With the modern era becoming ever-more saturated by, and dependent upon, tech, together with Christmas being but a day away, we look at how the world of children’s toys has changed.
- The doll
Where once children were satisfied with a standard china or plastic doll, 2014 sees the release of My Friend Cayla – a doll with a difference. Thanks to clever speech-to-text software, Cayla can answer most questions with a quick google search. And, for cautious parents, she comes with SafeSearch technology..
- The watch
From a watch to a smart watch, the Kiddizoom Smartwatch combines a camera and games with a touch screen… And still manages to tell the time. Not the most groundbreaking toy of the year, but with the Apple iWatch launch, it’s still an indicator of on-trend tech.
- The notepad
In the modern era, the notepad has been replaced with…a notepad, although a digital version with far more capabilities. For some kids, tablets – like a kidified version of the Amazon Kindle, or an iPad – are high on the wishlist. Younger children, though, are probably more interested in Leapfrog variants (LeapTV combines games with internet and a camera), although the latter arguably has a more educational angle, with programs designed to help with subjects like maths and the social sciences. A far cry from days of yore.
- The paper aeroplane
While origami used to be enough to entertain schoolkids, Generation Y prefers a technological gadget they can control through their phone – just by using a simple app. Enter the PowerUp 3.0, the brainchild of an Israeli former pilot.
- The robot
The odd one out on our list, with no ‘olde worlde’ equivalent, the robot was once the stuff of fiction, and now makes for a suitable Christmas present. Aquabots robotic toys – which range from sharks to insects – ‘swim’ underwater, cutting off after 5 minutes to save on battery, and re-activating with a tap. We’re not sure what the ‘olde worlde’ equivalent is – a spinning top?