Gadget Ideas for Kids

Here are my gadget picks for the kids in your life, as heard on the Bill Handel Show on KFI Los Angeles, Wednesday 19 December 2007 at 7:45a.

  • Kajeet – the cell phone for kids, with parental controls on what the kids can do and when. No activation cost. No termination fee. 35¢ per day. Phones for $60.
  • Everybody wants Webkinz, the stuffed toys from Ganz that have a second life online. $10 and up
  • But if you want a dinosaur instead, how about Pleo. An autonomous robot that learns as you play with it. $350.
  • Rock out with Rock Band for the Xbox360 and Playstation – the whole family will love this game as you form your own band, create and customize your own rocker, and travel on a fast rise to fame around the world. $60 for the game, but you’ll want to get the guitar, drums, and mic, too, for a total of $170.
  • Get up close and personal with your belly button lint, hair follicles, and fingernails (eww) with the Jakks EyeClops Bionic Eye. This $40 200x microscope camera hooks up to any TV and provides hours of grossout fun.
  • The Leapfrog FLY Fusion Pentop Computer puts a computer in a pen. Not as useful as they make out for doing homework, but lots of fun and a real tech marvel. $80
  • I mentioned it Monday, but it’s still a great idea: A USB, camera, and green screen for the kids for under $100, the RipRoar Creation Station.

What are you getting for your kids this holiday season?

6 Replies to “Gadget Ideas for Kids”

  1. Thank you for showing Pleo. I had not seen it before. I just visited the website and that opening page makes him look mildly creepy, yet definitely cool. I think that with further developments it will actually turn into something quite special.
    Anyway, you’re the coolest!

  2. I don’t “get it” when it comes to Webkinz. In the words of LOLCats, maybe I’m just doin’ it wrong, but the second life online seems to be little more than a gimmick to me.
    I might have to go buy my kids another set, and see if we can make it work. Last year about this time they got a few of them, but we couldn’t manage the online portion. Maybe it was a Mac/Linux issue with the website. It might be worth another go.

  3. Those Webkinz sold like hot cakes during Christmas. I don’t think the rage will be over for awhile. A lot of woners are not children though.
    My daughter is on her 4th Webkinz and still wants more but I am trying to teach her virtual responsibility.
    You can buy Webkinz accessories so that they get more virtual money…spend your parents real money to get virtual money online…what is that teaching them?
    She used her Christmas virtual money to buy virtual presents in Webkinz world for her real friendsfrom school ….the lines blur.

  4. It's interesting to see this list from just over a year ago. A lot of the gadgets you have mentioned are still very popular today, particular Webkinz.

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