Operating hi-tech gadgets is only second to the nature of today’s kids. Parents must have seen their five year old complete the final stage of a video game when they fumble to get past the first stage. Technology can be a double edged sword when it comes to kids. That is the reason why parents have to be extra careful when it comes to purchasing gadgets for their kids. The following ten gadgets are not only safe for your child but also educational.
When we think about gifts for kids, we mostly think about soft toys. So let us start with a gadget which closely resembles it, the Miffy MP3 player. Available with green colored charging dock that resembles a round lawn, this player is compatible with all popular audio file formats. The dock also displays a small house like structure that doubles as the speakers. This little Miffy is available with interchangeable clothes in various colors including blue, pink, green, orange and more.
If you think Miffy is sweet, you’ll surely like the pink colored piggy bank that’s next on our list. Dubbed Pig-E-bank, this device is actually an electronic talking piggy bank. Unlike the traditional piggy banks, this device not only holds but also identifies the coin denominations deposited. This fun device teaches your child to recognize coin denominations and save money at the same time. The LCD counter on the side that reveals the total sum deposited. The retrieval procedure of the deposited coins is a bit disgusting. All you have to do is press the pig’s nose to retrieve the coins from its back-side. Powered by three AA batteries this Pig-E-bank will cost you only $19.99 (approx. Rs. 975).
The next gadget on our list is the Disney Pix series digital camera. If your child has a creative mind and loves taking pictures then these cameras are just perfect for your kids. Apart from boosting creativity, these cameras also provide a low cost method of taking snapshots. To add personal touch to the images clicked, these cameras also incorporate an editing software. Moreover, these cameras are stamped with various Disney characters including Little Mermaid, Hanna Montana and Pirates of the Caribbean. You can purchase these cameras for just $19.95 (approx. Rs. 973).
What could be a better gift for your little astronomer than the SkyScout? This handheld device is your personal planetarium which perfectly combines fun with learning. This device provides information on over 60,000 heavenly objects. The firmware can be constantly updated to incorporate more data. Just point the SkyScout to any star or constellation in the night sky to access data like its name, history, mythology, and more. This device is suitable for kids above the age of 8 and costs $399 (approx. Rs.19,239).
For the gamers of tomorrow, Fisher-price offers Pixter Color, a PDA specially meant for kids. The PDA allows kids to play games and doodle. This device now comes with a whole new range of games including Connect the Magic dots and Color by Number. The paintbrush tool of the doodle incorporates palettes with 16 colors and six special effect tools to bring out the creativity of your kids. The Pixter Color PDA can be purchased from Amazon for $74.95 (approx. Rs. 3,615).
The firefly glowPhone is a perfect device that keeps children and parents connected. This device has been designed to provide all the basic features of a mobile phone and yet be safe for children of all ages. This phone comes with full color screen, built-in games and customizable ringtones and wall papers. The phone allows parents to control incoming and outgoing calls. Two speed dial buttons named Mom and Dad instantly connect your child to you. Capable of storing around 50 contacts, this phone can be purchased in pink, red, green, silver and black colors for a price of $49.99 (approx. Rs.2,410).
The PeeWee Pivot laptop is specifically designed for children. The laptop is capable of tolerating bangs, bumps, drops and liquid spills. Incorporating the Intel Atom Processor, 1.3-megapixel webcam and Disney’s Windows XP Theme, this device comes with a 180 degree rotating screen. The PeeWee laptop can be purchased for a price of $599 (approx. Rs.29,058).
The next device on our list is Hasbro VCamNow. This digital video camera can also be used as a webcam. The camera shoots at a speed of 10 frames per second. The VCanNow records videos with a resolution of 320 x 240pixels. The 32GB internal memory can be expanded via a Secure Digital/MultiMedia Card slot. Boasting of a 4x digital zoom, this camera also features a USB 2.0 port. This port assists in connecting the camera to your PC or TV. This camera is priced at $89 (approx. Rs.4,318).
iRiver has come up with a new digital audio player in the form of Smiley Eyes. This player takes its form after Disney’s most loved and renowned cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. The player is shaped to portray only the outline of Mickey’s face. This cute little device is the perfect companion for your child. Available in pink and blue colors, this device can be purchased for ¥12,800 (approx. Rs.6,520).
Our next listing is sure to attract the attention of parents. Parents are always worried that the constant loud music will affect the hearing of their little ones. The best remedy is to get them a pair of the LoudEnough Volume Limiting Earphones to protect their delicate ears. These earphones limit the sound pressure levels up to 20db. Compatible with iPods, iPhones and all types of MP3 players, these earphones are available in plum, mint and blueberry color options. These safe and secure earphones can be yours for only $38.24 (approx. Rs.1,855).
These ten safe gadgets will prove themselves to be the perfect play-mate, protecting and helping your child to grow. Providing an ideal blend of learning and fun, these gadgets ensure that your kid is exposed to the right kind of technology. Just gift your tech-savvy kid with one of these must have gadgets and watch your child’s eyes widen with surprise.