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?

Bill Handel Show – 17 December 2007

Here are my last minute gadget picks for the geek in your life, as heard on the Bill Handel Show on KFI Los Angeles, Monday 17 December 2007 at 7:45a.skitched-20071217-080532.jpg

  • Hate those clamshell packages? Try the Zibra Open It, an easy to use Plastic Container Package Opener, $15
  • Palm’s cheapest cell phone is also its best, the Palm Centro $100 with a two year Sprint contract
  • The most amazing tech invention of the year, a 2GB SD memory card with Wi-Fi! It’s the Eye.Fi. Transfer your pictures wirelessly to your computer and Internet. $100
  • Ironkey – the USB thumbdrive that surpasses US military specs for security. $80-150 depending on capacity
  • A mouse that fits inside your laptop, the MoGo Mouse, $70
  • A laptop bag that charges your laptop while you go, the Voltaic Messenger solar bag. $230.
  • A USB, camera, and green screen for the kids for under $100, the RipRoar Creation Station.

BlogWorld Keynote

This new section will feature information about upcoming appearances, and after the appearance I’ll post links and more information.
Let’s kick things off with my keynote from Blogworld last month. Six Apart’s Anil Dash begins the talk with a survey of Google’s Open Social platform; I start around 15 minutes in.

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