Re: 10 Smart Tech Toys For Kids
Some of these, like the helicopter and the speaker are fine and cool gifts in their way. To be honest, though, I consider most of the toys on this list to be a mixed bag (or worse). On the one hand, we have devices that seem too one-off for their pricetag - for 350 you'd be better of shelling out a little more and getting the child a brand-new PC than some lego robots, and don't get me started on that 'smart' watch - and on the other hand you have gimmicky stuff that, as Chris says, seems like it won't really get kids into STEM while boring them at the same time. The orb robot is cool in theory, but I wonder how much mileage you can really get out of it, and again, you have no idea what the interface and functionality is like until you get the box open and it's already too late.
For me, nothing says it better than the Leapfrog VS Amazon Fire shown here. You can get a child something chintzy that they'll likely hate (leapfrog was the stamp of crap even when I was young enough to be excited about things in Toys R Us) for a hundred dollars (what a steal!) because it's 'educational', or for just fifty more you can get them something top of the line, that will continue to teach and inspire (not to mention be useful to) them for years to come. Chris & others have the right idea - if you have a child that's really into tech stuff for their age, don't be afraid to get them the serious stuff, and if you don't... don't force it.