Americans spent almost 22 billion dollars on toys last year, and high tech toys are a growing part of that. We showed up at a local elementary school and brought along a few App Enabled Toys that turn your iPhones and iPads into much more.
These kids thought they were in for an ordinary school day, but boy were they wrong! First up, we let them get their hands on Disney’s Spotlight Karaoke. It makes your iPad something to sing about! The toy is $60 for the wired set and $100 to go wireless.
Also from Disney is Cars 2 Appmates. The special sensors on the cars let you drive through the storyline right on your iPad. Don’t worry, they won’t ruin your screen; for $20 you get a two car set.
When you’re ready to race in real life, grab your iOS device and use it as a bluetooth controller to get behind the wheel of the Silverlit Interactive Enzo Ferrari. They’re almost too fast for their own good!
These kids don’t remember Atari, but we do! Attach the $60 Atari Arcade to your iPad and forget about quarters. You can play all of your childhood favorites like Asteroids and Centipede until your thumbs hurt. This kid loved Missile Command.
Finally, our crowd favorite, the Hee-Lo TC RC Helicopter from Griffin. Snap the control deck onto your iPhone and you’re the pilot. Record your flight plan and the device flies by itself. Crashing the toy copter is ok, the device is incredibly durable, dropping the iPad however? That's a different story.
Check out all the app enabled toys I mentioned here:
Disney's Spotlight Karaoke http://store.apple.com/us/product/H6915ZM/A/disney-spotlight-digital-wireless-mic-karaoke-app
Disney Cars 2 Appmates http://store.apple.com/us/product/H6925B/A/disney-cars2-appmates