Top 12 Tech Toys for 2016

It is Holiday shopping season! Don’t believe me? Well, when the big box stores already start their Holiday layaway programs, you know it is time to get ready for the holidays!
So, are you wondering what are the hot toys for 2016? What are the best Tech toys for 2016? The coolest STEM for the season? What to get your toys are best for toddlers or teens? What will be the most popular toys for Christmas? Then you have come to the right place!
Top Tech Toys 2016
As a The Toy Insider Parent, I got a sneak peek at what the industry thinks is going to be the hottest toys. After looking at thousands of toys on the market for decades, The Toy Insider knows what will be the holiday drivers for 2016 and here are your lists. Print it out and get shopping because some of these toys will probably be sold out soon! (Note, images and Amazon hyperlinks are affiliate.)
Here are the top picks for Tech toys. These toys definitely require batteries or wall outlets, but they offer amazing play value and have also been picked because they show the amazing technological advancements in Toys! So take a look, and don’t forget to see the 20 Hot Toys and the Top 10 STEM Toys for 2016 too!
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Top Tech Toys 2016!

1. Air Hogs Helix Sentinel Drone (Spin Master)

  • The Air Hogs Helix Sentinel is a first­person view video drone that allows kids to connect multiple devices to stream live video.
  • The built­in high­speed camera allows kids to capture fast moving objects, which they can store on the included 4GB memory card.
  • The FPV goggles give kids the chance to see things from the drone’s perspective and the carry case makes sure kids can easily bring it with them to any destination.
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Available: Amazon

2. Barbie Hello Dreamhouse (Mattel)

(See my video demo here.)

  • Go high­tech with the world’s first smart dollhouse ­ Barbie Hello Dreamhouse! This two­story home has innovative features designed for a modern girl and reflective of the next wave of innovation in the home.
  • Floor sensors recognize where Barbie and her friends are in the house. Embedded speech recognition allows you to control elements of the house, including the slide and
    elevator. An accompanying app allows further customization.
  • Through a combination of voice commands and embedded switches, kids can
    imagine, customize, and control their house play.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $299.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us

3. BOSEbuild Speaker Cube (Bose)

  • The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube uses high­quality parts and materials for durability. It’s easy to build, too. Its instructions involve discovery and education – from how a simple magnet and coil make sound, to how a speaker reproduces music.
  • The coaching is delivered through a free companion app that combines step­by­step guidance with
    hands­on interaction, confirming success along the way until the Speaker
    Cube is fully assembled.
  • Kids can add colored LED lights and silhouette covers, for a completely
    customized speaker.
  • The Speaker Cube pairs to any smartphone or tablet, so kids can stream their
    favorite songs in an instant.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $149.00
  • Available: Amazon,

4. CHiP (WowWee)

  • CHiP (Canine Home Intelligent Pet) is the ultimate AI Robotic Dog.
  • CHiP recognizes its master and responds to commands using the included SmartBand, a sleek, rechargeable wearable controller. CHiP also responds to hand gestures and voice commands.
  • CHiP plays fetch and fun games with his SmartBall, interacting in all the ways a real dog would… Roll his ball and he’ll bring it back to you, or play soccer with him. Pick up his front legs and he’ll dance with you. Rub your nose against his and he’ll nuzzle right back.
  • After a day of endless fun, CHiP knows it’s time to head to its special SmartBed and recharge. With a 360­degree system of
    play that’s physical, digital and tactile, plus an intuitive, evolving app, CHiP is a
    welcome addition to today’s connected home and fun for all ages.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Best Buy

5. CodeGamer (Thames & Kosmos)

  • This kit introduces kids to programming in a fun, step­by­step way. An Arduino­compatible gamepad connects wirelessly to a tablet.
  • Using the gamepad and four interchangeable sensor modules, kids play through a video game app.
  • In each level of the game, kids can learn a piece of the Arduino programming
    language and how to use it in order to solve puzzles and challenges and move
    forward in the game. In this way, kids progressively learn the basics of coding.
  • Kids will learn to write programs on their computer using the four sensors and
    invent new applications.
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $149.95
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Barnes & Noble, Amazon

