CES isn't just about processors and platforms. These days, the world's largest electronics show is also about parents and children. That's why our partners at FamilyTech TV sat down with some of the top companies in the to talk about their latest child-friendly gadgets, from fun robots to parental control features. (Photo Credit: Lego Boost Robots by Jeremy Lips/Tom's Guide)
Philips showed off a number of devices that connect to its uGrow infant care app. These included a smart baby bottle sleeve that monitors milk temperature, a connected air and Hue lighting that adjusts its color to help your baby relax. uGrow will soon integrate with Amazon Echo so you can command it with your voice.
Comcast's Xfinity Home service offers a combination of security and home automation features, all in one convenient interface. The most important feature for parents? You can use the system to find out when your children have arrived at home and how many friends they've brought with them.
Lego Boost teaches children seven and up some basic programming principles. You can build five different kinds of robots then control them using a simple tablet app.
Designed to teach young children phonics, Square Panda pairs a set of tactile letters with a Bluetooth-connected board. Kids place these real letters into slots on the board while playing any of dozens of games which appear on an iOS or Android tablet.
Designed for children ages five and up, this motor and wiring system teaches you about electricity by allowing you to enhance your existing toys. It works with Legos, stuffed animals or anything else you want to upgrade.
Kids sit on rugs for story time, but how often is the rug itself an integral part of the story? SpinTails Jungle Rug works with an augmented reality app on your phone or tablet that shows different characters when you point your mobile device at markers on the threaded surface. The software also includes activities such as matching games.
The 3-foot-tall Avatar Mind iPal is designed to be a friend to children aged 3 to 8. This social robot can provide educational programs, respond to voice and touch (pat its head to turn it off) and also serve as a roving security monitor as parents use its camera to keep an eye on their kids.