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300 Flips | 2 Magazines | 72 Likes | 2 Following | 16 Followers | @JamesDLema | Producer for Hasbro's Integrated Play and Mobile App Development team. I share articles highligting the convergence of digital and physical gaming.

This app hacked the iPhone’s dual camera system, and you’ve never seen anything like it

Apple wasn’t the first smartphone maker to switch to a dual-lens camera setup on the back of its handsets. Of course once Apple did it, plenty of …

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Holograms come to life in the world's first interactive display

Interactive Holograms<p>Hologram technology has come a long way since Princess Leia delivered a hologram message to Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. …

This wearable turns your fingers into a Bluetooth keyboard

As my fingers gently tap the right side of my head, I watch the letters pop up on the iPad in front of me: "A, E, I, O, U."<p>No, I hadn't suddenly become psychic. I'm wearing a finger strap called Tap that allows me to type on any surface using my hands.<p>I mean any surface.<p>As a demonstration of Tap's …

Minecraft gets Mixer interactive live streaming, Mixed Reality features

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, even single-player or solo games need no longer be a solitary activity. From leaderboards to gameplay footage …

Here Are the Toys Amazon Predicts Will Be Hot This Holiday Season

Amazon is warming up its holiday marketing machine.<p>The online retailer has posted its predictions of the 100 hottest holiday toys – and there are …

The future of smart toys and the battle for digital children

As smart toys gain popularity, many are hoping that when technology becomes less visible play will come to the fore<p>Maura Sparks is sitting on stage with a small, blue plastic creature on her lap. This is the first prototype of Smarty, she explains, a voice-controlled digital assistant Sparks hopes …

Can a Tech Makeover Save the Toy Industry?

I’m not sure what I expected: Hot-pink, bejeweled furniture in the lobby? Race-car tracks coiling through the hallways? Perhaps a gaggle of elfin …

Callsign pulls in $35M Series A for its adaptive authentication platform

London-based Callsign has closed a $35 million Series A, led by Accel and early stage investor PTB Ventures, for an authentication platform which uses deep learning technology to power adaptive access control for enterprises — saying it can verify a person is who they say they are just from a swipe …

Those !@#% Passwords Are Headed Out. Here's What Comes Next

Innovation<p>Imagine a future in which you log into your computer just by looking at the screen. When you open up a browser to shop, the website already knows it’s you because of how you click and move around the page. On your way home from work, you walk up to an ATM and use your voice to withdraw …

Microsoft’s Kinect and HoloLens inventor thinks ‘the phone is already dead’

Alex Kipman, one of Microsoft’s top technical fellows, believes the age of the smartphone is over. “The phone is already dead,” says Kipman, in an interview with <i>Bloomberg</i>. “People just haven’t realized.” Kipman reportedly believes that a mixed reality device like HoloLens will replace the phone, …

You'll know Apple blew it when it makes a fingerprint dongle

April 19th, 2017<p>By now you've probably read that Apple's next flagship iPhone might be running a bit behind the company's usual release schedule. The culprit seems to be a fingerprint sensor of Apple’s own design, that’s meant to sit behind the full edge-to-edge OLED display on the front of the new …

Toy Maker Bandai Is Bringing Back Its Original Tamagotchi

Toy maker Bandai is re-releasing its original Tamagotchi model from the 90s for its 20th anniversary.<p>There are just two catches, according to <i>The</i> …

This Robot Isn't Just A Toy, It's A Friend And Learning Device For Kids With Autism

"We aren't just trying to build a toy, but a friend."<p><b>April is</b> <b>National Autism Awareness Month</b><b>. To celebrate and bring awareness throughout the month,</b> …

30+ New Toys Coming Out This Year to Up Your Child's STEAM Game

There has been a ton of stress in education lately on the combination of the academic subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math — known as "STEM" — but now the acronym has now expanded to include an "A" (Arts), and in some cases an "R" (Robotics), to become STEAM or STREAM. Regardless …

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How a Plush Toy Exposed Millions of Voice Messages Between Kids and Parents

CloudPets offered up a way for parents to keep in touch with kids, even when they were away from the house. The idea was simple: Parents would record …

