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All right, you’re asking, “What the heck is a Bilibo and why does it come in two sizes anyhow?”
The Bilibo “combines a rocking chair, spinning top, cradle and tunnel in one single toy,” says its maker Kid O.
Bilibo arouses curiosity, engages the imagination and playfully trains basic motor skills and balance, the company adds. It’s designed to encourage imaginative play with indoor and outdoor activities. “Our toys engage and stimulate children again and again with a rich variety of shapes, colors, and sizes — so the possibilities for open-ended, creative play are limitless.”
There are multiple sizes and colors. The Kid O Bilibo Yellow is $24 here.
Start singing, baby!
Nov 5, 2014 by Paul W.
This gadget is more than just an amplified microphone: turn the mic on “and a glowing baby-animal will appear on the mirror with a mic in the hand” to join your tot in a tune.
And it’s more than just songs: With its Activity Cube Center, “everywhere baby turns there is something to do and learn,” maker WolVol says. There’s a toy phone, a steering wheel with real car sounds, and more.
It’s $50 here.
3D “printing” is a new manufacturing technique that sprays out solid material like an inkjet printer, building it up layer by layer into a larger object.
The first 3D printed items were simple lumpy toys. But the technology has advanced fast — and now surgeons have used a 3D model of an infant’s heart to prepare for life-saving surgery.
No, they did not *make* a new heart on a 3D printer! Maybe someday…
Instead the doctors at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City worked from MRI scan data to make a 3D model on which they could better see how it was “riddled with holes and structured unusually,” The Independent reports. “Surgery was going to be complicated and dangerous, but this 3D printed heart provided the surgeons the opportunity to study the organ, and develop a detailed surgery strategy.”
The full story is here.
Kids, watch this!
Oct 28, 2014 by Paul W.
Dick Tracy would be envious: it’s not just a watch, it’s a camera!
With the Kidizoom Smartwatch, “young photographers can take photos and videos on the go,” VTech says.
The color touchscreen can be set with 50 clock-face designs.
There’s also a voice recorder, with “wacky voice-changing effects,” and four learning games.
VTech’s first portable camera “watch will create an entirely new play experience for kids 3 and older,” the company says.
It’s $60 here.
The makers of the Ovatemp fertility tracking app are now offering the complementary ONDO digital thermometer to monitor the start of ovulation.
A woman’s fertility cycle can be measured based on basal body temperature throughout the month, TechCrunch reports, and the thermometer makes it easy to check that, sending the temperature information via Bluetooth to your iPhone when you stick the thermometer under your tongue.
Ovatemp says its methods are based on traditional Chinese medicine.
The ONDO will ship next Spring, and is available for pre-order now for $75 here.
Baby goes for a drive
Oct 23, 2014 by Paul W.
All right, it’s actually a stationary car — but it encourages your baby to sit up, crawl, pull up, stand & move all around for play inside & out, says Fisher-Price.
The Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car is a “vehicle for fun” the company says, “fully loaded with busy activities inside and out.”
Your baby can turn the key, honk the horn, turn the steering wheel or shift the gear to activate lights, learn phrases, and sing along to 75 songs and tunes. There are Learning, Music, and Imagination modes to introduce babies to letters, numbers, colors, first words, greetings & more.
It’s $67 here.