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High-Tech Board Games and Toys for Kids: Episode as seen on Cityline – October 29, 2012.
As always, you can re-watch previous episodes of Cityline on Citytv.com, or via the Citytv Video iPad/iPhone app! Cityline airs 9 a.m./3 p.m. ET on Citytv in Toronto. Check Citytv.com for air times in your city.
MONOPOLY ZAPPED Edition
MONOPOLY Electronic Banking
ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS JENGA DEATH STAR Game
Toys R Us
The Game of Life – Zapped
Operation – Reinvented
Crayola Marker AirBrush
BARBIE Photo Fashion Doll
APPTIVITY – Batman, Hot Wheels, Angry Birds, WWE
FISHER PRICE Laugh & Learn Apptivity Monkey
The App Store is booming with fun and creative apps, ideal for keeping your kids entertained for hours. With Halloween just a few weeks away, here are a few apps for you to load on your smartphone to get your family in the Halloween spirit!
Scrap It: Halloween HD – FREE
Scrap It: Halloween HD is a free app, allowing you to upload photos and create a Halloween-themed e-scrapbook. You can pick through hundreds of photo effects and choose from stickers, text fonts, and a variety of themed background images. Once you’re finished, you can preview your scrapbook as an image slideshow, or even upload it online to share with friends and family.
Halloween Card Creator – FREE
Halloween Card Creator allows you to create fun and spooky Halloween cards to share with your friends and family. Cards are easily customizable with fun graphics and background, and you can publish the final product online. For $0.99, you can upgrade the free version to include more clip art options.
Scary Sounds – FREE
Scary Sounds, a free app, lets you create your own haunted house of horror! You can choose from a sound bank of scary sounds, or even create a combination of sounds to loop. Sounds include growling, laugh, howl, screech, wicked witch laugh, and wolves howling. Attach your smartphone to a speaker, and create a spooky ambiance for your next Halloween party.
Carve a Pumpkin from Parents Magazine – FREE
Carve a Pumpkin allows your kids who want to try out carving a pumpkin before attempting the real thing. Your kids are able to pick from a library of crazy eye, nose, and mouth shapes, or you can carve your own jack-o-lantern. It’s fun, interactive, and easy to use. Once your kid has finished, they can add their own message and share their creation online.
Great Halloween Recipes – $0.99
Great Halloween Recipes allows party hosts to discover new and tasty recipes to help you make the most of the Halloween theme. You can find many interesting treat ideas including appetizers, main entrees, mocktails, and dessert ideas.
Great Halloween iBooks
Franklin’s Halloween – iBooks ($5.99)
Franklin and his friends are excited about the upcoming Halloween costume party. With tricks and treats, and a flying ghost, Franklin and his friends enjoy a night of mystery fun.
The Little Engine That Could Throw a Halloween Jamboree! – iBookstore($0.99)
The Little Engine That Could celebrates Halloween by throwing a jamboree full of fun games and contents.
Disney Princess: Sweet and Spooky Halloween – iBookstore ($3.99)
It’s Halloween and the Disney Princesses are celebrating this sweet and spooky season. Cinderella carves pumpkins, Ariel dresses up in costume, and Belle explores the creepy corners of the Beast’s castle.
Count Dagmar – iBookstore ($6.99)
Help Count Dagmar, a vegetarian vampire, get ready for his party. Count fuzzy bats, silly monsters, and friendly ghosts in this delightfully wacky and sweet interactive book.
Five Little Pumpkins – iBookstore ($5.99)
Light up pumpkins, watch ghosts fly, and discover hidden animations on every page. Toddlers enjoy the rhythmic story and vibrant illustrations.
What apps do you have on your smartphone to get you in the Halloween spirit? Share them in the comments below!
Here’s my list of must-have gadgets to ensure your kids and guests stay entertained, be it in your backyard or at the cottage. For more detailed information, as well as a demonstration, watch the full segment below.
1) Pool Jam Waterproof iPod Ready Wireless Speaker Set – $79.95
Break the pool silence with a speaker to get everyone rockin’ and rollin’. It is a floating waterproof speaker, featuring a blue mood light for night-time swims, and a powerful speaker worthy of some serious wet-and-wild fun!
