Saturday, September 7, 2013

The best or worst new parenting inventions

We're not sure whether we should cringe at this sign of our times or be thrilled that someone finally put this idea into production, but either way, technology has arrived into our everyday lives and we're pretty sure it's here to stay.

Truth be told, it is not only kids today that cannot imagine their life without technology- parents as well are affected by the constant change and the benefits it brought.

Like everything in life- there are pros and cons to the incredible dependent on technology. The question is how are going to harness the benefits in our favour while ditching the (VERY) bad aspects.

In this post, like always, we are going to focus on the cool and positive, while showing you some of the most awesome devices out there for kids.
Let's start!

   1. Interactive Pajamas- yes, you have read it correctly, an interactive PJ's does exist! Smart PJs, as they're called, have a special, scannable pattern printed on them from which an app can pull up bedtime stories onto any compatible mobile device. The dots on the pajamas represent a code and once you pull up the app, you can scan any pattern on the child's jammies and the coding embedded in the design will pull up a mobile-based storybook, lullaby or picture of animals, depending.
   2. The iPotty- unveiled at the CES, the iPotty is a child's potty with a built-in iPad stand. Its makers say it can be used "for entertainment", or to help children toilet train.
There are no specially-designed apps for the iPotty just yet, but New York-based manufacturer CTA Digital say they are looking at producing some in the future.
     3. Mind controlled helicopter- A year ago, this freaky/cool kickstarter campaign managed to fully fund his goal. This gadget by NeuroSky is called Puzzlebox, and it is bringing us a helicopter we can fly around with our brain waves and a headset.
   4.  Interactive game play- Lego and plastic play are a thing of the past according to Sifteo. This innovative company wants to reinvent Lego with its high tech cubes which can moved around and create structures. The cubes can connect wirelessly and "speak" which each other to create a wholesome game set that can be taken apart.

So what do you say- cringe or be thrilled? And what’s your favorite gadget? 

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