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17 Connected Toy Innovations

From Digitized Stacking Games to Virtual Fidget Spinners

— July 12, 2017 — Tech
These connected toy innovations range from digitized stacking games to connected fidget spinners. The advent of virtual reality has allowed for more advanced technologies to be developed, which in turn allows toy makers to develop products with virtual components.

Integrating readily available technology into tried and tested play formats is the natural trajectory of social advancement. This can be seen with Nerf's dart-deploying drones. By placing a camera into the dart projector and adding a remote controller, kids can feel as though they are exploring Mars while looking for aliens. It is a simple technology, but one with big impact when modified for a toy.

As ideas are adapted and translated, more and more people become exposed to an idea and become inspired to take it further. Epson's virtual drone playground is a great example of this. When the Epson Moverio AR glasses were released, there was little function attached to them until the technology was combined with EdgyBees virtual games. As a child, being able to experience something virtually (especially when it can be experienced with others) can encourage imagination and playfulness. These VR toy innovations illustrate, that by combining imagination and virtual reality, learning and play opportunities can be limitless.
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Virtual Drone Games
Virtual Drone Games
Epson Has Released AR Glasses That Create a Drone Playground
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Digitized Stacking Games
Digitized Stacking Games
'Beasts of Balance' is Like Jenga with a Digital Twist
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Mixed Reality Teaching Platforms
Mixed Reality Teaching Platforms
Microsoft's 'View Mixed Reality' Can Help Contextualize Lessons
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Realistic Toy Car Games
Realistic Toy Car Games
Forza Horizon 3 and Hot Wheels are Adding Toy Fun to the Race Simulator
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Creature-Catching Game Events
Creature-Catching Game Events
The Pokémon GO Fest Celebrates Several Milestones
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Interactive Comic Games
Interactive Comic Games
'FRAMED' Challenges Players to Re-Order Comic Strips to Alter Gameplay
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Augmented Reality Globes
Augmented Reality Globes
'Orboot' is a Map Globe That Teaches Kids About Countries and Cultures
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10
Toy Sci-Fi Helmets
Toy Sci-Fi Helmets
The Black Series Poe Dameron Helmet is a Piece of Star Wars Merchandise
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Video Game AR Toys
Video Game AR Toys
The 'SwapBots' Digital Toys Exist in Real Life and in the Digital World
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DIY Toy Robot Kits
DIY Toy Robot Kits
The 'Tio' Robotic Building Block System Lets Kids Create Complex Toys
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Realistic Driving Performance Toys
Realistic Driving Performance Toys
The Enduro Toy Cars are Interactive and Eco-Friendly
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High-Tech Tag Games
High-Tech Tag Games
Tag Team Inc. is Reinventing Laser Tag with 3D-Printed Weapons, AI and Drones
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App-Connected Racetrack Toys
App-Connected Racetrack Toys
This Bluetooth Race Car Toy Works Alongside an Accompanying App
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AI-Assisted Racing Toys
AI-Assisted Racing Toys
'Hot Wheels AI' is a Modernized Version of the Classic Race Car Toys
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Dart-Deploying Drones
Dart-Deploying Drones
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout Drone Blaster is Stealth
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Vibrating Musical Experiences
Vibrating Musical Experiences
This Wearable Pod Lets Artists Play Songs as Vibrations on Your Skin
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Programmable Fidget Spinners
Programmable Fidget Spinners
The 'Air-Scribe' Fidget Spinner Toys Feature a Built-in Display
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