Move over Hatchimals, the latest high-tech toy offerings are nothing short of amazing; from robots that use facial recognition to a new range of Lego that enables younger children to access the wonders of creating tech-powered gadgets, kids will be basking in the glory of living in a high-tech world this Christmas.
Let's take a look through the offerings.
1. LEGO Boost
They may be small, but these $20 stocking stuffers are set to be mighty this Christmas. Fingerlings are adorable interactive monkeys that reacts to touch, motion and sound, and clings to fingers, straws, branches, ears and whatever your child sets their mind to stick it to. You'll find these blinking critters on every item in your home if you're not careful.
3. Anki Overdrive $269
It's worlds apart from traditional home slot car kits and any kid that just loves to race cars will be all over this. It's expensive at $269, but then good slot car sets always were. The starter kit gives you 8 track configurations and add on vehicles and tracks can be purchased. Rather than the traditional remote control, the Overdrive is controlled with a smartphone or tablet.
The critical difference with the Anki Overdrive is the user experience; you can actually change lanes and overtake much as a real race car would. It's battle racing gone futuristic and we are here for it.
4. Ultimate Lightning McQueen $499
It might look like any other garden variety remote control car, but this year, remote controls are just about a thing of the past. Enter the bluetooth-driven, app-controlled smartcar. At $499, it's not for every budget and we think by next Christmas the price might come right down on the tech toys that are now leading the charge. But if you want to be first in line, fork out the big bucks and your little revhead will experience the delight of this highly interactive toy. Lighting Mc Queen has an animatronic mouth, expressing emotions, speaking, moving and responding to touch, sound and commands from the app. See all of his features here.
5. Anki Cozmo robot
Some parents may be a little perturbed that the Anki Cozmo works on facial recognition of your child. If this doesn't faze you, then this little guy will steal hearts, expressing a huge array of emotions, learning intuitively and playing games. According to the spiel, Cosmo 'continues to evolve the more you hang out,' and its 'skills and games are constantly updating.' It comes equipped with Code Lab so that your child can design games and activities and watch their creation in action. See more of Cozmo's features here - it retails for $319.