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Tech Bytes: Top Gadgets for Kids This Holiday Season

Tech Bytes: Top Gadgets for Kids This Holiday Season
Tech Bytes with Mark Moesner, Verizon Wireless
Sphero Orbotix 2 – Everybody enjoys playing ball, from pets, kids of all ages and even adults. The Sphero Orbotix 2.0 ball travels 6 feet per second in any direction, lights up in different colors and plays games. It can be controlled by your smartphone or tablet for hours of entertainment. Connects wirelessly to any iPhone or Android™ device with a range of 50 feet. (Android and iOS: $129.99)

Woogie Zee- Parents looking for a fun way for the kids to interact with an iPod or to keep them entertained out in public can benefit from the Woogie. The Woogie Zee is an interactive plush toy that makes a great friend for any preschooler, offering imaginary play through video, games, music and more. To bring Woogie Zee to life, download the app to an iPhone 5, 4/4S or iPod Touch, then tuck the device into the plush toy's protective clear pocket and start playing. Children can choose a face for Woogie Zee, and hug, poke, tickle and shake him to see how he reacts. iOS only - $24.99

LeapFrog Mr. Pencil Stylus helps kids learn to write numbers and shapes. Combined with a scratchproof stylus, the free learn-to-write app comes complete with animation, sound effect surprises, and guidance. Mr. Pencil is for children ages 3-6. Works with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. ($14.99)

Welcome to the next generation of digital art! Crayola DigiTools are the perfect creative accessories for iPad®. The Deluxe Pack gives you all these tools in one cool collection: the Digital 3-D Tool and 3-D Glasses for eye-popping designs, Digital Crayon for dazzling drawings, the Digital Airbrush for virtual spray-art effects and a Digital Stamper for instant, animated images. Use the Digital Stamper to unlock and download all three apps. Kids get pages of background scenes and starter designs so they can express without the mess. ($39.99)

Designed for little ones, the Creativity Camera Protective Case and App combine the camera power of iPhone and iPod touch with creative learning fun. The case protects your iPhone or iPod touch device and the information stored in it while your child enjoys hours of play. To use, simply download the included creativity learning app, and place your device into the protective case for hours of games and activities. Children can edit photos to make silly pictures, go on photo missions to create special albums and even play an exciting augmented reality game. ($19.99)

If the kids need a little extra power during the holiday season, a portable charger for your tweeners and teens is a great back-up. The Samsung Galaxy Portable Battery Pack packs punch of energy with 9000 mAh. This extended battery pack is compatible with nearly all smartphones and tablets (and also some cameras) and fits easily into a backpack. Charging status is easy to read on a dark wintry night with four color-coded LEDs. ($99.99)
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