Friday 22 September 2017

Touchscreen toys top children's wish lists for Christmas

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

MULTImedia handheld computers are topping the Christmas wish list this year -- but parents will have to dig deep in order to keep their children up to speed with these latest gadgets and gizmos.

Last year it was all about talk-back toys such as Dance Star Mickey, a speaking robot for girls called Fijit and Sesame Street's Let's Rock Elmo.

But this time round it's technology ruling the must-have items.

After a dramatic rise in sales of computerised tablets for children, manufacturers are looking to cash in on the latest fads with an array of multi-functional touchscreen gadgets on the market this year.

Costing €109.99, the InnoTab 2 is the latest handheld learning device which incorporates an e-book reader and educational games all on a single compact computer.

MEEP!, Kurio and Nabi are labelled as the latest range of innovative, interactive tablets specially developed for children.

Costing €149.99 and preloaded with dozens of games, apps, e-books and music, each tablet houses touchscreen technology with a 7" screen and user interface.

However, the LEGO range and children's playsets continue to stand the test of time by making it into the top 10 list.

Topping the Smyths toystore list is a new and updated Furby, followed by 'Skylanders Giants', which retails for €49.99.

Irish Independent

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