Technology Matters-Baby Tech

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    Toy giant Mattel is looking to take on Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s Siri with it’s own voice-activated assistant.
    Mattel says “Aristotle” is different from Echo and Siri because it focuses on children from infancy to adolescence.
    Aristotle can serve as a baby monitor, telling bedtime stories and even helping older children with their homework.
    It also includes a few games and other forms of entertainment.
    Parents can also use Aristotle to order things they be running low on, such as diapers.
    Aristotle is expected to be available for purchase later this year.

    Children want to play on a computer – but parents want them to be active.
    One toy company believes this is the best of both worlds.
    Its called “Think and Learn Smart Cycle” – an exercise bike with a tablet holder in it’s handlebars.
    The Fisher-Price bike is designed for ages three-to-six…and it comes with a free learning app.
    The idea is that the young ones will learn as they’re peddling the bike, getting exercise along the way.
    The Smart Cycle comes with a 150-dollar price tag.

    One company is trying to make tooth brushing more fun for kids — by turning it into a video game.
    The gaming toothbrush is called the Playbrush.  It fits  to your manual toothbrush, connecting through Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet, turning the toothbrush into a gaming controller.
    You then use the brushing movement to play fun games and collect rewards.  Each game measuring speed and position of brushing.
    It also tracks how long junior is brushing — and parents can track the progress on an app.
    The Playbrush sells for 29-99.

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