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April 13, 2015
February 2, 2015
The CES closed a few weeks ago, the world’s tech companies have taken their best products to the arena and now that the dust has settled I wanted to write a summary of what exciting innovation we can expect in the kids and families industry.
November 14, 2014
When Boston Dynamics recently released a video of its Atlas Robot doing the “crane stance” from Karate Kid, I, like many others, had a mixed reaction. I was part amazed – I had never seen a robot balance like that on one foot before; part unimpressed – It didn’t even attempt the kick; and part bemused – other than for taking over the world Terminator style, what is its application? Science and engineering are advancing at such a phenomenal rate that real world applications for new technological abilities seem to come quite a long way after the original invention. However there is one area where the latest technology always seems to end up… toys. I often wonder if it is an in-joke amongst the world’s top research labs? -
October 17, 2014
Back in my tween days, my wonderful yet curious mum wanted to read my diary. She didn’t in the end – something along the lines of “rights to privacy and independence” and my dad believing in them. On another occasion, I must have been around 12, I ran into a friend after my piano lesson, decided to spend some time with her and didn’t call home to let the family know. I didn’t have a mobile phone and I just wasn’t thinking that they would be worried. I was very wrong. They were. I eventually got home, got very memorably told off and learned some important lessons.
March 14, 2014
It is no news that kids interact with a variety of media from a very young age. The people around them want what is best for the kids, and so the pressure for this media to be in some way beneficial or educational is extremely high. At the same time, the industry suffers from a lack of understanding of what being educational truly means and how parents and children consume this “education”. Shedding some much needed light into this area of thinking, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center recently published an insightful report looking into the educational media use in children’s households.