After Sucessful Q4, CE Toys Gear Up For Spring

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NEW YORK — Youth electronics laid claim to 11 percent growth for the fourth-quarter selling season, while drones and consumer robotics were among the much-hyped categories at the North American International Toy Fair. Highlighted here are some recent entries to one of the most fun categories in consumer electronics.

The Kidizoom Action Cam marks VTech’s entry into the action camera category. It comes with two mounts, a waterproof case, wrist strap and a 1.4-inch LCD screen. The camera, which will be available this summer for $59.99, also features three built-in games.

The Darkside Ollie from Sphero is an app-controlled robot that can spin, drift and flip at up to 14 mph. Its tires can be customized. Suggested retail is $149. It will be available in April.

Mattel, in tandem with Google, is introducing a View-Master that provides an interactive experience when it’s paired with a smartphone app. It will be available this fall for $29.99.

The AppBrick from Lego can be used with the eight new Ultra Agents sets, enabling users to interact with a smartphone or tablet. The carbon-infused brick, now scratchresistant, is able to conduct electricity from a user’s finger to a smart device. Sets range from $9.99 to $99.99.

Crayola’s Easy Animation Studio ($24.99) enables children to create custom animations with a poseable mannequin, which can then be shared with iOS, Android and Windows devices.


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