Las Vegas - The winners of the first annual Kids at Play Interactive
(KAPi) Awards were announced at International CES, held here last week.
Awards are meant to highlight products that "raised the bar for innovation and
excellence for children's technology during the past year," according to the
organizers, which include Living in Digital Times and Children's Technology
were selected by a group of publishers and critics at the Dust or Magic
Institute and the winners were determined by the popular vote of the attendees
at the 2010 Kids@Play Summit. For more details about the selection and
screening process, visit www.ChildrensTech.com/KAPis.
winners - and their reasons for winning - include:
Best Children's App:
Wheels on the Bus from Duck Duck Moose Design "for tapping the potential of
multi-touch for children."
Best Interactive Toy:
Tag Reading System from LeapFrog Learning "for using technology to help
children decode print."
Best Children's Web Site or Service: Deep Brain Stimulation from Edheads "for empowering
children with a powerful, realistic simulation."
Best Music and Rhythm Product: The Beatles Rock Band from Harmonix Music Systems "for
setting a new standard in the rhythm-game genre, and helping to bridge the
Best Computer Software:
World of Goo by 2D Boy and Brighter Minds Media "for playfully introducing
powerful scientific building concepts in a puzzle setting."
Best Title for the Nintendo DS or DSi: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box by Level-5 and
published by Nintendo "for offering children a quality problem solving
Best Hardware or Peripheral Device for Kids: iPod Touch (2009 Edition) from Apple "for giving children
access to thousands of affordable multi-touch experiences."
Best Informal Learning Experience: Scratch v. 1.4 from the MIT Media Lab "for effective use
of public grant money to create a product that anyone can use at no cost."
Best Video Game for Kids: LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition from Sony Computer
Entertainment America "for playfully transforming a game console into a
powerful creativity tool."
Best Virtual World:
Club Penguin by New Horizon Interactive for the Disney Interactive Media Group
"for continuing to innovate with new features and translation features."
Digital Pioneer for Kids: Mitchel Resnick, Lifelong Learning Group, MIT Media Lab, "led the team
that created the Scratch programming language, recognized as the individual
that has made the largest impact on children's technology design."