Wednesday, 1 March 2017

SwapBots is a new collectable augmented reality toy that supports mixed physical and digital play. This style of play is really starting to take off. 

Musicon is a revolutionary, wooden interactive musical instrument which kids (aged 2-8) can "code" to compose their own music. Musicon has already been used in a variety of settings, including home, school and special needs centres to bring a different way to music education.

When we first saw the Arckit architectural construction sets we wanted to add electronics to them. So that's precisely what we've done. We've added light and sound effects to a building and created touch sensitive buttons and floor panels.

See our Arckit review for more details.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

JewelBots is a wearable friendship bracelet which you can code to send secret messages to your friends and do other cool things. Jewelbots is specifically targeted at girls, but the design will be appealing to boys too.

We've received 2 Jewelbots to play around with at home. In this post, we'll give you our first impressions review of the device. We'll definitely be exploring them in more detail, so come back soon for our projects with Jewelbots.

Disclaimer: Jewelbot sent us 2 wearable devices to try at home. Our views and opinions are always our own.

The new Raspberry Pi Zero W has been announced just in time for the fifth birthday of the Raspberry Pi. The Pi Zero adds on-board connectivity (Wireless LAN and Bluetooth) which really extends the scope of what you can do with this board. All for $10.

There's also an official case with 3 different lids: a plain one, one with a window for GPIO access and one with a camera hole.

Check the Raspberry Pi Zero W announcement post for stockists.

Pimoroni have some great Pi Zero W project kits. (We've been enjoying programming their Flotilla Dock and Modules with Scratch recently.)

Monday, 27 February 2017

We've been hoping that Pimoroni would add Scratch support to their fabulous Flotilla electronics range for the Raspberry Pi. We love the hardware but none of the current programming options really appeal to my kids aged 8 and 10 who really want to code in Scratch. They are just the right are for using the electronics so wanted to try and find an option that works for them.

I decided to see what I could do to get Scratch 1.4 on the Pi talking to Flotilla.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Pai Technology is on a mission to create products for modern families to help kids play, grow and learn with technology. They have a number of different and really interesting products including Ocean Pets and Cube-Tastic! Pai Technology kindly sent us these AR enhanced toys to try at home.

In this post, we will look at the Ocean Pets activity set and will tell you more about Cube-Tastic in another post.

Disclaimer: Pai Technology provided us with products to review. This is not a sponsored post and our views are always our own.