The holidays are almost here, and you're looking for the perfect gift for the kid(s). You know, that "wow" gift that will make their whole holiday. But with so many cool toys coming out, which is the right one? Never fear, Tom's Guide is here with a list of awesomely tech-y toys that are guaranteed to put a smile on just about any kid's face.
What's old is new again. Simon, the popular music memory game from the ‘80s, has gotten an update to appeal to today’s tech-savvy kids. Simon Optix is a headset that essentially turns your face into a game, challenging you to memorize the light pattern and move your hands in the correct sequence. And for the true Simon experience, you can sync up two or more helmets for competitive play.
Sometimes a kid (or adult) needs a little pampering. Orbeez, the colorful plastic balls that grow when you add water, now has its Ultimate Soothing Spa. Just add some of the 2,000 beads in the set and warm water to the spa, and let the cascading beads massage your feet for some much-needed relaxation.
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Forget having a monkey on your back. Fingerlings puts an adorable little primate on your finger, pencil or wherever you want to place it. Available in six fun colors, each Fingerling makes 40 unique sounds depending on how you hold them. Blow them kisses, rock them to sleep or clap your hands to make them sing -- no matter what you do, they're sure to be as fun as a barrel of monkeys.
Want to get your child interested in playing a musical instrument, but don't want to spend hundreds? It's time to check out the Otamatone, an electronic instrument that resembles a music note and creates weird, but beautiful music. YouTube has some impressive videos of the Otamatone being used to play popular hits, like Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and A-Ha's "Take On Me."
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Billed as the world's first mini Bluetooth speakers that can be paired, the Duets by Audio Pet speakers are mighty cute to boot. Available in seven animal forms, including a panda, kitty or frog, these speakers can be paired for a stereo effect. And despite their small size, Duets pack a powerful punch that's perfect for younger music lovers.
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Whether they're skateboarding, surfing or bike riding, kids lead pretty active lives. Let them capture all their adventures with VTech's Kidizoom Action Cam, which records video in 640 x 480p and features a 1.4-inch LCD color display, a 32GB SD card, two bike mounts and a durable underwater case with an estimated 2.5-hour battery life.
Building a robot is cool. But battling bots is even cooler. Now kids can do both with the Vex Robotics Minotaur. After they finish constructing their new robotic friend, they can pit it against other battle bots. Or just keep it in their room. Either way, it's a great way to get your kid interested in the STEM fields.