Life Tech Christmas toys 2014: this year’s coolest kids’ gifts
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Christmas toys 2014: this year’s coolest kids’ gifts

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Boomer the Zoomer Dino, Funtastic, $99

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Boomer careens around wildly on two wheels responding to voice commands to dance, chase, chomp and roar. But be careful – if you step on his tail, he gets grumpy and may bite, burp or fart!

Need to know:

• Three AAA batteries required for the controller.

• Charges via a supplied USB cable.

• Ages five-and-up.

• Available at major toy stores.

My Friend Cayla doll, Vivid, $129

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Remember when a doll that could wet itself was big news?

Today technology replaces incontinence in the form of the web-browsing virtual friend, My Friend Cayla.

Fired by Google’s speech-to-text technology, the chatty Cayla responds to questions and surfs the webs for answers. She can play board games, tell kids the temperature of the sun or answer tricky homework questions – but will neatly sidestep anything inappropriate.

Need to know:

• Requires three AAA batteries.

• Ages four-and-up.

• Available at major toy stores.

The LeapFrog LeapBand, LeapFrog, $59.99

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The LeapBand is wearable tech made kid-friendly. The device is smart watch, virtual pet and personal trainer in one.

Kids are encouraged to walk like a crab, spin like a helicopter or crawl like a turtle in a range of activities designed to get them moving to unlock more games and pets.

Need to know:

• Watch is sturdy and water-resistant.

• Charge the supplied lithium battery every few days via a supplied USB cable.

LittleSings, $945

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If The Voice Kids had your youngster hankering for the stage, give them a taste of fame with LittleSings. Kids get a full studio recording experience (based in Sydney) and a CD and USB recording.

Even if kids can’t sing, they can speak the lyrics and the magic of music production will blend their voice with a backing track.

Need to know:

• Only available in Sydney.

Razor Crazy Cart, Razor, $599

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The Crazy Cart is an electric go-kart capable of sick spins, sideways drifts and speeds of up to 19km/h.

Kids pull the drift bar and the cart spins and drifts up to 360 degrees on its pneumatic front tire and anti-tip caster wheels.

Need to know:

• 12 hours of charging provides 40 minutes riding time.

• Maximum rider weight is 64kg.

• Ages nine-and-up.

• Some assembly needed.

Nerf bows, Hasbro, $42.99 – $64.99

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If The Hunger Games had your child keen to pursue a spot of archery, Nerf has a range of toy bows.

The Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow ($42.99) is clearly aimed at girls with its purple and pink colour scheme, while the less-gendered Nerf Mega Thunder Bow ($64.99) will suit all aspiring archers.

Need to know:

• The Rebelle Agent arrows whistle as they fly.

• The Thunder Bow comes with 10 darts, extras can be bought separately.

Ollie, Sphero, $149.95

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An adrenaline junkie robot controlled via phone app, Ollie can do twists, turns, jumps and tricks across all different terrains.

Lightweight and coming in a variety of different colours, it can race against other robots, humans or even family pets.

With interactive play, allowing your child to share their progress with other users, Ollie is as high-tech as a toy can get.

Need to know

• Available at Apple stores, Myer, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith and Tech2Go.

• Durable shell with built in LED lights for night use.

• App available via Apple store and Google Play.

• Sixty minutes of drive time, rechargeable, 30-metre range, moves at speeds of around 22km/h.

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