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Sony KOOV robotics kit finally out a year later, on Indiegogo

Sony KOOV robotics kit finally out a year later, on Indiegogo

Sony has a rather strange relationship with consumer robotics lately. It's definitely no stranger to them, having had at least two in the past. Now it is taking a more educational spin to these robots, but it isn't going directly to the market. Toio, revealed last week, is on Sony's internal "First Flight" crowdfunding platform. And now the KOOV coding and robotics kit has made its way to Indiegogo as well, finally making a real public appearance a year after Sony was supposed to launch it.

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Sony Toio is a mashup of tiny cube robots and game consoles

Sony Toio is a mashup of tiny cube robots and game consoles

Sony might not be a name you'd immediately associate with robotic toys, but it does, or rather did, have a few under its name, from the dog-like Aibo to the the "dancing" Rolly to, more recently, the KOOV robotics kit. It isn't done yet, however, and a Toio product may be just over the horizon. Aimed at very young learners, Toio mixes papercraft, tiny rolling robot cubes, and a system that resembles a gaming console, complete with controllers and even cartridges.

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Kiddo is a tracker that makes healthy living fun for kids

Kiddo is a tracker that makes healthy living fun for kids

For the past two years or so, there has been a surge in interest in fitness trackers and wearables. It seems that more and more people are becoming health conscious. But a healthy lifestyle isn't just for adults and big kids. Even, and perhaps more especially, the actual kids need to start living healthy at an early age. While there might be tablets for kids and educational toys for kids, there are few devices that put their health front and center. That's what Kiddo is setting out to do. Not only does it help parent keep an eye on their kid's health, it can also encourage kids themselves to be active and healthy.

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YouTube Kids app arrives on some LG, Sony, and Samsung smart TVs

YouTube Kids app arrives on some LG, Sony, and Samsung smart TVs

YouTube's service for children, aptly named YouTube Kids, has arrived on some smart TVs, the company has announced. YouTube Kids has already been available on tablets and smartphones, and thanks to this latest app, kids can now watch their favorite streaming content on smart TVs from Sony, LG, and Samsung. The app will be launched for the televisions in 26 countries.

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Amazon Parent Dashboard gives FreeTime insight into kids’ tablet use

Amazon Parent Dashboard gives FreeTime insight into kids’ tablet use

Amazon has launched a Parent Dashboard for Amazon FreeTime, its child-friendly selection of books, videos, apps, and games available for the Fire Kids Edition. The new system will be available on FreeTime across all the compatible platforms, including Kindle e-readers and the Amazon Fire TV, though it arguably makes most sense on the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet.

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YouTube launches four new original shows for kids

YouTube launches four new original shows for kids

YouTube is getting into the original content market, and its efforts now include the introduction of four new shows made specifically for kids. The shows will be available under YouTube Red, and were made for YouTube Kids in particular. The company plans to start rolling out its new kids shows this spring; they feature top YouTube Creators, as well as Fruit Ninja, the fruit-slicing app.

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Morgan EV3 Junior offers kids a different kind of thrill

Morgan EV3 Junior offers kids a different kind of thrill

Who said energy-efficient, environment-friendly cars are for big people only? Definitely not Morgan Motor. Just last year, the British car maker kicked off its EV3 electric car, sporting a look that seemed straight out of a steampunk set. Now it is giving younger, not to mention smaller, drivers a chance to drive around in style in their own eccentric looking, steampunk electric courage. Presenting the smaller and safer version of the Morgan EV3 called, what else, the Morgan EV3 Junior.

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LEGO Life is a safe social network for young builders

LEGO Life is a safe social network for young builders

Everything is social these days. Almost everything has a way to share anything and everything online. Kids are taught an early age to share and be proud of even the simple things they make but it hasn’t been easy, let alone safe, for them to share those works of creativity on the usual social networks. That is why LEGO is making its own social network called LEGO Life made especially just for kids, to let them share their creations and inspire other creators. Of course, it all revolves around LEGO. Even the keyboard is LEGO!

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Samsung Creative Labs puts the focus on kids, skin care

Samsung Creative Labs puts the focus on kids, skin care

Tech companies these days are becoming more open with some of their "out of the box" thinking for possible products. Sony has its internal crowdsourcing platform and ZTE has even crowdsourced the conceptualization and design of a future smartphone. While Samsung isn't going that far yet, its Creative Labs shows off ideas and projects even before they become actual products. That is, if they become actual products. Perhaps inspired by the story of WELT, Samsung will be showcasing three new Creative Labs ideas at CES 2017 that will make your skin glow and keep kids busy with even more toys.

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Tech gift ideas for Moms in 2016 holiday season

Tech gift ideas for Moms in 2016 holiday season

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but the season of giving is far from done. Especially when you consider that gadgets and accessories are really a year round thing. We usually just need an excuse when to give them to our loved ones. If you're still on the fence what to get such a person, for example, your super mom or super wife, take a gander at your lengthy list to fill stockings this 2016. But, mind you, gadgets are really no one gender's domain, and some non-moms might find something delightful in our season's picks as well.

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YouTube Kids lets parents block annoying sing-a-longs

YouTube Kids lets parents block annoying sing-a-longs

The Internet is deceptive in some ways. “Enterprising” people always find ways around restrictions to put up content that would otherwise be illicit in some contexts. Take, for example, videos on YouTube that are supposedly kid-friendly. Well, some of them might indeed be great for kids, but not for parents. Ultimately, it will be parental units who decide what their offspring can or cannot watch. And now the YouTube Kids app makes it much easier for moms and dads to filter out those that might not suit their idea of child-friendly fun.

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Disney Mix is a family-friendly messaging app that’s safe for kids

Disney Mix is a family-friendly messaging app that’s safe for kids

If the thought of yet another mobile messaging app is enough to make you gag, well, you're probably not alone. But now Disney has gotten into the game with Mix, a messaging app that's specially designed for kids and families. Available now on iOS and Android, Disney Mix may not seem as impressive as services like WhatsApp or Snapchat, but it includes a number of features designed to keep kids and pre-teens safe online.

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