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High-Tech Items Make Kids' Annual Holiday Shopping

High-Tech Items Make Kids' Annual Holiday Shopping List This Year

October 07, 2005

Believe it or not, the holiday season is a little more than two months away, and that means your kids will soon be making up their wish lists. So what high-tech items might they be dreaming about? NY1 Tech Beat Reporter Adam Balkin may have the answers.

What's the difference between toys and technology? Well, to walk around this year's Toy Wishes Magazine's annual holiday preview, you'd think the answer to that question is, not much.

“Technology is really taking over the toy industry, and you find the toy industry and technology industry is becoming a blur,” says Jim Silver of Toy Wishes Magazine. “If you look at our picks for some of the hottest toys this year, most of them are technology driven.”

There are at least four child-friendly camcorders on or about to hit the market. But for kids who prefer to play video editor, there is Fisher-Price's Pixter.

“Not only can they see their favorite shows on the Pixter, they can re-edit them, they can take clips and pretend they're a movie editor and create their own fresh, new cartoon,” says Laurie Oravec of Fisher-Price.

For those who dream of acting in their own cartoons, Motion Activated Gear lets kids kind of be some of their favorite superheroes.

“The Spiderman game comes with wireless gauntlets so when you punch Spiderman will actually punch on screen,” says Rob Embleton of Motion Activated Gear. “It's in real time, and there's a chest plate that'll vibrate so when Spiderman takes a hit the player will feel it and hear it.”

With the iZ, you twist his ears, flick his head, and you can make music with him. He's also among a growing trend of toys that hook up to your iPod.

“He'll act as a speaker, and you can still get him to make his own comments,” says Scott Goldberg of Zizzle. “You press his belly [and] he'll make noises. Flick his flicker, and if you don't have your iPod in you can make him burp and fart and giggle all the way home.”

Hasbro's iDog also plays and dances to the music.

But it's another Hasbro pet that's looking to make a comeback. Furby returns with more high-tech innards.

“Furby actually has something called emototronics which really show his emotions,” says Gary Serby of Hasbro. “You can talk to Furby, you can pet Furby, and his reactions, his expressions, are so real kids are just going to love him.”

Though, when it comes to realism, this is the top dog...err, monkey. A while ago we showed you the prototype, now the makers of the Robosapien are putting him on the market.

“We've incorporated all of the magic of Hollywood special effects - the look, the texture, the hair, the emotions, the motion,” says Amy Weltman of Wow Wee Robotics. “So it's really about facial manipulation and duplicating or replicating something real life.”

Batteries and bananas not included.

- Adam Balkin

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