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Recoil initial review: App enhanced laser game brings first person shooters to life
Recoil initial review: App enhanced laser game brings first person shooters to life By Stuart Miles

A considerable number of UK children have a phone by the age of 11, so it makes huge sense for toy manufacturers to combine iOS or Android apps with their products. Especially for augmented reality gaming.Recoil is a perfect example of this. It uses... Read more

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

Apple iPhone XS Max review: It’s all about the display
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

Keep your kids fit and healthy while they play, LeapFrog LeapBand is their own activty tracker
Keep your kids fit and healthy while they play, LeapFrog LeapBand is their own activty tracker By Rik Henderson

LeapFrog has entered the wearables market with a cross between a sports fitness band and a smartwatch that encourages kids to keep healthy by playing games.The LeapBand activity tracker is a watch-like device that kids between four and seven can wear.... Read more

Nerf NStrike ProCam: A blaster with built-in camera so you can record your takedowns
Nerf NStrike ProCam: A blaster with built-in camera so you can record your takedowns By Stuart Miles

Nerf has launched a new Nerf gun that comes complete with a built-in camera so you can record just how good a shot you are.The new Nerf NStrike ProCam is a standard looking blaster rifle from the company, but look closely and you'll soon notice that it... Read more

Furby Boom is back, and this time it's got a Crystal makeover
Furby Boom is back, and this time it's got a Crystal makeover By Stuart Miles

Furby was the number one selling toy for Christmas 2013, and Hasbro is hoping it can repeat that feat a second year running.To do so, it is releasing a new "Crystal series" Furby and Furblings for those who either missed out first time around or need... Read more

Hands-on: Lego Ultra Agents Mission HQ review
Hands-on: Lego Ultra Agents Mission HQ review By Luke Edwards

Building Lego is fun in itself, but Lego being Lego it wants to offer even more bang for your buck. Its new Ultra Agents range is here - not only to be built but to be interacted with using its app. This free app adds an intense story to what you've built,... Read more

What did you do Ray? The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man attacks our Lego Ghostbusters set
What did you do Ray? The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man attacks our Lego Ghostbusters set By Stuart Miles

"Who you gonna call?" says the box proudly, leading you to savour the thought of building the Ecto 1 car from the 80s classic Ghostbusters in Lego.The new set, which is part of the new Lego Ideas (previously Cuusoo) family, is the latest throwback to... Read more

Makies, world's first 3D printed dolls launch in Hamleys, this is what they look like
Makies, world's first 3D printed dolls launch in Hamleys, this is what they look like By Rik Henderson

During Hamleys' Christmas in July showcase held technically in June (and nowhere near Christmas but such is the nature of these things), Pocket-lint's eye was attracted to a new range of dolls coming to the store the very next day. Makies, a British brand... Read more

Real FX Racing AI RC cars: Hands-on with the Kickstarter project everyone's talking about
Real FX Racing AI RC cars: Hands-on with the Kickstarter project everyone's talking about By Rik Henderson

No sooner have we seen one Scalextric replacement system than another turns up. Real FX Racing, on the face of it, has a similar premise to Anki Drive, which Pocket-lint played with during our Tech Tavern event in honour of London Technology Week.However,... Read more

TX Juice AI Copter: Hands-on with the RC helicopter that will last longer than Christmas Day
TX Juice AI Copter: Hands-on with the RC helicopter that will last longer than Christmas Day By Rik Henderson

You know that thing where you or your child unwrap a brand new remote controlled helicopter on Christmas Day or a birthday, only for it to shatter in pieces in contact with the living room light fittings 20 minutes later? Yeah, us too. Only too well.The... Read more

Anki Drive is the iPhone-controlled Scalextric from the future: Playtime at the Tech Tavern
Anki Drive is the iPhone-controlled Scalextric from the future: Playtime at the Tech Tavern By Rik Henderson

Of all the things being shown at the Pocket-lint Tech Tavern this week, Anki Drive perhaps regressed us to giggle like kids the most. It's easy to see why, just look at the bullet points: track racing, robot cars, Batmobile designer, iOS control, AI opponents,... Read more

Hands-on: Furby Furblings review
Hands-on: Furby Furblings review By Stuart Miles

Hasbro has expanded its Furby Boom range with a new line of critters, or Furblings, that acts as physical friend if you already own a Furby Boom and we've had one in the office. The adorable and cute little fur balls are supposedly the offspring of your... Read more

Lego Star Wars Rebels Building sets, Imperial Star Destroyer and more pictures and hands-on
Lego Star Wars Rebels Building sets, Imperial Star Destroyer and more pictures and hands-on By Elyse Betters

The Lego Group loves the Star Wars franchise. And that's none more evident than at the 2014 NYC Toy Fair, where the company has introduced a suite of new sets inspired by the sci-fi blockbuster films.The Star Wars Rebels Building sets are the highlight... Read more

Hands-on: Lego Movie MetalBeard's Sea Cow review
Hands-on: Lego Movie MetalBeard's Sea Cow review By Elyse Betters

The Lego Group is at the 2014 NYC Toy Fair, where it just gave a sneak peek of the Sea Cow ship from its new Lego Movie.Called MetalBeard's Sea Cow, the massive Lego set will release in March for $249.99. It includes captain's quarters, which has a treasure... Read more

Hands-on: Lego The Simpsons House review
Hands-on: Lego The Simpsons House review By Elyse Betters

The Lego Group is at the 2014 NYC Toy Fair and has given Pocket-lint a close look at The Simpsons House set that launched earlier this month.The Simpsons House set, available for $199/£179, lets fans build the Simpsons' familiar Springfield home with... Read more

Hands-on: Lego Ghostbusters review
Hands-on: Lego Ghostbusters review By Elyse Betters

The Lego Group is at the 2014 NYC Toy Fair and has just shown off the new Lego Ghostbusters set.Lego Ghostbusters, a product of the Cuusoo design project, will officially release in June for $49.99. A UK price has yet to be revealed. The set includes four... Read more

Make Your Case pictures and hands-on: The £25 toy that creates custom iPhone cases
Make Your Case pictures and hands-on: The £25 toy that creates custom iPhone cases By Rik Henderson

Hidden away on the Character Options stand at the London Toy Fair this year was something that very much caught Pocket-lint's eye. Among the craft and creation playsets sat an interesting device, one that could inspire a few adults to have a dabble, let... Read more

World's tiniest quadcopter, the Nano Quadcopter, takes to the skies (video)
World's tiniest quadcopter, the Nano Quadcopter, takes to the skies (video) By Stuart Miles

Billed as the world's tiniest quad-copter, the nano quadcopter from Revell is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but at the same time still have a decent amount of oomph to take off and fly where you want it to.Demoed to Pocket-lint at the... Read more