High-tech toys for a low-tech budget

December 13, 2008 1:58:11 PM PST
Here are some of the high-tech toys featured on Eyewitness News on Saturday morning:Furreal Friends Tumbles, My Rollover Pup

This puppy can't wait to show off his tricks. Tumbles has sensors located throughout his body and as kids learn what makes him nuzzle and cuddle, they'll squeal with delight. Simply scratch his tummy, and Tumbles rolls over and wiggles his body just like a real dog! Hold him close and he'll snuggle and maybe even fall asleep. No walking required, only batteries!

Approximate Retail Price: $39.99
www.hasbro.com

V.Motion Active Learning System from Vtech

This educational gaming system is designed to keep kids aged three to seven amused and motivated for hours at a time. The system hooks directly to your TV and for each game, there are two control options. Kids can pick to use the joystick as a directional controller, or they can pick to use the motion of the controller itself. This means that tipping the controller left, right, forward, or backward inspires a corresponding motion on screen, letting kids get up and move around instead of staying stationary in front of the TV. One Smartridge is included and additional Smartridges, featuring classic characters like Scooby-Doo, Thomas and Friends, and Spider-Man, are sold separately.

ARP: $69.99
www.vtech.com

Barbie iDesign Ultimate Stylist CD-ROM Game

Barbie iDesign lets girls become the "ultimate fashion stylist" through trading-card sized fashion cards that they scan into the computer. Mix and match outfits, swipe them through the USB-connected scanner and watch it appear on the screen. Create fashion shows, design magazine covers, become the ultimate designer.

$29.99
www.mattel.com

Hot Wheels Turbo Driver Controller

Connect this Hot Wheels Turbo Driver Controller to your computer and you're on the right track to fun. Boys can race, compete and play exclusive 3D games on HotWheels.com. There are eight different car-tridges which snap onto the top of the controller, and each one comes with its own attributes for racing and content.

$19.99 (Controller) & $4.99 (Car-tridge)
www.mattel.com

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera

The Kid-Tough Digital Camera is tougher and better than ever because it's waterproof, ensuring it can survive a splash from the pool or a drop in a puddle. The camera features cool new styling, a 1.5" LCD color viewing screen for instant image viewing or deletion and 1.3 Megapixel resolution. Dual handle grips, a two-eye viewfinder and Auto-flash make this a great kid's camera. The tough, rubberized outer shell helps protect it from damage if dropped or knocked around. 64MB of flash memory for storage of more than 500 pictures, and USB cable for computer connection. Requires 4 "AAA" batteries, not included.

ARP: $54.99
www.fisherprice.com

iCarly Digital Video Camera
iCarly 3-in-1 Digital Camera

Budding reporters, movie directors, and fans of the iCarly hit TV show are sure to love the iCarly Digital Video Camera. Creating, editing and uploading funny videos to iCarly.com is fun and easy using the iCarly Digital Diary Program PLUS Video and photo editing software that is included. The iCarly 3-in-1 Digital Camera is also a PC web and video camera. The unit plugs directly into the user's computer for ultra-easy photo transfer. In addition to the iCarly Digital Diary Software, and also comes with photo editing tools.

ARP $75/ $39.99
www.nickelodeon.com

EyeClops BioniCam

Make science fun! The new EyeClops BioniCam features an LCD screen, a zoom lens, and a new portability feature, which means kids can now take EyeClops on-the-go as they explore the world around them. The built-in digital camera and flash drive lets them capture images and video of their finds, and bring them home where they can upload them to a computer to be printed, emailed, posted and shared.

ARP $74.99
www.jakks.com

Wild Planet Spy Gear Night Goggles

Wild Planet Spy Gear Night Goggles let you know what's ahead of you in the darkest spots. The twin LED beams of light let you see up to 25' in the dark. These googles are impact resistant, lightweight and comfortable. Perfect for boys on a covert operation.

ARP $19.99
www.wildplanet.com

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