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Top Tech Toys From Toy Fair 2017

With a crash-proof protective airbag, the Bumper Drone from Odyssey Toys is geared toward children as young as 8. “Bumpie” can bounce off a wall and still operate without any issues, according to the company. It features altitude hold, auto take-off and auto landing, and a 720p camera. It will be available in May for a $69.95 suggested retail.

VTech introduced an as-yet-unnamed smartphone-like device that lets kids send texts, voice messages, photos, drawings and animated stickers over Wi-Fi to a preset list of contacts. Features include rubberized bumpers, shatter-resistant screen, 40 preloaded learning games, kid-safe web browser with parental controls, and an Android OS for downloading apps. It’s geared toward ages 4 and older and has a $99.99 suggested retail. The device will ship in the fall.

As its name indicates, the VTech Kidizoom Action Cam 180 ($49.99) can rotate 180 degrees for selfies and action shots in slow or fast motion. Included accessories enable the camera to be mounted to a bike or skateboard, while the water-resistant case permits underwater operation up to 6 feet. It also has three built-in games. It will ship in the fall.

VTech has also upgraded its Kidizoom Smartwatch ($59.99) with version DX2. In addition to 55 digital and analog customizable clock faces, the watch has two cameras, built-in games and a motion sensor. It will ship in the fall.

LeapFrog’s new LeapPad Ultimate is said to include more than $100 worth of preloaded learning apps and videos. Users can also connect to the company’s App Center to choose from over 1,000 apps, e-books and videos. Features include a child-friendly web browser, parental controls with time limits, built-in rubberized bumper and a shatter-resistant screen. It will ship in the fall.

In addition to controlling with hand gestures, WowWee’s Minion MiP Turbo Dave can be controlled via a smartphone app. The app enables users to plan paths or interact with other characterless, while a coding platform is available for beginner programming. It will ship in May for a $79.99 suggested retail.

The Elmoji robot from WowWee is designed to introduce young children to “pre-coding” skills using Elmo emojis. Kids can play games, problem solve, sequence skills and more on a mobile device. It will ship in the fourth quarter for $49.99.

Odyssey Toys’ Pocket Drone II is a collapsing drone with a camera and Wi-Fi video streaming. Users can also operate the drone using their iPhone. It will be available in April for a $79.95 suggested retail.

Kids ages 12 and up and construct their own drone with Odyssey Toys’ Built-A-Drone (April, $69.95). The device features building block pieces and can be made with an 8- or 12-inch body.


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