We’re back from CES…just barely. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that just concluded in Las Vegas was insanely large. Over 1.9 Million square feet of show space, 150,000 people in attendance and well over 3,200 companies – by far the largest consumer electronics show in history. The crowds, the giant TVs, the lines for everything…it can wear you down. Still, we pumped our bodies full of various caffeinated beverages and carried on.
We are still going through all the material we received, but we now present the 7 Best New Toys for Kids From The CES 2013 Show. Let’s jump in…
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3
Lego has finally updated their MindStorms robotic lego kit with the new Mindstorms EV3. The new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set includes everything you need – motors, sensors, programmable brick, 550+ LEGO Technic elements, remote control – to create and command robots of even your wildest imagination, including 5 cool robot characters. Download the 3D building instructions and the app to command your robot via your smart device. Then program your robots to walk, talk, move and do whatever you want them to do to via the intuitive software program, the programmable brick or your smart device.
There are a number of new features we loved about the Mindstorms EV3. First, you no longer need to hook up to a computer to program the robot. You can now program via the EV3 brick and also via an app on your smartphone. Second, the EV3 is running LINUX, so it will be hackable. Third, the Mindstorms now have a number of sensors so they can react to the world around them. Unfortunately, there is one “feature” that parents will NOT like – the price. The MindStorms EV3 will start at $349 and due out in Fall 2013. Better start saving up now.
Here is quick video of the Mindstorms EV3 in action at CES 2013 -
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Attacknids Combat Creatures by Wow Stuff!
Hands down, our favorite toys from CES were the Attacknids Combat Creatures. Remote control robotic creatures who battle and shot darts, discs or ping-pong balls? They had us at Remote Control robotic creatures! These creatures are going to be on the kids holiday list for 2013. Here is our video preview of Attacknids Combat Creatures -
The Combat Creatures are out in the UK now and should invade the USA around September 2013 for just under $100.
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We could try to explain mRobo, but this is one you have to see to believe -
As you can see the mRobo has some very impressive moves for a toy robot. TOSY is claiming mRobo will cost $199 and be out in Asia by the end of 2013. mRobo will probably have 2 gigs of memory and be programmable in some way. Of course mRobo is really about dancing and he will dance to songs loaded in his memory and even have celebrity dance moves.
More Information: TOSY Robots
TOSY Disco Robo Super Star
Not ready to drop $199 on a dancing robot? How about $40 or $85 for a Disco Robo or Disco Robo Super Star? Check it out -
New this year is the Disco Robo Super Star, shown in the video with the stage. The Disco Robo will play music and dance, as any fun loving robot should do. Look for these in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 with a price tag of $40 for the stageless Disco Robo and $80 for the Disco Robo Super Star with stage.
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CUBE 3D Printer by 3D Systems
Fine, I am not sure you can call a $1,200 3D Printer a toy, but you can certainly make toys with the CUBE 3D. 3D Systems announced a new version of their CUBE 3D Printer and it is now even more kid friendly. By using a glass build plate, The CUBE is able to print 3D objects without using heat on the build plate. Kids and their parents can design their own objects or pick something from the Cubify site and print the object right on their CUBE 3D Printer.
At this point, there may be limited uses for 3D printers, but this technology is growing rapidly and I can only imagine what our kids will be printing at home five years from now!
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Kick Bee Bluetooth Mini Robot by BeeWi
Cars, planes and helicopters that you control with your iPhone or Android devices? That is so 2012. A bluetooth mini soccer playing robot that you control with your phone? Now we are talking 2013. BeeWi was at CES showing off a number of cool toys that you control via bluetooth with your phone, but the cutest has to be the Kick Bee soccer playing robots. Take a look for yourself -
The Kick Bee should sell for about $54 and be available later this year.
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Charge Station U by Nyko
Finally we end with the Charge Station U. Technically this is not a toy, but it is device which keeps one of your toys – the Wii U – running. Charge Station U stores and charges 1 Wii U GamePad and 2 Wii Remotes and includes 2 NiMH rechargeable batteries and rubberized battery covers for the remotes. The Charge Station U utilizes an easy drop and charge system that allows you to conveniently charge your controllers while you store them so you always have full power each and every time you game. The station comes with its own AC power supply, so it I can rapidly charge all 3 controllers simultaneously. The GamePad cradle portion of the dock is also equipped with adjustable viewing angles making it perfect for watching video content while you recharge your controllers. The Charge Station U will be available in February for a MSRP of $34.99, in both white and black.
We happen to own the Wii U, which is fantastic, but trying to keep all the controls juiced with power seems like a full time job. The Charge Station U looks like an elegant way to keep all the controls charged and we also loved the adjustable viewing angles for the Wii U GamePad.
More Information: Nyko
Stay Tuned, Much More Coverage Is On the Way
Over the next few months we will do our best to get our hands on all the above toys so we can do some real world testing. While the toys looked cool at CES, we never recommend a product until we have had a chance to do some hands-on testing. Of course, CES was not all toys and games, over the next few days look for our other Best of CES 2013 guides! You can click here for all our CES 2013 coverage.