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AR toy and game developer opens first interactive play and learning centre in China

China has welcomed its first augmented reality play-based learning centre to Xiamen, an area that will provide immersive learning experiences to children across health, language, social and emotional, science, and art subjects. The new concept arrives courtesy of Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology, a leading name in the development of …

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VanchCard UK launches “game-changing” AR-infused trading card game

A Manchester-based team of gamers, developers and play-enthusiasts is looking to push the UK’s status as the home of innovation in the toy space with the launch of a new AR infused trading card series called Full Evolution. The new trading card game and app aims to offer a new …

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Kano and Disney partner on the Disney Frozen 2 Coding Kit

Kano and Disney have partnered for the launch of the new Disney Frozen 2 Coding Kit, a build-it-yourself coding experience that allows kids to take on the magical role of Elsa via its motion sensor and creative coding experience. Launched today, kids can simply pop open the box and follow …

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Hamleys reveals its top ten toys for Christmas

Hamleys has turned to this year’s tech toy line-up to inspire shoppers to part with their Christmas shopping cash this season, unveiled what it predicts to be its top ten toys for the festive period this year. LEGO’s AR infused launch, LEGO Hidden Side tops the bill of this year’s …

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YouTube fined $170m over its mishandling of children’s data in the US

YouTube has been fined $170m to settle allegations that it had collected the personal information of thousands of children in the US, without their parents’ consent. The Federal Trade Commission fined Google $136m and the company will pay an additional $34m to New York state to resolve similar allegations, in …

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Sphero acquires school specialist LittleBits in power play for STEAM market

The connected STEAM toy specialist, Sphero – the firm behind that popular licensed Star Wars BB8 – has acquired the kids coding toy company, LittleBits. The takeover was detailed last week for an undisclosed sum. Before the deal, the two companies were closely aligned, with similar business models that sell …

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Ravensburger opens floor to 3D designers with MyMiniFactory collaboration

The international board game giant, Ravensburger, has partnered with the London 3D content platform, MyMiniFactory to invite creatives to design new themes and figurines that can be used in an updated version of its popular title, Labyrinth. In a first of its kind IP licensing agreement, it is hoped that …

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LEGO Hidden Side AR building kits “will bridge generations” as toymaker teases plenty more to come

LEGO’s Hidden Side Augmented Reality infused play-sets are not just the ‘bridge between physical and digital play that kids have been calling for,’ but the bridge between generations, according to Marius Lang, senior director of marketing for the UK and Ireland. At a UK media launch held at Leicester Square’s …

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