The Internet is everywhere and just about anything can be connected to it, so why not toys? Gone are the days searching for batteries or lost controllers around the house, with smart toys or connected toys, so long as you have your mobile phone and a USB charger, you’re ready to play! It’s the next generation of entertainment and fun that I could only have dreamed of as a child. How lucky is this generation? Smart toys come in many forms, these wifi connected toys can be controlled by apps where users can download the toy’s application to their smart phones to fully experience the capabilities of the toy. Here is a list of the 12 best connected smart toys for kids that will impress any child or adult.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all now, here comes Yum & Done. It’s a smart toy spoon that is used to encourage toddlers to eat more healthy food. The smart spoon interacts with the app on your smartphone or tablet, making it an fun game where kids feel like they are feeding an imaginary toy on screen. This interactive meal buddy is currently in development.
Since we have a smart spoon, why not a smart toothbrush? Playbrush is a smart connected toothbrush that connects to your mobile or tablet device. You actually use your own toothbrush and insert it into the Bluetooth base, that has motion sensors that detect how to brush your teeth. This information gets transmitted back into the app, where you can get statistics, play the games and get rewards.
Romo: Your Robot Friend is a smartphone controlled toy that is used to hold an iPhone or iPod Touch. Originally funded through Kickstarter, users can control Romo to travel around the house and program the robot to complete various missions.
The Osmo is a physical game that breathes life into your iPad and lets kids play with actual game pieces that are reflected back into the app. The starter kit comes with four games and you can get additional add on games for learning how to code, or exploring science, math and art. Designed for kids age 6 and up, it’s a fun educational toy for hours upon hours of learning.
The Ozobot 2.0. is a tiny robot that teaches coding and programming using a simple visual programming language. There’s a great community of users that create and share their own games, so kids can have fun bringing their game creations to life.
For those who are fans of the legendary Star Wars franchise, the Sphero BB-8 Droid is a super cool toy. Designed by the creators of Sphero, this BB8-Droid responds to your voice commands and appears to project a holographic video image on your screen, similar to the iconic Star Wars Princess Leia projection. The head is connected to the ball through magnets, making it a perfect replica of the films BB-8 Droid. This connected smart toy is controlled with an iPad, iPhone or Android phone or tablet, making it a most wanted toy for kids and parents alike.
One of the more popular interactive smart tech toys for kids is Furby Boom. This adorable owl behaves in various ways when your child tickles it or pulls its tail. This toy even likes to dance to music and reacts when spoken to. With its application on a smartphone, kids can feed it and even program Furby to remember names.
As dogs have been man’s best friend since the beginning of time, robot dogs are designed to mimic their behaviour and be a child’s best friend. Chip the Robot Dog is an interactive pet that offer so many features such as owner recognition and the ability to learn new tricks. One of the best functions of this toy is its ability to adapt and change its behavior.
Edwin the Duck is a Bluetooth toy duck that connects to your mobile device and helps your child play games that develop basic skills such as recognizing shapes and reading. Through the app, kids can learn how to wake up on time, pick up his or her laundry and even use their toothbrush regularly.
Moff band is a wearable smart toy that emulates a multitude of sounds as it is worn by a child. It emulates common sounds such as drum sounds, tennis racket sounds, and chopping sounds that help make a child’s imagination become more realistic. Moff comes with an application that you download to your smart phone that allows the wristband to download more sounds and noises for kids to enjoy.
If you plan on getting your child a watch, the VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch DX is a popular choice with its amazing features. With this watch, kids will not only know what time it is in 3D; he or she will also be able to take pictures, take videos, play games and much more.
The CogniToys Dino Green is an educational smart toy dinosaur that offers a ton of features such as storytelling and educational game play, that helps kids vocabulary and math skills develop. Designed for kids age 5-9 years, this cute connected toy dinosaur can even tell jokes.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.