Keep Your Kids Away From Connected Toys

How dangerous is a teddy bear or a doll? In the Internet of Things era, it's not an idle question but one for parents and regulators to ponder seriously.<p>On Monday, Troy Hunt, the cybersecurity expert who maintains the "Have I been pwned?" database of major breaches affecting the clients of internet …

Don’t buy your kids internet-connected toys

There’s no way to hack a Slinky.<p>On Monday, Motherboard reported that toy company Spiral Toys had been part of a massive cloud security failure over the last year. The database that stored the accounts for the company’s CloudPets teddy bear, which lets parents send audio messages through the body of …

5 Surprising Tech Trends That Are Shaping Children’s Toys in 2017

Not too long ago, you’d walk the halls of the New York Toy Fair, passing the crayons, glitter, puzzles, dolls, plushies before finally, tucked away …

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Skylanders Imaginators Arrives on the Switch; Supports All Skylanders Toys From Previous Games

Skylanders Imaginators a Launch Game for Switch<p>Skylanders fans can unlock their imaginations in new ways with Skylanders Imaginators now available on …

Turtle Mail Is A Toy Mailbox That Lets You Send Printed Messages To Your Kids

There is a ton of technology out there to connect parents with kids. But there’s still something quaint about getting a letter in the mail. (Unless …

SwapBots Augmented Reality Toys and Video Game

Editor's Rating<p>4.8?<p>Discovered on 2017-03-10<p>Bring toys to life when you use the SwapBots Augmented Reality Toys and Video Game. This creative system …

Makeblock raises $30 million for robot-building kits for kids

Remember when kids could simply play with their toys? They still can. But parents are increasingly spending on toys that are chockablock with tech components, and that promise to turn their kids into software developers or robotics engineers. The Toy Industry Association, which held its …

Meet SwapBots, an augmented-reality toy that pairs with the iPad

With so many kid-friendly games, apps, and programs these days, it can be hard for parents to pry their kids away from the screen—but not all screen …

Lego Boost is going to turn all your Lego toys into programmable robots

Cat robots, super car robots and more: Lego's new kit debuting at CES combines coding and robot-building, and it uses old bricks.<p>CES is full of robots, but Lego robots... well, that doesn't happen every year.<p>Educational codable robot toys have been a mega-trend in kid tech over the last year, from …

Call for privacy probes over Cayla doll and i-Que toys

<b>The makers of the i-Que and Cayla smart toys have been accused of subjecting children to "ongoing surveillance" and posing an "imminent and immediate threat" to their safety and security.</b><p>The accusations come via a formal complaint in the US by consumer groups.<p>They, along with several EU bodies, are …

These cute toys are being pulled from shelves for spying on your kids

According to the Norwegian consumer counsil Forbrukerrådet, some high-tech toys created by U.S.-based manufacturer Genesis Toys are hazardous to children’s privacy, and warranted a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission and the European Union.<p>The toys in question are My Friend Cayla and i-Que, …

Internet-connected toys accused of spying on kids

Complaints to regulators say that some toys collect the voices of children without permission.<p>Smart toys can certainly inject some life into playtime, but they raise big privacy concerns when an internet connection is involved... and if you believe some critics, at least a few toys have crossed the …

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The Most Popular Toys During the Holidays Since 1983 (Infographic)

Did you ever own a Game Boy? If not, what rock did you live under?<p>It’s the holidays, and you know what that means: <i>shopping</i>.<p>Every year, there’s always that one must-have item -- especially when it comes to kids' toys. People are known to wait in line for hours so they can score the season’s hit item …

My Bricks Online puts your smartphone in Lego to make playtime fun again

Lego! Lego! Lego! Who doesn’t like Lego? One of the most fascinating entries to the hackthon at TechCrunch Disrupt London makes the beloved bricks even more fun thanks to a smartphone.<p>My Bricks Online is a project that lets kids — or adults! — build Lego that uses a phone to add music or sound …

Black Friday breaks $1B sales mark on mobile devices

US shoppers made $1.2 billion in purchases with their phones and tablets on Friday, the first time in US retail history that mobile revenue exceeded $1 billion in one day, according to data released Saturday by Adobe.<p>Overall Black Friday sales surpassed another milestone, rising 21 percent to $3.34 …