The art of robotics
An educational toy that develops kids’ creative and technological abilities, Artie 3000 is a cute battery-powered robot that draws physical pictures. He wheels around on paper, drawing geometric designs according to code that children create using a custom interface on a connected tablet or computer.
Ages: Seven to 15
When social distancing began, sales of jigsaw puzzles surged – even before Prime Minister Scott Morrison described them as “absolutely essential”. However, once all their pieces are in place, the pleasant distraction ends. Except with Jigpix, the next-generation jigsaw puzzle that can be configured to recreate a theoretically infinite number of portrait photos.
It comprises 884 interlocking cardboard pieces that, unlike traditional jigsaws, are of identical size and shape, and the undersides are numbered and coloured. Numeric and colour-coded ‘DNA’ is provided to create the puzzle’s perfect primary image of a tiger. Then it’s up to users for whose face is next, from siblings and friends to pets. An app turns each photo on your device into fresh ‘DNA’ that’s followed to create (somewhat blurry) mosaic pictures.
Keep watch, anywhere, any time
You can’t be with kids 24/7, especially if they spend time with another parent or you’re unable to work from home. Stay connected using junior smartwatches such as Moochies, which was inspired by a Gold Coast mum’s anxiety about her young daughter’s fondness for playfully running off.
Designed for younger children, they are like mini-mobiles with GPS tracking. So you can stay in touch with messaging, voice and video calls, monitor the wearer’s location, create ‘safe zones’ so you’re alerted if they stray beyond them, and there’s an SOS button for kids in distress. Robust, waterproof Moochies’ other features include class mode, alarms and swappable straps.
Ages: Three to 12