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11/11/2014
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Jeff Bertolucci
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10 Smart Tech Toys For Kids

It's holiday toy shopping season. Please the budding coder, architect, robot-builder, or drone pilot in your life with these cool choices.
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LeapPad Ultra 3

If Amazon's Fire HD Kids Edition ($150 to $190) seems a bit pricey for a toy slate, consider LeapFrog's LeapPad3 Learning Tablet ($100) instead. Its 5-inch display may be a bit smaller and not as crisp as Amazon's 6- or 7-inch device, but the average toddler probably won't care all that much. The LeapPad3 is for ages 3 to 9, but it's best suited for lower end of that range. Its ruggedized exterior features a built-in bumper and a shatter-resistant capacitive touchscreen. WiFi provides access to a curated library of games, videos, and other kid-friendly content.

LeapPad Ultra 3
If Amazon's Fire HD Kids Edition ($150 to $190) seems a bit pricey for a toy slate, consider LeapFrog's LeapPad3 Learning Tablet ($100) instead. Its 5-inch display may be a bit smaller and not as crisp as Amazon's 6- or 7-inch device, but the average toddler probably won't care all that much. The LeapPad3 is for ages 3 to 9, but it's best suited for lower end of that range. Its ruggedized exterior features a built-in bumper and a shatter-resistant capacitive touchscreen. WiFi provides access to a curated library of games, videos, and other kid-friendly content.

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11/12/2014 | 3:35:55 PM
Re: 10 Smart Tech Toys For Kids
Plenty of kids did without a leapfrog and survived, yes. Thanks for chiming in here, readers.
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11/12/2014 | 11:43:28 AM
Re: Amazon & stuff
"I thought the basic reason was to be out of money. Who knew?" LOL @Mak63. I believe you're right. If they just run out of ideas, they can give cash or its inferior substitute, a giftcard.
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11/11/2014 | 5:48:45 PM
Re: Interested in Sphero for my son
It's worth noting that Raspberry Pi is not open source hardware, due to its reliance on a Broadcom ARM processor.
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11/11/2014 | 3:23:38 PM
Re: Interested in Sphero for my son
I have a 12-year-old nephew who's on the robotics team, very interested and hands-on with all things technology, so I've been wondering if something like an arduino kit would appeal at that age. Anyone have experience with it?  
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11/11/2014 | 1:24:13 PM
Spy Kids
A 14-year-old boy with a Sky Viper is definitely going to be peeking in bedroom windows. Just sayin'
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11/11/2014 | 1:21:41 PM
Interested in Sphero for my son
My son is theoretically interested in programming, but I've found it hard to get him to focus on learning the basics of how to write functions and control loops and such. Looks like you program Sphero with some variant of Basic? Anyone have experience with how much this really teaches kids about programming? I don't want something so dumbed down that it would be "just a toy" with too many easy cheats and preloaded programs available to motivate him to learn something.
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11/11/2014 | 11:37:47 AM
Big kids
Many adults around here have voiced interest in these toys, too. Once a tinkerer, always a tinkerer.
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