QR code name tags help return kids’ stuff to their owners

Smartphones come with a number of technologies that enable them to detect the presence of objects that have gone missing, from GPS and Bluetooth, to RFID — which has been used in innovations such as the Bikn locator tag. Other items that currently aren’t enabled with such technology are still prone to evade discovery however, especially when it comes to kids’ stuff at school. From Australia, StrayHat is using QR code name tags to make the return of lost objects easier for parents. READ MORE…

Eco bottle caps double as Lego blocks
Bottle caps typically serve a humble purpose and aren’t really thought of as the most practical invention ever — instead, they contribute to more than USD 1 billion worth of plastic waste that ends up in US landfills each year, rather than being recycled. While in the past we have seen initiatives turn them into mini indoor gardens, a new scheme called Clever Caps has redesigned them to give them extra use as Lego-style bricks after they’ve finished their life as a bottle cap. READ MORE…

Eco bottle caps double as Lego blocks

Bottle caps typically serve a humble purpose and aren’t really thought of as the most practical invention ever — instead, they contribute to more than USD 1 billion worth of plastic waste that ends up in US landfills each year, rather than being recycled. While in the past we have seen initiatives turn them into mini indoor gardens, a new scheme called Clever Caps has redesigned them to give them extra use as Lego-style bricks after they’ve finished their life as a bottle cap. READ MORE…

MakerBot’s kids’ book teaches them about 3D printing
We featured Brooklyn-based MakerBot on these pages back in 2010 thanks to its efforts to bring 3D printing to the masses with its initial range of build-your-own desktop machines. Now the project has created LEO the Maker Prince, a children’s storybook that helps them learn about 3D printing and then download files to bring the characters to life. READ MORE…

MakerBot’s kids’ book teaches them about 3D printing

We featured Brooklyn-based MakerBot on these pages back in 2010 thanks to its efforts to bring 3D printing to the masses with its initial range of build-your-own desktop machines. Now the project has created LEO the Maker Prince, a children’s storybook that helps them learn about 3D printing and then download files to bring the characters to life. READ MORE…

Social hospital toy lets isolated young patients play with other kids
Hospitals are never fun for kids, and we’ve seen a number of ideas in the past attempt to make their experience more comfortable, from pirate-themed CT scanners to fun robots. But being able to interact with other children is still a major bonus, something denied to kids who need to be kept in isolation or quarantine. From the Netherlands, Konnekt is a hospital isolation barrier that doubles as a two-way toy, enabling collaborative play among children that have to be separated. READ MORE…

Social hospital toy lets isolated young patients play with other kids

Hospitals are never fun for kids, and we’ve seen a number of ideas in the past attempt to make their experience more comfortable, from pirate-themed CT scanners to fun robots. But being able to interact with other children is still a major bonus, something denied to kids who need to be kept in isolation or quarantine. From the Netherlands, Konnekt is a hospital isolation barrier that doubles as a two-way toy, enabling collaborative play among children that have to be separated. READ MORE…

Loop is a gaming system that gets kids outdoors
While the Nintendo Wii has gone some way to introduce physical activity into gaming, and ideas such as NexGym have aimed to entice kids by incorporating gaming into exercise regimes, gaming and outdoor play are still largely two separate entities. Loop is an open-source audio gaming platform that quantifies kids’ outdoor play and gets them physically competing with friends. READ MORE…

Loop is a gaming system that gets kids outdoors

While the Nintendo Wii has gone some way to introduce physical activity into gaming, and ideas such as NexGym have aimed to entice kids by incorporating gaming into exercise regimes, gaming and outdoor play are still largely two separate entities. Loop is an open-source audio gaming platform that quantifies kids’ outdoor play and gets them physically competing with friends. READ MORE…

Ad agency harness kids’ imagination while teaching them tricks of the trade
Tapping the creativity and oddball imagination of young kids isn’t a new idea, and in the past brands such as Whole Foods have already crowdsourced eco ideas from teenagers. Now the Pets4Pets Project has developed a new ad campaign that consulted children during every step of the process. READ MORE…

Ad agency harness kids’ imagination while teaching them tricks of the trade

Tapping the creativity and oddball imagination of young kids isn’t a new idea, and in the past brands such as Whole Foods have already crowdsourced eco ideas from teenagers. Now the Pets4Pets Project has developed a new ad campaign that consulted children during every step of the process. READ MORE…

Wooden toy teaches preschoolers to code, before they can read and write
For the majority of consumers, being able to use an app is akin to knowing how to speak a language but not read and write, as many are ‘code-illiterate’ when it comes to computer programming. Today, consumers can barely remember how they got anything done before smartphones, and yet the majority have no idea how the code that powers the apps they use everyday actually works. Hoping to teach children the basics of coding from as young as three years of age, Primo is on the surface a wooden toy for children, but is in fact a robotics kit that uses a visual block-based language to enable kids to learn how to program. READ MORE…

Wooden toy teaches preschoolers to code, before they can read and write

For the majority of consumers, being able to use an app is akin to knowing how to speak a language but not read and write, as many are ‘code-illiterate’ when it comes to computer programming. Today, consumers can barely remember how they got anything done before smartphones, and yet the majority have no idea how the code that powers the apps they use everyday actually works. Hoping to teach children the basics of coding from as young as three years of age, Primo is on the surface a wooden toy for children, but is in fact a robotics kit that uses a visual block-based language to enable kids to learn how to program. READ MORE…