We know how gadgets have always been a dilemma for parents because it’s difficult to strike the right balance between the benefits and risks. With kids growing up in increasingly digital environments, however, the solution is never to give up on technology but rather continue to find the best ones out there for them. If you’re a mom who loves going out with your child to play you’ll be excited to discover new wearable gadgets or “wearables” that you can now find on the consumer market.
Wearables have been around for a while, and some have been developed with kids in mind. It’s certainly possible to find wearables that help moms keep track of their kids, which free them up from worrying a little too much. There are also wearables which focus on kids’ fitness, which is like much of what adults use this technology for.
In these examples, utility trumps fun. But children want it the other way around, according to this article on Forbes, and for good reason. Surrounded by technology from infancy, they adapt sooner to technology and are introduced to the world of gadgets. They are, after all, the generation that will continue to live more intimately with it and shape it in the years to come.
It used to be that the line between indoors and outdoors marked the same between gadgets and physical play. In a blog post by Tootsa they point out the need for playgrounds to step up, in order to keep up with the excitement that video games, iPad apps, the internet, and TV present to children. In this situation, exciting wearable tech for kids is good news.
Wearables that encourage movement
At first glance, the Mover Kit from the company Technology Will Save Us, looks like a retro toy from the 90s. It’s fitted with colorful lights and responds to the child’s movement, encouraging them to be more active.
Beyond this, however, the Mover Kit lets kids make their own rules. In a fun way, it introduces them to programming and basic lessons about electronics and complex problem-solving skills.
Wearables for learning
Toys that kids can chat to are surprisingly common nowadays. The GreenDino, a small plastic toy dinosaur featured in this list by Wareable, takes this leap further. Powered by IBM’s Watson supercomputer, this particular wearable is fitted with AI. This AI can teach kids at an early age to count and spell. It can even make them laugh with its knock-knock jokes.
A wearable that takes them places, while they’re there with you!
Speedy innovations are taking place in the field of Virtual Reality, enabling children to explore worlds different from their own. Google’s VR viewer called the Cardboard is targeted at children according to CNet.
Soon, a kit called “Expeditions” will be available in schools. It includes pairs of foldable goggles and other techy stuff. Expeditions lets teachers bring their class to different places in full panoramic 3D. This cheap introduction to VR is expected to encourage even more exciting innovations in wearable tech for kids.
Exclusively written for Rockin Random Mom
by Jen’s Diary