Top Tech Toys

High-tech toys are some of the hottest gift ideas this year. Kids are getting more tech-savvy thanks to some Christmas gifts that will be big in 2012.

Jessica Foust, from TopTenREVIEWS, shares some of her top tech toy recommendations.


The hot toy from 15 years ago is getting a major reboot, in a variety of colors and with a whole new operating system. It even comes with an app to help interact and feed your Furby.

Griffin Technology: Crayola DigiTools™

An accessory / app combo that children can use to create digital works of art on iPads which can later be shared via social networks and email

· A new way to color, draw and discover in the digital age, keeping kids entertained for hours

· Young artists can create works of art with the touch of a finger using virtual crayons, markets and color pencils in iconic Crayola colors

· Each DigiTools pack includes a free app with pages of virtual line art, animated stamp designs and other dazzling digital effects:

1. Effects Pack: Create art effects with digital crayons, color changer and stamper

2. Airbrush Pack: Create spray-art textures for cool, colorful airbrush designs

3. 3-D Pack: Create eye-popping designs or the Digital Stamper for instant, animated 3-D images

4. DigiTools Deluxe Pack: combines tools for all three apps, so kids are fully equipped to create artwork with a variety of effects

· Artwork can be shared via e-mail or Facebook

Available at:
Price: $19.99 and the DigiTools Deluxe Pack is $39.99

Griffin Technology: Woogies – Zee & Fee

Griffin’s lovable, huggable Woogie family grows with new characters – Zee and Fee – fuzzy friends that house iPhone and iPod touch

· iOS devices sit behind soft, see-through window made of plastic which protects the Multi-Touch display and provides an opening to plug in a pair of headphones

· New interactive Woogie App allows users to enjoy a variety of activities:

1. Choose a face; poke, tickle and shake Woogie to see how it reacts; feed, dress and groom; etc

2. Tuck Woogie in at nap time (if you’re quiet you might hear it snore, but if you forget to take care of Woogie, it might get grumpy!)

3. Woogies like to chat with nearby Woogies via Bluetooth

4. Go on adventures to places like Space, the Beach and the Grocery, each with different games, food and toys

· Half case, half teddy, all fun – designed for ages 3-8

Available at:
Price: $24.99

Swann: Video Camera & iDevice Controlled Helicopters

Black Swann, i-Fly Micro Lightning, Sky Eye, remote controlled helicopters feature iOS control & wireless video cameras

· Black Swann: records flights with video or still photos with the push of a button by adding a Micro SD card (up to 32GB)

· iFly Micro Lightning: controls with app’s push button controls or enter ‘tilt’ mode to control the movement of the helicopter by tilting the iDevice

· Sky Eye: records flights with video or still photos with the push of a button on built-in 512MB memory

· Easy-Fly Gyro Technology provides stability and makes flying a breeze

· 6-way multi-directional flying includes up/down, forward/backward, left and right turns

· Powered by built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery & recharged via remote control

Available at: Fry’s Electronics, Brandsmart
Price: Sky Eye $99.99 / Black Swann $99.99 / iFly Micro Lightning $69.99

Wicked Audio: Solus

Headphones feature striking design, built-in DJ switch, and mind-blowing sound

· Solus – Latin for “Be Yourself”

· Crafted with adjustable headband and padded earcups to deliver the
utmost in comfort

· Sports a built-in DJ switch allowing users to switch between stereo and DJ sound to experience impressive music sounds in either or both ears

· Equipped with braided cord for a convenient and tangle free traveling experience

· Available in a dual black/red design

Available at: FYE, Airport Wireless, and other select international retailers
Price: $99.99


ECOXGEAR: ECOXBT Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Portable speaker box for the adventurous lifestyle; it’s 100% waterproof, ruggedized and floats

· 100% waterproof (not just water resistant), IPX7 approved

· Floats speakers up – listen at the lake, river, pool or campsite with no worries

· Full-range stereo speakers with built-in waterproof mic for speakerphone function

· Rubberized exterior protects from drops and everyday abuse

· Integrated carabiner clip and top panel controls for power, pairing, volume and speakerphone answer

· Available in 3 colors – red, orange, and black – 4″ H x 9″ W x 2.8″ D and weighs 1.5 lbs

Available at: and
Price: $129.99 MSRP

Desk Pets: CarBot

World’s 1st micro-robotic toy that navigates mazes, avoids obstacles, and is fully controllable by your iDevice or Android phone

· Toy car that incorporates mobile applications to be fully controllable by iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, also compatible with Android phone

· Battle mode allows multiple players to battle via infrared and disable opponents car with fire and boost button

· Personality mode entertains crowds and the CarBot autonomously goes crazy drifting, speeding and spinning with lights and sounds

· Maze mode allows players to set up obstacles, while CarBot uses IR sensors to detect mazes and navigate around them with military precision

· Drift ‘n’ Race mode allows player to race car at full speed with or without added sound effects

· Retractable USB charger built into body of the product, 40 minutes of charge = 25 minutes of play

· Each color (orange, blue, red, and green) operates on own frequency, allowing for multi-player racing and battling

Available at: Brookstone, Best Buy and Toys R Us
Price: $29.99


Eco-friendly, sleek, wireless Bluetooth 3.0 speaker delivers the utmost in sound

· Portable speaker is as light as a book and provides 10 hours of battery life, delivering an optimal on-the-go music source

· Bluetooth 3.0 capabilities allows for a noticeably faster connection and supports a versatile array of devices such as iPhone, iPod, Android, smartphones and tablets

· Features a microphone that provides easy, portable compatibility with Skype, FaceTime and other chatting tools

· Crafted with high-quality materials for an eye catching design to match any decor

· Also made with eco-friendly parts including non-brominated flame retardants and a highly recyclable aluminum enclosure to reduce environmental impact

Available at:

Price: $149

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