These days, the toy industry is all about technology. So even, though the 2017 New York Toy Fair had its fair share of plush animals and plastic action figures, the halls were teaming with kid-friendly gadgets. Many companies showed off robot kits designed to teach children about programming and circuitry, but other toys, such as drones and personal assistants were all about fun.
These are our favorite tech toys from the show.
The tank-like Batmobile was one of the few truly awesome parts of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. For $249, you'll be able to get an incredibly life-like replica, complete with smoke that comes out of the exhaust and a 6-inch batman figure that actually moves the steering wheel inside as dashboard lights flare.
You can control the Ultimate Batmobile with your mobile device and watch as an on-board camera shows you exactly what Batman sees. You can also control the headlights and fire the rockets and guns.
If you've ever wondered what it feels like to be a drone, the DR1 FPV has your answer. Due out later this year, the $99 micro drone comes with both a controller and a VR headset, which is powered by your phone. As you fly the quadcopter around at blazing speeds -- this is designed for racing -- its camera sends a live video feed back to the headset so you can see what it sees in real-time. There's also an identical kit with a car instead of a copter.
Help me, Barbie! You're my only hope. Looking a lot like Princess Leia's holographic projection from Star Wars, Hello Barbie Hologram is a 3D digital assistant and virtual friend for girls ages 6 and up. Kids can ask Barbie for the weather, tell her to remember a birthday or just watch her dance to music. With a simple command, girls will also be able to change Barbie's ethnicity and clothing.
Who doesn't love BB-8, the ball-shaped droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Other companies have come out with their own BB-8 robots, but Spin Master's upcoming Hero Droid BB-8 stands out from the crowd by responding to a series of voice commands, using sensors to follow you around and looking so much like the real thing.
He's back and better than ever! Everyone's favorite talking teddy bear is getting a reboot for the Internet age. The new Teddy Ruxpin connects to your phone or tablet to download fresh stories it can tell with its moving mouth and expressive LED eyes. Kids can follow along with the story on their tablets or just listen as Teddy spins a tale.
Teddy will be available this fall for $99 and come preloaded with three stories. Parents will then be able to pay for additional content via the app.
Part of UBTech's Jimu line of educational robot kits, the $199 AstroBot kit can be put together as three different kinds of robots: a vehicle with wheels, an anthropomorphic unit with feet and a Walle like bot with treads. After kids put it together, they can control the robot using a block-based programming language or dive directly into code.
An infrared sensor keeps AstroBot from bumping into objects. LED lights in its eyes and a built-in speaker make it extremely customizable and fun to play with. It can even lift small objects with its hands.
This adorable robot can roll around on its treads, pick up rather large objects with its hands and avoid bumping into objects thanks to an infrared sensor. Kids can program M.A.X., either with the onboard keypad or from a mobile device. When it comes out this fall for $149, the robot will also have a rich app with built-in gaming platform.
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