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Sphero R2-D2 preview: Artoo it is you, it is you

Sphero R2-D2 preview: Artoo it is you, it is you

By Stuart Miles

Sphero, the company behind BB-8 and other robots has created its own fully programmable version of R2-D2 from the Star Wars films.Pocket-lint has previewed the new Droid ahead of its official launch. Is this the Droid you're looking for?R2-D2 Droid hardware... Read more

Sphero BB-9E preview: The cute "evil" BB-8 shows us the dark side of The Last Jedi

Sphero BB-9E preview: The cute "evil" BB-8 shows us the dark side of The Last Jedi

By Stuart Miles

The Droids of the Star Wars universe always hold a special place in our hearts. R2-D2, C3-PO, that silly Droid that Chewie likes to shout at in the Death Star.It's no surprise then that we've got a new Droid to love/hate for the new Star Wars: The Last... Read more

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last

By Andy Robertson

Anki’s Cozmo robot has been a double-edged sword for UK families. It offers some exciting features, has huge buzz online and is peerless in terms of its interactions. However, its availability has been limited to the US.Until today, that is. Anki just... Read more

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

By Rik Henderson

Character Options might have stolen the London Toy Fair, at least where adults are concerned. It demonstrated a wearable wristband that prompts special effect noise and/or music as you move.The bands, which cost £49.99 for a pair and will be available... Read more

Fisher-Price Smart Cycle preview: An indoor exercise bike for kids

Fisher-Price Smart Cycle preview: An indoor exercise bike for kids

By Elyse Betters

Fisher-Price made a high-tech exercise bike for kids who like to game. During this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Fisher-Price unveiled the Think and Learn Smart Cycle. It's a miniature exercise bike with a tablet stand - and it's meant for children... Read more

Gator Watch review: Parental peace of mind
4.0 stars

Gator Watch review: Parental peace of mind

By Stuart Miles

When do you buy your kids a mobile phone? Age 15, 12, eight? With such hectic lives, perhaps separate lives, being able to keep in touch with your kids on the way home, when at a friend's house, or your ex-partners house, is becoming more the norm.Buying... Read more

Alpha 1S robot review: The dancing robot that offers lots more

Alpha 1S robot review: The dancing robot that offers lots more

By Stuart Miles

Alpha 1S is the latest robot to enter the Pocket-lint office and it's one that hopes to win our hearts with its dancing prowess.But is this an expensive toy for execs or something you can use to not only entertain the kids, but also educate them as well?... Read more

Osmo Coding review: Educational iPad game makes programming fun
5.0 stars

Osmo Coding review: Educational iPad game makes programming fun

By Rik Henderson

When you think of coding for kids, your mind probably envisions them learning some elaborate coding language in an experience akin to your French verbal exam when you were at school. But coding for kids comes in all shapes and sizes and doesn't have to... Read more

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans

By Andy Robertson

Infinite Arms is a toy-game cross over aimed at fans of Gears of War, Halo and big Transformers style mechs. It’s a sophisticated RPG for iPad and iOS generally, where adding weapons to model robots instantly sees them appear in the game. It aims to... Read more

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs

By Andy Robertson

Anki has steadily improved its Overdrive AI racing system since it launched last year. Software enhancements have added extra modes, like One Shot Kill and Balanced Cars, and it now sports handy features, such as replaying the same track without the cars... Read more

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids

By Rik Henderson

Anyone who has kids and owns a tablet will understand how alluring a touchscreen device is for little'uns, even as young as four. However, while many adults might be streamlining their lives to be more digital, there's still an element of magic in a normal,... Read more

Emicro One scooter review: Keeping up with the kids?

Emicro One scooter review: Keeping up with the kids?

By Stuart Miles

As we push off once again, the motor kicks into action and zoom through the English countryside without a care in the world. We effortlessly pass a man walking his dog. The two young children who have accompanied us on this adventure are doing everything... Read more

Mattel ThingMaker preview: 3D printing for the Minecraft generation

Mattel ThingMaker preview: 3D printing for the Minecraft generation

By Andy Robertson

The barrier to new technology for children is rarely that they don’t understand it. More often it’s that they don’t know how to access it, or that creation tools aren’t visible to them.Minecraft is successful not only because its technology enables... Read more

Marbotics Smart Letters for iPad: As easy as ABC?

Marbotics Smart Letters for iPad: As easy as ABC?

By Stuart Miles

In an age of digital devices, worrying whether your young kids are getting enough physical play can be a concern. It's all too easy to thrust the iPad at a child and leave them to it.French company Marbotic is trying to solve this dilemma by merging physical... Read more

Code-A-Pillar: The pre-school coding caterpillar

Code-A-Pillar: The pre-school coding caterpillar

By Stuart Miles

When's it too early to learn to code? When you're three perhaps? Well according to Fisher Price, that's exactly the time you should be encouraging your children to start.The toy company has created a new coding toy aimed at the class of 2035 that starts... Read more

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Review: Chewie, we're home

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Review: Chewie, we're home

By Stuart Miles

You probably fall into one of two camps. The ones that have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the ones that are waiting to see it a second time.The Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon is a reworking of the original Lego Millennium Falcon launched to... Read more

LeapFrog Epic review: Putting parents in control
4.0 stars

LeapFrog Epic review: Putting parents in control

By Stuart Miles

The internet is a place of knowledge, entertainment, and more - but it isn't always a safe place. When it comes to kids spending time online a simple search for one thing can lead to something else, or playing a game could lead to dozens of in-app purchases... Read more

Anki Overdrive review: App-controlled car racing fun for all the family
4.5 stars

Anki Overdrive review: App-controlled car racing fun for all the family

By Rik Henderson

We first saw Anki Overdrive, the company's follow-up to the hugely successful robot toy racing game Anki Drive, we were already amazed at just how much more advanced it was in comparison to its predecessor.A modern day take on Scalextric, you control... Read more

