CES Show 2012 catered to the kids as much as the adults, even if there weren’t many kids running around Las Vegas hotels playing with tradeshow displays. Of course, that just made it easier for the parents to play with these toys first.
1) Geo Palz’s pedometer: CES 2012 had pedometers galore, but this pedometer (combined with a patent-pending Android app Lockerbot) awards kids for the vigor of their walk and can even track cheaters. Designed by a family-owned business outside of Boulder, Colorado, these pedometers attach to shoes or clothes of kids ages 5 and up. After a kid has met a number of steps — the app Lockerbot allows parents to set up the criteria — they gain access to games similar in quality to games you’d find on tablets or the best E-readers, for example. The anti-cheat function uses an internal clock and unique daily alphanumeric code to ensure kids aren’t playing games without walking for it.
2) Fuhu’s Nabi kid-friendly tablet: Aimed at kids ages 4-10, this tablet has a 7-inch screen and will cost $199. Based on version 2.2 of Android, the Nabi enables Wi-Fi and features $15 worth of games, movies, and music alongside educational content such as state standardized math skills covering grades Pre-K through 5th, and 30+ apps for drawing and painting practice. With 30 pre-loaded books, this tablet competes with your tablet and the best E-readers. Kids can enjoy up to 5 hours of continuous use. Finally, a “Mommy mode” gives adults access to the tablets for additional applications.
3) Crayola and Griffin’s Apps: Crayola’s apps allow you to turn a photo you’ve already taken into a coloring page, and then kids can color in with digital stickers, strokes of Crayola crayons, coloring pencils, and markers. Kids can insert a photo of their own face to a coloring page with the Silly Face Swaps HD function and save to a gallery, e-mail to mom and dad, or print out. The Crayola Lights, Camera, Color! HD will be available this spring at the iTunes App Store, and the apps can be accessed on the best E-readers, tablets, and phones.