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Tech toys at toy fair 2013

NEW YORK — A personable robot, a kids' telescope, and wooden spacecraft models were among the thousands of new toys unveiled here this year at Toy Fair, an annual showcase of the latest and greatest products for the young, and young at heart.
Shindiri Studio on September 28, 2013 - 1:10 am in Expo

The sleek wooden design of these five new spacecraft models will please space enthusiasts as well as kids. Each figure represents a real satellite, including two capsules made by NASA.

Of all the robots showing off their skills at Toy Fair this year, Romo won our hearts with its combination of personality and robotics innovation. The roving robot displays a wide array of engaging expressions on any iPhone screen plugged into its base. It can be controlled from a nearby iPad, or even super-remotely from, say, Grandma halfway around the world connecting via a laptop. The robot can follow you around the house, play games, and even back up if you get too close.

Any fan of the long-running “Doctor Who” television series would want to command a 12-inch model of the show’s robotic dog and extraterrestrial cyborg. These new remote-controlled toys would make great household “pets” or desk companions, bringing popular science fiction characters to “life” in the real world.

This telescope is part of a new line aimed at girls that haven’t yet discovered a love of science. The beginner’s scope has the power to magnify objects in the sky up to 90 times, and comes with a special filter to reduce the glare from a full moon. A 22-page journal packaged with the instrument offers kids a host of experiments and suggested targets for their scope, such as the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn, with examples of what those heavenly objects will look like through the lens.

Kids can be chemists when they create their own markers in this new kit from Crayola.
Pin It Kids can be chemists when they create their own markers in this new kit from Crayola.
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Kids can be chemists by creating their own Crayola markers in any color they like. This kit comes with dye for the three primary colors, and instructions for how to combine drops to create all the colors of the rainbow. Kids use their custom dye mixes as the cores of new markers they can assemble, complete with blank labels waiting for names for the new colors. Not only do kids learn color theory, but they get a sneak peek into how these popular art tools are made.

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