By Lisa Johnston
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New York — LittleBits has teamed with Korg to extend its collection of magnetic electronic module toys.
The LittleBits Synth kit lets users build their own sound machines with signal generators, modifiers, modulators and controllers; multiple kits can be used together to create more powerful instruments, and they can be connected to recording or live sound equipment. The Synth Bits can also be used with previous-generation LittleBits kits.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Emeryville, Calif. — LeapFrog has updated its LeapPad2 kids tablet to include a rechargeable battery and AC adapter.
“When we asked parents how we could make the next version even better, the top feature they requested was rechargeable batteries," said John Barbour, LeapFrog CEO, in a statement.
The four rechargeable NiMH batteries for the LeapPad2 Power are said to provide up to nine hours of playtime. Suggested retail is $99.99 with availability scheduled for August.
New York — Techno Source has updated its Kurio kids tablet with three new models, including a 4-inch version it’s positioning against the iPod Touch.
Seven-inch and 10-inch tablet models will also be offered. All three have 8GB of internal storage and can be expanded up to 40GB via MicroSD card.
Eric Levin, division head for Techno Source, told TWICE the Kurio 4s “is really the only true competitor for the iPod Touch,” which he noted is “almost every kid’s precursor to their phone.”
Las Vegas — Peavey Electronics unveiled a line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles musical instruments and accessories.
The line, which is officially licensed by Nickelodeon, features the heroic turtles on custom-designed guitars, straps, guitar picks, percussion instruments and more. They will ship in the fall with prices ranging from $5.99 to $199.99.
Hong Kong — VTech Holdings today reported higher revenue and profit for the six-month period ending Sept. 30, citing growth of its electronic learning products (ELPs) segment in North America and Europe.
Revenue for the six months increased by 2.1 percent over the same period last year, to $876.1 million. Growth in contract manufacturing services (CMS) as well as higher revenue from telecommunication products and ELPs in Asia Pacific also contributed to the increase, the company said.
Emeryville, Calif. — LeapFrog Enterprises announced its latest kid tablet, the LeapPad2, is now available.
The device, geared toward children ages 3 to 9, was announced two months ago and is currently available in green or pink for a $99.99 suggested retail or as a Disney Princess bundle for $129. The latter adds a specially designed frame, carrying case and seven Disney Princess wallpapers.
The iTikes Canvas is a magnetic doodle board that turns into an iPad drawing tool when it’s paired with the app. Users can also play learning games with the device. Suggested retail is $39.99.
The iTikes Piano toy keyboard teaches how to play and read music when the app is used ($49.99), and the iTikes Map ($59.99) features a smart pen and a camera that uses augmented reality technology to interact with the user.
NEW YORK — At Toy Fair, held here earlier this month, manufacturers participated in the “everything old is new again” line of thinking by taking old things like puzzles and making them new again with apps.
Conversely, they were also taking new things like tablets and finding uses for them with standard toys, such as Hot Wheels cars.