Halo +, total control of your baby

Many fathers and mothers have had some devices to know how a baby is at a distance. First it only allowed to hear the noises in another room, then the cameras came and now Halo+ has arrived. This product developed by Motorola and that adapts to any cradle, incorporates unimaginable functionalities: a camera with infrared night vision at 10 meters, a bidirectional audio system and sound and motion detection sensors. The product also comes with an interconnected viewer for use at home, although if you prefer, parents can access the camera with their smartphones from anywhere.

The benefits do not end here. It comes equipped with a speaker that when the baby wakes up automatically activates specific sounds to make it sleep again. You can also project images of soft colors on the ceiling as if it were a virtual mobile. And to finish completing the list of functionalities, Halo+ is connected to the Hubble IOT platform, which allows parents to control how much their child has slept and even see a daily (or nightly) summary of activity recorded by the camera.

The price of Halo+ is $300.


Children’s cooking instruments

Opinel is a French firm that has been manufacturing kitchen instruments for 130 years. But it has not been until a few months ago that he has put on sale one of the products that has attracted the most attention. This is Le Petit Chef, a kit of kitchen instruments designed for children. They are knives, graters, peelers and other instruments designed specifically for children’s use. This means that the sizes are adapted, the ergonomics is also designed for children and, what is more important, they incorporate elements so that the smallest can not be cut or damaged when handling them.

The price of this set for small chefs and cooks is 35 euros, and can be purchased both on the Opinel website and large e-commerce operators such as Amazon.


Connected games, but screen-free

The Creative Touch Studio is a very special toy. It is an immersive game aimed at children up to 10 years of age based on a board and a series of pieces and characters that allow the little ones to discover and learn, follow stories and adventures to children up to seven years old and create a world of their own and personal to children from eight years. One of the most relevant aspects is the fact that the game does not have any screen but, on the contrary, it is connected to devices, specifically to domestic assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or iPhone’s Siri. Through an application, the device accompanies the player with sounds and with the narration of the story that must be followed on the board, encouraging concentration and imagination of the players.

The game has been developed by Kate Stone a woman born in the United Kingdom, PhD in physics and microelectronics and who decided to change sex in 2007. She is currently looking for beta testers to do the last tests before commercializing the product.

Doctor Ü

Doctor Ü is a pediatric consultation that has recently been installed in Kiev. And he has done something that seems as coherent as it is unusual: design the space thinking about his patients. This consultation is not decorated with children’s motives, but has already been conceived as an attractive space for children with the aim of having a good memory of visits to the doctor and to increase confidence with these professionals.

The consultation has recreated a “non-medical” atmosphere, hiding the instruments and health tools. He has also opted for wood to create warmth, for furniture that does not reach the ceiling so as not to overwhelm children, and for colors and attractive shapes in the eyes of children. The project has been developed by the Ater Architecs studio and has already attracted the attention of specialized media.



The best sand castles

In the summer of 2016, Kevin Lane took his little daughter to play on the beach. There, he began to make a sand castle and, at the same time, he gave a brilliant idea to his father. Thus Create a Castle was born, a kit to make the best sandcastles in the world.

The kit includes different pieces of plastic designed to make spectacular sand creations, with the look of traditional medieval castles, which include towers, walls and even circular staircases. In addition, the kit also works to make castles using snow, and therefore it is a valid toy both by sea and heat and by cold and mountain areas.

Create a Castle costs between $ 15 and $ 50 depending on how you want to complete the toy, and a part of the money raised is given to a foundation that cares for marine animals. The toy has had very good reviews in specialized portals such as The Toy Insider.


The Period Game

Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy met at the Rhode Island School of Design. In one of the subjects they were asked to think and design a new product with possible commercial outlet. The result was The Period Game, a board game about menstruation that wants to change the focus of how it is explained to children. The game wants to explain what are the changes that occur in the body of women when they have the rule in a fun, understandable and normalizing their vocabulary.

The Period Game consists of a board and a series of pieces and cards. The first participant who completes the planned course wins the game. In addition, the game comes with a book of instructions and a pedagogical book about menstruation.

The two entrepreneurs have used the Kickstarter platform to collect funds needed to develop the game, which can be booked from last February 5. It is expected that the game will begin to be distributed to the first buyers from May 2019 at a price of € 39.

JetKids, the suitcase to travel and to play

The Norwegian firm STOKKE of childcare material is especially known for its high chairs, cars and baby carriers, but lately it has expanded its catalog of products with innovative solutions. Surely the most surprising is JetKids.

It is a spacious suitcase for when you leave a few days from home but it comes equipped with a system of swiveling wheels so that the child can play as if it were a kind of bike / motorcycle without pedals. The height of the suitcase and the ergonomics of the upper part are designed to be easy to get up and down for any child between 3 and 7 years old. It also has a strap to facilitate its transport by adults or to stretch it while the creature is riding it. JetKids, which meets the measures to take it in the cabin of any plane, can be purchased on the STOKKE website for € 119.


3Doodler, a 3D pen

In 2012, three entrepreneurs came up with what, in time, would be the best-selling 3D printing product in history. It is 3Doodler, a simple 3D pen. That is, it is a ballpoint pen that instead of ink contains plastic, which allows the drawings to take over as the user wants.

Since its release, this product has achieved impressive success: more than one million units sold, high demand from educational centers around the world, unanimous positive reviews and rewards for toy fairs more important Not satisfied with this, their inventors have now launched an app that allows the child to improve their creations. The system consists of offering patterns that the user must follow with the pen to obtain the obtained result. The 3D pen has been launched in three versions: for children from 6 years old, for adults and for professionals. Prices range from $ 49 to $ 249 although there are also discounts for schools.

Play without touching the toy

In the movie Minority Report, the character played by Tom Cruise used screens without touching them, only with the movements of his hands. Now this concept also reaches the world of toys.

In the last edition of the New York Toy Fair, a toy of only 40 dollars was awarded and it caused a sensation among the attendees. This is Supernova, a small drone that, instead of remote control, moves thanks to the five motion sensors that it incorporates. The user can, with only his hands, move this flying sphere and even perform more than 30 tricks depending on the gestures it provokes.

The toy has been developed by the Canadian company SpinMaster and is recommended for children from 8 years and up.


GoCab, taxi for children

GoCab is an electric bicycle designed to make a taxi for children. The GoCab can comfortably carry up to eight boys and girls sitting in the front compartment, while being driven by an adult. The bicycle in question, designed and marketed by the company Van Raam, has high technical performance: reverse, eight gears, disc brakes and parking brake, protector for sun and rain and even a compartment to store backpacks and bags. bags of small passengers.

The vehicle is intended for day care centers, schools, entities, or to accompany the park to groups of children at the end of classes. All in cities with bike lanes.

GoCab has won several awards, such as the International Eurobike Award, the Innovation Award from Amsterdam Rai and the Dutch Design Week award. Thanks to the success of the product, currently the company’s engineers are working on the development of a new model with even more and better features.