Technology

VTech unveils its 2021 Kidi Tech collection spanning Smartwatches, PrintCams, and smart devices

The children’s electronics and wearable tech expert, VTech has lifted the lid on its 2021 Kidi Tech collection, a new range of “age appropriate tech toys” that “take their cues from adult tech trends.” The launch follows the success of the firm’s KidiZoom Smartwatch series that has found itself the …

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MGA Entertainment’s LOL Surprise becomes latest toy brand to make NFT move

MGA Entertainment’s hit fashion doll brand, LOL Surprise is the latest toy brand to enter the digital collectable space, having partnered with the New Zealand based NFT app, VeVe. Through the partnership, a series of limited edition, singularly unique digital collectables will be developed, giving fans the opportunity to collect …

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STEM toy and Ed Tech specialist Twin wins Smart Toy Artificial Intelligence Award

The UK-based educational technology firm, Twin is celebrating its recent at the Smart Toy Artificial Intelligence Awards organised by the World Economic Forum this month, beating competition from the likes of LEGO to take home first place in the Empowering Toy category. It marks the latest award win for the …

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SoapBox Labs unveils new voice tech to enhance child’s play and interaction with smart toys

A team behind the development of safe and secure voice technology for children, SoapBox Labs, has unveiled new features to its tech that give kids a ‘more natural and frictionless’ way to interact with their games, apps, and smart toys using their voices. Until now, features such as Voice Activity …

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Where’s the fun in fungible? | Could the toy industry be key to unlocking the potential of the NFTs market?

For those who remember typing BRB into their MSN chat box, or anyone still wrestling with the WFH concept, there’s a new acronym in town, and it’s potential to shape the future of entertainment and the collectables space is boundless. It’s probably time we all got to know NFTs a …

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Opinion | Making augmented a reality: How AR is empowering future generations of play

With brands like Pokémon and LEGO paving the way for toy manufacturers (big and small) to bring augmented reality into their products, and as the technology continues to blend hands-on play with endless digital universes, it’s small wonder why the AR toy trend has caught the imagination of so many. …

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Game changer | Funko celebrates potential for NFT market with TokenHead acquisition

Funko is strengthening its position amid the global collectables scene by making a play for the NFT space through the acquisition of a majority ownership stake in TokenWave, the developer behind TokenHead. TokenHead is recognised as a leading mobile app and website for showcasing and tracking Non-Fungible Token or NFT, …

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Yoto partners with Puffin for the publisher’s latest Puffin World of Stories schools push

The children’s audio platform, Yoto, has detailed a new partnership with the children’s publisher, Puffin to support its Puffin World of Stories initiative and donate 90 Yoto Players, Card Cases and Card sets to primary schools across the country. Run in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, Puffin World Stories …

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Smart toys voice tech firm SoapBox detail US expansion and senior team promotions

The kids’ voice technology company, SoapBox Labs has detailed its expansion into the US and the promotion of three employees within its leadership team, as the Dublin-based company maintains its momentum amid ‘growing demand for child-specific voice tech’ in the global market. “A decade after the introduction of voice assistants …

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Virsix Games ‘makes gaming history’ with crowdsourced act-it-out title Star Auditions

Virsix Games is giving players the chance to be a part of gaming history as the company begins crowdsourcing game content for its latest release, Star Audition – the world’s first act-it-out party game enhanced by smart speaker technology. Through the launch of its new Kickstarter campaign, Virsix Games will …

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