Holiday toys with an educational twist


>>Jen: IT’S A MOM DAY HERE ON “SA LIVE.” I’M JEN TOBIAS STRUSKI AND WE ARE TALKING ALL ABOUT TOYS TODAY. STEAM TOYS. AND I HAVE THE EXPERTS TO TELL ME. OKAY. THIS GUY IS GOING — ALL I DID WAS PUSH THIS BUTTON, BUT TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT.>>THIS IS A FRIENDLY LITTLE WOODEN ROBOT THAT’S DESIGNED BEAUTIFULLY FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY WITH. AND THEY CAN USE THEIR OWN LITTLE HANDS TO CREATE CODE. THEY DON’T KNOW THEY’RE CODING, BUT THEY’RE CODING FROM AGE 3 ON.>>Jen: WAIT. SO YOU’RE TELLING ME 3 YEAR OLDS ARE CODING ALREADY?>>USING THE LOGIC BEHIND CODING, BUILDING THEIR ABILITY TO CODE IN THE FUTURE.>>Jen: GOT IT. THAT IS SO COOL. STEAM TOYS. WE’RE NOT TALKING S.T.E.M..>>IT STANDS FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ART, ENGINEERING, AND MATH.>>Jen: THIS IS AUGMENTED REALITY.>>THIS IS DR. PANDA’S VIRTUAL REALITY AS WELL AS AUGMENTED REALITY. IT’S A LITTLE DOLLHOUSE DESIGN. YOU CAN BE YOUR OWN DESIGNER IN YOUR HOME. RIGHT NOW I’M SCANNING A FAN AND MAKING IT COME TO LIFE. OH, PLEASE, TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR US.>>Jen: OF COURSE WHEN THE CAMERAS ARE ON IT DOESN’T WANT TO WORK FOR US.>>HERE WE GO. YAY! THEN YOU PUT IT IN YOUR HOUSE. YOU CAN SPELL IT FOR A LITTLE PHONEMIC AWARENESS.>>Jen: IT’S JUST A HUGE HOUSE. YOU CAN ADD THINGS DO IT.>>YES. YOU CAN BUILD MULTIPLE HOUSES. NOW IT’S IN HIS HOUSE AND HE CAN MAKE THE FAN GO.>>Jen: OH, MY GOSH!>>YOU CAN CLOSE IT AND THERE’S YOUR HOUSE. YOU CAN CLOSE THE DOORS, OPEN THE WINDOWS, WHATEVER YO WANT. DESIGNING IN YOUR OWN VIRTUAL DOLLHOUSE.>>Jen: WHAT AGE GROUP?>>THIS IS FOR PRESCHOOL AS WELL AS FOR GENERAL — SIBLINGS CAN PLAY. THEY CAN COLOR. THERE’S PHYSICAL MARKERS. YOU CAN ACTUALLY COLOR YOUR OWN AND PUT THEM IN YOUR HOME.>>Jen: I CAN’T KEEP UP WITH TECHNOLOGY. I TELL YOU. BUT AUGIE IS REALLY COOL. HE’S NOT ONLY AUGMENTED REALITY. MIKE, OUR BIG KID IS ALREADY PLAYING IT, BUT YOU CAN ALSO CODE WITH THIS ONE.>>YES.>>Jen: TELL ME ALL ABOUT AUGIE.>>AUGIE IS A ROBOT, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, FOR PRESCHOOLERS TO SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN AS WELL. HE HAS AUGMENTED REALITY. HE HAS THE ABILITY TO CODE IN AUGMENTED REALITY, WHICH MEANS YOU CAN BRING YOUR CODING TO LIFE IMMEDIATELY. AND MIKE, I THINK, IS JUST PLAYING AROUND WITH A FEW SEQUENCES TO MAKE HIM MOVE FORWARD OR BACKWARD OR IN CRAZY 8s AS WELL AS MAKE A LITTLE ANIMAL SOUND.>>Jen: DID YOU JUST MAKE HIM BARK?>>Mike: YES. LET ME PICK HIM UP AND TRY IT AGAIN SO YOU CAN HEAR IT. IF I JUST TOUCH THE DOGGIE THING ON HERE. [BARKING]>>Mike: OR A CAT.>>Jen: IT’S HARD FOR US PARENTS TOO. [LAUGHTER]>>Mike: YOU COULD DRIVE YOUR DOG NUTS.>>Jen: THIS THING IS REALLY COOL.>>Mike: MIKE, WE HAVE TO BORROW THAT PHONE.>>Mike: I WANT MY TOY BACK.>>Jen: YOU MENTIONED EARLIER YOU DON’T WANT YOUR KIDS ON SNAPCHAT BUT THEY LOVE THE FILTERS. YOU PUT THIS IN HERE AND YOU –>>SNAP YOUR PHONE IN.>>Jen: ESSENTIALLY THEY GET THE SAME KIND OF FILTERS. WE HAVE SOME PHOTOS THAT YOUR KIDS TOOK THIS WEEKEND. THEY THREW IN SOME STARS.>>AND IT AUTOMATICALLY LIFTS THEIR HEAD UP. OH, LOOK. IT AUTOMATICALLY LIFTS THEIR HEAD UP SO THAT THEY CAN GO OUTSIDE AND EXPLORE THE REAL WORLD. YEP. THERE WE GO. WE JUST GOT ONE. EXCELLENT. THAT’S PIXEL PLAY.>>Jen: ALL AGE GROUPS. I THINK MY DAUGHTER WOULD LOVE THIS. TELL ME ABOUT THIS ONE HERE. THIS IS THE CIRCUIT, WHICH I THINK MIKE IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT.>>Mike: I NEED A 3-YEAR-OLD TO TEACH ME.>>YOU USE YOUR PEN TO CREATE THE CONDUCTIVE ENERGY. MAKE SURE YOU FILL IN THE LITTLE CIRCLE AS WELL. AND GO ALL THE WAY AROUND AND WRITE YOUR NAME AND KEEP IT CONNECTED. NOW KEEP IT ALL THE W OVER AND AROUND. THEN YOU HAVE TO DO THE SAME WITH THE CIRCLES THERE. ONCE YOU PUT THE ELECTRICITY ON THERE IT SHOULD GO. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO CONNECT THAT AS WELL BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FULL CIRCUIT.>>Jen: WHILE MIKE IS DOING THAT, WE HAVE CODING TOO FOR OLDER KIDS. THEY CAN COLOR IN CONNECTIONS.>>THINK FUN IS A GREAT COMPANY THAT HAS CONTINUED TO CREATE GREAT PUZZLE GAMES AND BOARD GAMES. YOU CAN FIND THEM AT TARGET. YOU CAN FIND ONE OF THESE FOR $14. I THINK THAT’S THE PERFECT BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR ANYONE OVER THE AGE OF 8 THAT’S REALLY INTERESTED IN ACTUAL CODING.>>Jen: ALL RIGHT. WELL, WE’RE OUT OF TIME BUT MIKE’S ALMOST THERE. MAYBE WE’LL COME BACK AND GET

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