6. Kurio Watch (KD Group)

  • This Bluetooth smartwatch is made specifically for kids and features a sleek, modern design with smooth rounded edges, an adjustable soft silicone band, and a responsive touchscreen with excellent resolution.
  • Features an alarm, calculator, music and video players, front­facing camera, activity tracker, and mini games that detect precise wrist movement thanks to its
    built­in accelerometer.
  • Kids can also message friends and family via other Kurio or Android devices, all
    within a safe distance using Bluetooth technology.
  • When connected to a parent’s smartphone, Kurio Watch also becomes a
    hands­free way for kids to take phone calls.
  • Parents can also enter vital ICE (In Case of Emergency) information, including
    blood type, any allergies and an emergency contact.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Amazon

7. LUMI (WowWee)

  • LUMI provides exciting drone action while taking some of the fuss out of flying an indoor quadcopter. LUMI can literally fly itself while kids play, direct and command it using the app.
  • With a smartphone or tablet, kids can select one­touch stunts, follow­me mode, or simply take control and fly LUMI with ease, while obstacle avoidance technology helps LUMI avoid your walls and furniture.
  • Various single and multi­player game modes include challenging the player to follow sequences of flashing lights while LUMI flies and dances in the air, reacting to your performance.
  • Players can choreograph a series of flight moves and play them back to music selected from their music library and also save and share their programmed airshow with other LUMI users.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $79.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart

8. Mebo (Skyrocket)

  • With endless ways to play, Mebo fosters STEM skills and creative open­ended play.
  • Control Mebo through an intuitive, free to play app for iOS and Android devices. Drive Mebo anywhere in the house to pick up snacks, spy on people, or even have conversations with them.
  • See what Mebo sees with the built­in POV camera, which streams live in HD. Lift and move items precisely with Mebo’s articulated arm and gripping claw.
  • Speak through Mebo with the two­way audio and microphone, listen in on others, or even play music.
  • Six wheels let Mebo turn on a dime, and go anywhere as directed. Connect directly to Mebo’s hotspot to access Mebo remotely.
  • Bring Mebo’s personality to life with a custom sequence designed from pre­set animations like 360­degree spin, head shake and arm wave!
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $149.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Amazon

9. Meccano Meccasaur (Spin Master)

  • Meccasaur is an interactive 3­foot long dinosaur that kids build and program using metal and space­age plastic pieces.
  • Use Room Guard mode to protect your stuff. If Meccasaur notices any sounds or change in light, he’ll charge at the intruder while roaring.
  • Meccasaur responds to petting, answers yes/no to questions, and stomps around.
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Target

10. Sky Rover Voice Command Drone (Auldey Toys North America)

  • Super cool Drone with innovative, easy to use Voice Command technology! ● The Voice Command Drone from
    Sky Rover responds to 12 commands when spoken through the included headset.
  • Simply say “take­off” and watch as your drone changes direction and does amazing stunts like 360° flips all in response to your verbal commands.
  • With four individual motors that are protected by propeller guards, this
    drone is perfect for all levels of flyers.
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us

11. Sky Rocket Viper Hover Racer (Skyrocket)

  • The Hover Racer combines drone racing with video game battling.
  • This one­of­a­kind racing drone flies 20 mph while hovering 3 feet off the ground, and offers a huge variety of gameplay for up to four players.
  • Using the free­to­play app and infrared beacons, players race and battle in a course of their own design.
  • As players improve, they can unlock stronger weapons, and increased performance, to gain the edge in multi­player racing and dogfight battling.
  • Ages: 12+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Target, Toys “R” Us, Amazon

12. Zoomer Chimp (Spin Master)

  • With lifelike movements and realistic chimp sounds, Zoomer chimp is the closest kids can get to having their own chimp.
  • Zoomer Chimp can follow you, stand up on his own, and recognize commands through his voice recognition technology.
  • He loves to perform tricks – using voice commands like: “Stand,” “Sit,” “Go Bananas,” “Do a flip,” and more.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $119.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Kmart, Toys “R” Us

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