Technology has reached a new peak in 2011 with the emergence of the tablet computer to the marketplace. While several of the best hi-tech toys for the year feature this innovative technology, other companies have been able to expand on the old-time favorites such as remote controlled vehicles and video games to create toys that will brighten the eyes of children and adults alike. Here is a compilation of the best hi-tech toys for 2011.
LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet
The newest technology of computers is in tablets, which is exactly what LeapFrog had in mind with the creation of the LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet.
Ideal for children ages 4 to 9, the LeapPad combines education with entertainment. Featuring similar features to a full scale tablet, including a touchscreen and built in camera with video recording capabilities, the LeapPad is also kid-friendly with apps such as Art Studio and Story Studio.
Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect
Just when you think that gaming consoles can’t get any more creative, the Xbox 360 4GB Console presents Kinect. Now you are able to play the latest action, adventure, and sports games without the use of a controller.
The Kinect sensor utilizes technology that recognizes the player’s body as the controller, bringing you into the game more than ever before. An added benefit of the Kinect sensor is the increase in physical activity required by the console. Your child can become more physically fit, all while spending hours playing a favorite video game.
VTech – InnoTab Interactive Learning Tablet
The VTech InnoTab Interactive Learning Tablet brings the latest craze in computer technology into the hands of children.
Using a 5-inch touchscreen in color, this educational tablet features 64MB of memory for accessing VTech downloads; you can also purchase individual cartridges that hold VTech games and activities. Just like more adult-friendly tablets, this VTech tablet doubles as an e-reader as well as a music/video/photo viewer.
TASCO 49TN Refractor Telescope & Microscope
Inspire the scientists in your life with this set that includes a 49TN Refractor Telescope and Microscope by Tasco. The table top refractor telescope features a 50x50mm zoom, capable of exploring the night sky or the neighbor’s backyard.
Check out the student size 900x microscope which is perfect for examining dead insects or specks of dirt. Included in the 19 piece kit are the necessary slides in an assortment of thicknesses and widths as well as sample slides for examination.
Spy Gear Spy Video Car VX-6
The Spy Gear Spy Video Car VX-6 puts a spin on the traditional remote-controlled car for kids. Using state-of-the-art technology including infrared night vision, the spies in your house will be able to scoot the car from room to room, even in the blackness of night.
The handy remote control features an amazingly clear color LCD screen so the spy will be able to view everything in sight of the spy car. This spy car is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera
The kid-friendly Kid-Tough Digital Camera by Fisher-Price makes taking photos child’s play. With an 8MB storage system that holds approximately 1,000 images, as well as a SD memory card slot, this digital camera rivals the adult version on the market.
Your young photographer will be able to view the images on the 1.44” color screen before deciding whether to print or refocus. Featuring a colorful pink design with girl-friendly side rubber grips, your young lady will be able to practice her photography skills in style. Girls ages 3 and up will have a ball capturing memories with this great first digital camera.
Featuring a 7-inch touchscreen in full color display, the Kindle Fire by Amazon also has a dual-core processor that uses the technology of the Internet ‘cloud’ for technological multi-tasking.
This latest tablet appeared to the market at November 2011 and is destined to be at the top of its class. With 8GB of internal memory, the Fire will store approximately 6,000 books or 10 movies along with 80 apps that are downloadable , thanks to the Kindle Fire’s Wi-Fi capabilities.
Apple iPod touch 8GB (4th Generation)
At the top of its game, Apple presents the latest in the long line of music playing devices, the iPod Touch 8GB (4th Generation).
This slim unit holds 2,000 musical tracks, or you can store 10 hours of video with sound on the system. While the Apple iPod is known for compatibility with the iTunes Store, you can also download songs in MPEG 4 and H.264 formats for a more accessible music player. The battery life of the 4th Generation iPod Touch delivers approximately 40 hours of music.
Cyclaws Remote Control Vehicle
Bandai presents the Cyclaws Remote Control Vehicle as this year’s top-of-the-line remote controlled car. While the car is RC accessible, your child can also operate the car manually for dual capabilities.
Appropriate for ages 8 and up, the Cyclaws will hit the road running as it flips and careens around sharp curves while the wheels transform into robotic claws. Also, when the car flips, a robot pops up in the driver’s seat, a surprising and unique feature not found on any other RC car on the market.
The latest hand held gaming system to be released is the PlayStation Vita manufactured by Sony. Featuring an organic light emitting display (OLED), the PlayStation Vita display is five inches of multi-touch bliss. Other amenities include GPS capabilities, a multi-touch pad on the back of the unit, and both front and rear cameras for multi-gamer communication.
Certain models of the PS Vita include Wi-Fi or 3G Internet access. The latest games abound with the PS Vita, which are custom-created to take full advantage of the crystal clear imaging and advanced unit controllers.