Osmo review: Physical meets virtual with this clever iPad game
5.0 stars

Osmo review: Physical meets virtual with this clever iPad game

By Stuart Miles

Rather than being just another kids app, Osmo is best described as a technology system that bridges the physical and digital worlds by taking gameplay beyond the screen.But with such an unusual name, and concept, you may be scratching your head as to... Read more

Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars Droid from Force Awakens comes to life
5.0 stars

Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars Droid from Force Awakens comes to life

By Stuart Miles

Sphero BB-8 is likely to be the must-have Star Wars toy this Christmas. Likely to even overshadow R2-D2 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 is a spherical Droid that stole the thunder when he was first spotted in the movie's original online teaser... Read more

LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum tablet review: Learning for youngsters
4.0 stars

LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum tablet review: Learning for youngsters

By Stuart Miles

LeapFrog has unveiled a new version of its LeapPad tablet, the LeapPad Platinum, a 7-inch tough-ish tablet designed for kids ages between 3-9 years old . As well as being the company's best yet, it also contains the wizardry that will thrill young'uns... Read more

Snap Pets: Hands-on with the cutest selfie camera of them all

Snap Pets: Hands-on with the cutest selfie camera of them all

By Rik Henderson

Tech toy brand WowWee is best known for its more boy-oriented robots, with the MiP and forthcoming MiPosaur and REV cars perhaps appealing more to males than females - although not exclusively so, we'd imagine.The company is looking to redress the... Read more

Become a modern day magician with Marvin's i-Magic for iPhone and Android (hands-on)

Become a modern day magician with Marvin's i-Magic for iPhone and Android (hands-on)

By Rik Henderson

Marvin's Magic is a toy brand that has won the hearts of trainee magicians for numerous years, offering sets to create illusions of varying complexity. From the basic cup and ball tricks to intricate card magic, the company has provided the tools needed.However,... Read more

REV app-controlled robot cars are inspired by Call of Duty... find out why (hands-on)

REV app-controlled robot cars are inspired by Call of Duty... find out why (hands-on)

By Rik Henderson

WowWee, the tech toy brand behind the MiP robot and the MiPosaur we saw at CES this year will also bring an app-controlled car to market this summer. However, unlike other remote control vehicles that link with smartphones, the REV cars have artificial... Read more

Flying Gadgets X-Voice is the drone you can literally tell what to do (hands-on)

Flying Gadgets X-Voice is the drone you can literally tell what to do (hands-on)

By Rik Henderson

Toy Fair 2015 in London was awash with copters and drones this year, of varying price points and sizes, but the one that was perhaps the most unique was the X-Voice from Flying Gadgets. As you might have guessed from the name, not only is it a toy quadcopter... Read more

It's time to play with VTech's GoPro for kids (hands-on)

It's time to play with VTech's GoPro for kids (hands-on)

By Rik Henderson

Tech toy brand VTech has often looked to adult gadget trends for inspiration and the latest to get its attention is the action cam market, like the GoPros of this world.The Kidizoom Action Cam is designed for children from five-years and up and, like... Read more

Hands-on: Wowwee MiPosaur review

Hands-on: Wowwee MiPosaur review

By Stuart Miles

WowWee the creators of RoboSapien, and more recently a robot called MiP, has announced the launch of a new robot dinosaur called MiPosaur.Based on the MiP robot from 2014, the robotic prehistoric creature comes with the same gesture based tech for controlling... Read more

Parrot Jumping Sumo review
3.5 stars

Parrot Jumping Sumo review

By Stuart Miles

Parrot, the company behind a number of flying drones, is now offering land-lovers something get excited about: the Jumping Sumo. Is this land-locked gadget with integrated camera enough to get us excited?Land not airUnlike the company's Rolling Spider,... Read more

We need bigger guns: Nerf Mega Thunderbow and the Nerf Demolisher 2-in-1 review

We need bigger guns: Nerf Mega Thunderbow and the Nerf Demolisher 2-in-1 review

By Stuart Miles

Nerf has released two new top of the range Nerf weapons, but which one should you go for? We've been shooting to find out.Nerf Mega ThunderbowKatniss Everdeen has a lot to answer for doesn't she? The latest Nerf weapon, you see, is a bow and dart combo... Read more

Sphero Ollie hands-on review: Cylindrical, fast, and totally cool

Sphero Ollie hands-on review: Cylindrical, fast, and totally cool

By Elyse Betters

Ollie is finally out.The Sphero team first showed off Ollie at CES 2014 in January, but its latest robot toy was called something different then: Sphero 2B. It has been renamed and is considered the follow-up to the original Sphero, a smartphone-controlled... Read more

Why LeapFrog LeapTV games console should be number one on many kids' Christmas lists

Why LeapFrog LeapTV games console should be number one on many kids' Christmas lists

By Rik Henderson

LeapFrog has become quite a force in gadgetry for young children, with well-thought-out intuitive kids' versions of some of the biggest tech trends around. It has kids' versions of handheld games consoles and tablet devices in its range, and recently... Read more

Anki Drive review
4.0 stars

Anki Drive review

By Stuart Miles

When you were young you probably played Scalextric. It was a lot of fun and while you would no doubt pick up a trigger and squeeze it today given half the chance, there is a new challenger in town: Anki Drive.Anki Drive doesn't require you to place the... Read more

Simon Swipe: Classic game gets a remake with new challenges

Simon Swipe: Classic game gets a remake with new challenges

By Stuart Miles

Hasbro has remade Simon Says for a new generation bringing with it a series of new challenges to master.Now instead of a pocketable game that featured four lights, you have to, as the name suggests, swipe as well as tap your way through remembering a... Read more