LOS ANGELES - Screen time is a big concern for many parents but what do kids want to play with if they are not on a digital device? Conversely, what can they play with on their digital devices which will enrich them?
ToyInsider.com is here with the hottest tech toys of the season for everyone. Watch the video above, then check out the list below to get the details on where you can get these gifts for your family!
IRON MAN MK50 ROBOT ( UB TECH)
• Play as Tony Stark and suit up in the iconic MK50 armor to play through a series of nanotech weapon field tests and battles designed by Friday
• This walking, talking Iron Man Robot is your portal into the events after Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.
• Download the free app for iOS or Android to start the adventure with Augmented Reality Missions, where users can battle drones from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and level up to even battle Thanos and save the world.
• Create, control, code, and battle against enemies inspired by iconic Marvel Cinematic universe battles
• Control the robot's motors, lights and sounds using a mobile device; complete augmented reality (AR) missions; customize by uploading your face and recording audio phrases; code original, unique action sequences that only your robot can perform
• Become immersed in augmented reality (AR) missions to build up your Iron Man MK50 robot's arsenal of Nanotech weaponry. As you complete different levels, earn new weapons and power up your armor to take on greater threats
• Encounter specialized enemy drones inspired by Iron Man's iconic villains, like the Chitari and Ebony Maw
• Customize the Iron Man MK50 robot by building unique sequences using Block-Based programming for one of a kind hero moves. Use custom blocks to code your own scripted sequences into the Iron Man MK50 robot
• Play as Tony Stark and suit up in the iconic MK50 armor to practice your battle skills or use a mobile device to upload your face and custom audio recording to the Iron Man MK50 robot.
•In custom protocol mode, use the visual drag-n-drop programming editor to create simple, custom iron Man scripts without requiring any programming knowledge.
•Upload your face and record custom audio phrases to create the illusion that you are wearing Iron Man’s Iconic armor.
• MSRP: $249.99
• Available: Amazon, Best Buy, Target
NINTENDO SWITCH LITE (NINTENDO)
• While the Nintendo Switch can play games on TV or on the go, this compact, lightweight gaming system is a handheld-only version
• It can play all Switch games that are compatible with handheld mode, including those with online play.
• Ages: 8+
• MSRP: $199.99
• Available: mass retailers
SEGA GENESIS MINI (SEGA)
• This system features 42 classic titles from SEGA and its third-party partners, including two bonus titles never previously released on the Genesis: Tetris and Darius
•The Genesis Mini comes with two replica three-button USB Genesis controllers, a USB to Micro-B power cable, a power adapter, and an HDMI cable
• 55% the size of the original Model 1, accurate replica.
• Available: Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target
AIR-WALKER (THAMES & KOSMOS)
• A robot that defies gravity?! That’s what you get with Air-Walker, a four-legged bot that uses an ingenious system of suction cups and pumps to crawl along smooth, vertical surfaces like windows
• A follow-up to the award-winning Geckobot STEM experiment kit, Air-Walker uses technology similar to that found in its reptilian predecessor, but with easier assembly
• Your Air-Walker can crawl in a straight line, to the left, or to the right, while a special mechanism makes the robot’s head move back and forth as its body moves forward
•You can also build four other models with the same components and learn how suction and mechanical devices can be used in different real-world applications.
• A vacuum-suction machine sticks to and lifts flat panels, while a robot with just two suction cups rotates around a central pivot point
• This hands-on construction kit brings engineering and physics to life as it demonstrates the power of air pressure at work
• Ages: 8+
• MSRP: $39.95
• Available: Target, Amazon, Belk, Barnes & Noble
ARTIE 3000 (EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS)
•Say hello to Artie!
• This coding/drawing robot puts kids in control
• The easy-to-use drag and drop programming can be used on a Mac, PC or tablet
• As kids tell Artie what to draw next, they learn left-brain skills like basic programming, geometry, and math, while engaging the right side of their brains to create cool, colorful designs
•The WiFi-enabled drawing robot comes with 4 modes of play: pre-programmed shapes, games, art for coloring, and freeform coding
• It also comes with quick-start, FAQ instruction cards, 3 project cards, a built-in programming interface, and 4 washable colored markers
• Ages: 7+
•Available: Amazon and EducationalInsights.com
LEAPSTART GO (VTECH)
• Learn in an exciting new way with the innovative LeapStart Go interactive learning system
•This sleek, easy-to-hold stylus triggers videos and audio responses using the adjustable 1.44-inch LCD screen and built-in speaker
• LeapStart Go makes it easier for preschool through first grade kids to understand more advanced information with activity sets like The Human Body and School Success (sold separately)
• Cool interactive video effects let kids zoom in, explore and interact with a variety of learning concepts by touchingthe stylus on interactive charts, book pages and more
• Holds up to 13 LeapStart animated books
• A computer with an Internet connection is required to download books and activity sets onto the LeapStart® system
•Not compatible with LeapReader® books
• Ages: 4-8
• Available: leapfrog.com
•From the far reaches of the Universe, comes the first-ever "Evolving Toy that listens, learns, remembers and grows
• Rizmo has traveled to Earth in search of love, music, and dance. As kids interact, cuddle, sing and play with Rizmo they will be surprised to experience the evolution of Rizmo over time as it grows & evolves from adorable baby Rizmo to playful kid Rizmo and ultimately the fun, music-loving adult Rizmo
• There are many games and ways to play with your Rizmo. You can make music in "Music Maker" mode and even have Rizmo sing back the songs you sing in "Sing Back" mode
• It might even remember songs from its baby stage! Many Rizmos came to Earth! Which Rizmo will you get?
• Ages: 4+
• MSRP: $59.99