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…

From Croatia, soft toy uses sensors to detect babies’ vitals
While health services such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada have invested in humanoid robots to calm children down during visits, our latest spotting is offering a similar idea, but this time for the home. Teddy the Guardian is a soft toy that is embedded with sensors and delivers data on babies’ vital signs in a fun and playful way. READ MORE…

From Croatia, soft toy uses sensors to detect babies’ vitals

While health services such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada have invested in humanoid robots to calm children down during visits, our latest spotting is offering a similar idea, but this time for the home. Teddy the Guardian is a soft toy that is embedded with sensors and delivers data on babies’ vital signs in a fun and playful way. READ MORE…

Toy store stocks only cardboard boxes
Imagination is one of the most important faculties a child can develop – it’s one of the stepping stones to innovation, after all. We’ve already seen Box Play for Kids encourage children to transform empty packaging into playtime treasures, and now Mr Imagine’s Toy Store is using the idea to tap into the creativity of kids, offering only cardboard boxes to play with. READ MORE…

Toy store stocks only cardboard boxes

Imagination is one of the most important faculties a child can develop – it’s one of the stepping stones to innovation, after all. We’ve already seen Box Play for Kids encourage children to transform empty packaging into playtime treasures, and now Mr Imagine’s Toy Store is using the idea to tap into the creativity of kids, offering only cardboard boxes to play with. READ MORE…

Toy and story kit aims to encourage girls to develop an interest in engineering
The engineering sector is dominated by men and there are those who believe that the female perspective could bring fresh thinking and innovation to such an important industry. The Roominate range of dolls’ houses is already offering a way for girls to become interested in design and electronics, and now GoldieBlox is another startup using building blocks and story books to encourage girls to construct spaces and objects. READ MORE…

Toy and story kit aims to encourage girls to develop an interest in engineering

The engineering sector is dominated by men and there are those who believe that the female perspective could bring fresh thinking and innovation to such an important industry. The Roominate range of dolls’ houses is already offering a way for girls to become interested in design and electronics, and now GoldieBlox is another startup using building blocks and story books to encourage girls to construct spaces and objects. READ MORE…

Battery-free toys for young kids by quarterly subscription
In this era of electronic and battery-operated toys, we’ve already seen a few efforts to “push back” with toys that are more sustainable and kid-powered instead. Now, New Orleans-based Little Pnuts is taking that premise a step further with a quarterly subscription service that sends a curated assortment of eco-friendly, organic and battery-free toys for kids up to five years old. READ MORE…

Battery-free toys for young kids by quarterly subscription

In this era of electronic and battery-operated toys, we’ve already seen a few efforts to “push back” with toys that are more sustainable and kid-powered instead. Now, New Orleans-based Little Pnuts is taking that premise a step further with a quarterly subscription service that sends a curated assortment of eco-friendly, organic and battery-free toys for kids up to five years old. READ MORE…

Wise Words with Aaron Horowitz and Hannah Chung

Last month we came across a bear with a difference. Jerry the Bear is a teddy designed to help children diagnosed with diabetes manage and understand their condition. Jerry’s eyelids can close to show he is low in energy, until he is fed certain foods or given a pretend insulin injection which then boost his glucose levels, indicated on a screen implanted into his belly. READ MORE…