You can adjust the volume on the speaker itself while in the swimming pool and the iPod speaker has an innovative scan system that will automatically lock onto the strongest signal. The end result, your tunes stay clear and static-free up to 150 feet away!
Simply connect your iPod, stereo, MP3 player, or any other audio source using a standard 3.5mm or RCA output to the wireless transmitter base. Press play, and kick your party into high gear! The volume can be controlled on the speaker itself while you swim in the pool, songs will play in order of your song playlist.
2) Sony DSC-TX20 – $399.99
Whether you’re going for a walk in the park, or going to the lake, you can use this Sony camera with confidence. The Sony DSC-TX20 digital camera is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, and definitely slim enough to slip into your pocket. This tough-and-tiny camera can handle the elements of an active lifestyle.
The camera comes equipped with a 16.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, and a full HD 1080i video camcorder. You can shoot up to 10 frames per second (fps) so a moment is never missed. Then, you can playback your memories via the camera’s large 3.0″ touchscreen Xtra Fine LCD.
3) Toshiba CAMILEO BW10 – $149.99
As Toshiba says, “Weatherproof your digital experience. Designed with active lifestyles in mind, the new Toshiba CAMILEO BW10 is ready for whatever life throws at you.”
This camera is ideal whether you’re out snorkeling in the Caribbean this summer, or rumbling down the ski hills this winter! No matter where you are, this multi-purpose camcorder will protect itself from all types of weather conditions; not to mention its HD capability. The camera is waterproof up to two meters and it comes equipped with video stabilization and 10x digital zoom, just so your viewers don’t become queasy!
4) GoPro Hero HD – $199.99
This high definition video camera is small and wearable, keeping your hands free while living your active lifestyle – be it mountain biking, surfing, or parachuting.
The camera helps people capture and share their lives’ most meaningful experiences with others. GoPro’s HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras is used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals than any other camera in the world.
You can shoot video in multiple resolutions, so whether it’s in your backyard swimming pool, or ATV riding in the country, you’ll have the best possible quality video.
- 1080p = 1920×1080 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 15 mbit/s data rate
- 960p = 1280×960 pixels (4:3), 30 fps, 12 mbit/s data rate
- 720p = 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 15 mbit/s data rate
- 720p = 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 8 mbit/s data rate
- WVGA = 848×480 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 8 mbit/s data rate
5) Schwinn Tango 20-in Folding Hybrid Bike – $199.99
This bicycle is no ordinary one at the slightest. The twenty-inch folding bike by Schwinn allows you to maintain an active lifestyle, even if you live in a small apartment or condo. The stylish, lightweight aluminum folding frame assembles easily.
Other features include:
- A 6-speed Shimano Revo shifters
- Front caliper brake and rear band brake
- Rear Shimano Tourney derailleur
- Includes fenders and rear rack
- 20″ (51 cm) tires, 16″ (41 cm) frame
6) MOTOACTV 8GB – $249.99
MOTOACTV is Motorola’s cutting-edge GPS fitness tracker. It comes with a heart rate monitor, smart MP3 player, and best of all – it is sweat proof. MOTOACTV comes with Accusense technology that tracks your running, cycling, and walking data. It publishes your distance, speed, calories burned, and heart rate on the web, via your MOTOACTV Training Portal.
MOTOACTV comes with the following features that will appeal to your fitness goals:
- The audio coach helps keep you moving and grooving on your walk, run and ride with updates on your pace, split times and more.
- The 1.6” full-colour touch-screen display is sweat-proof, rain-resistant and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass that auto-adjusts for indoor and outdoor lighting and can withstand all workout condition.
- 8GB of storage for endless playlists and FM radio capabilities just in case your playlist gets tired before you do.
Are there any gadgets that you can’t live without throughout the summer? Have your say! Drop us a line in the comments below.
[With files from Homewetbar.com, Sony, Toshiba, GoPro, Schwinn, and Motorola]