Toy Fair 2013 twice_admin ⋅ Published: February 12, 2013 A Ravensburger employee shows off the company’s new augmented reality puzzles. Activision had its newly introduced Skylanders characters in a larger-than-life display. Skylanders Giants won the E-Connected Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry Association, the producers of Toy Fair. Romo the robot operates using two different iOS devices — one to dock into the robot and one to control it — and can play games or act as a remote security camera. The robot is compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S and the fourth-generation iPod Touch, and it can be controlled using these, an iPad or a computer. Oregon Scientific’s SmartGlobe Horizon ($119 suggested retail) features an interactive pen-touch system. It can be connected to an iPad or the company’s Meep! tablet to play games, and can also be updated by connecting to a computer via USB. CTA Digital had a number of kid-themed products on display, including its drawing and activity case for the iPad (right) and its iPad easel. No. 8 Brands was demonstrating its voice-activated, Wi-Fi-enabled Ubooly toy during the show. This was M-Edge’s first time at Toy Fair, and the cases and bags manufacturer showed off its latest wares, including a new color addition (black) to its SuperShell line. Wowwee showed of its app-accompanied Artsee Studio iPad case and activity set ($39.99 suggested retail). Lego was celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Mindstorms line, which it has updated with the iOS- and Android-compatible EV3 kit ($349 suggested retail). Think Geek’s Minecraft iPhone case will ship in the first week of March. Pricing wasn’t set. Noetic’s Electric Friends iPod-docking speakers come in a variety of animal themes. They feature two 40mm drivers, 3.5mm aux input and touch controls. Suggested retail is $79.99. VTech’s Apptivity table interacts with the toys along the side of the table when an iPad is inserted in the middle. The Spy Ghost car from Woddon operates over a Wi-Fi network and can be controlled using an iOS or Android device. The car can take photos or videos while operating, and features of a driving time of about 10 to 15 minutes. ThumbsUp’s Touch Speaker uses NearFA technology to play music from a smartphone simply by resting the phone on top of the device. It features a battery life of about eight to 10 hours, and can also double as a speakerphone. Suggested retail is $34.99. Engino is planning to come out with a PC- and Mac-programmable robotics kit that is similar to the Lego Mindstorms line. It will feature Bluetooth, Wi-Fi capabilities and USB ports, and will have a $350 to $400 suggested retail. Availability is scheduled for September. The Tablet Teddy Bear (the company’s namesake product) can be used as an iPad stand, and it features a magnetic backpack to also act as a case. Tablet Teddy Bears also had tablet beanbags on display, meant to promote ergonomic iPad viewing for children. Both products have $29.99 suggested retails. The Verzis gamepad controller uses Bluetooth 4.0 to interact with a variety of iPad games. Eight games are currently available, and the company said more are in the works. Suggested retail is $39.99; availability is scheduled for September. SubscribeFor more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.