Buying Christmas presents for children can be quite a task, especially when considering whether the child would use them for a long period or forget about them after a few days.
This season, Tech Times takes a look at some of the best gadget gifts to give those tech-savvy children. A word of caution: this selection will also have adults amazed!
Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid
The Star Wars-themed BB-8 app-enabled Droid from Sphero is a must-have on any child's Christmas wish list. This goofy little robot has an "adaptive personality" that changes as the child plays with it. The interactions determine the robot's expressions. It's a great companion that can be guided through a tablet or smartphone.
The BB-8 is currently priced at $149.95 on Amazon.
Osmo Gaming System for iPad
The perfect accessory to gift a child who has an iPad, the Osmo gaming system basically converts real-world 3D objects into digitized games. It encourages creativity. Now, Osmo packs in a functionality that lets one draw perfect images all the time, thanks to its mirror tracing techniques.
The Osmo gaming system for iPad sells for $79.99.
PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane
Suitable for children over 14 years old, the PowerUp 3.0 takes paper airplanes to another level. The PowerUp 3.0 can be piloted through a remote control. Kids can adjust the speed of the rudder and propeller via Bluetooth on an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.
The PowerUp 3.0 will not have you breaking the bank either since it costs just $49.99.
Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS Personal Robot
Imagine owning a 4-foot-tall personal robot. Imagine all the wonderful things it can do. Now, imagine your child's glee when you gift them the Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS personal robot, which is possibly as tall as they are!
What if this personal robot could respond to instructions and mimic the kid? That's exactly what the Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS is capable of and more! The robot has LED eyes, a brain and 10 motors. It is compatible with an iOS or Android app, but it is better to teach it things through direct manipulation.
A tad steep and time consuming to build, the MeccaNoid would typically set you back by $399 but it is currently on sale at Amazon and can be had for $247 instead.
Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit
Who doesn't like car racing, especially if it involves supercars and battles? The Anki OVERDRIVE is an amalgamation of Mario Kart and Scalextric where one can control cars through an iOS or Android device.
Players can race each other on the tracks, which can accommodate a maximum of four cars at one go. The tracks can also be fitted to create varied racing layouts.
The starter kit usually costs $149.99, but is now available for $119.99.
This is a great gift for the Minecraft-loving kid. The Gameband saves the Minecraft Worlds and backs them up to cloud for safety and accessibility anywhere. Kids can customize their bands as well with images and animation.
The Minecraft Gameband costs $49.99 and is available in small and large sizes.
Kidz Gear Headphones
These wired headphones are of great quality, and the multiple attractive color options will be a hit with any child. The Kidz Gear Headphones are not only sturdy but also adjustable. They also have a maximum volume limit so no damaging the ears!
The Kidz Gear Wired Headphones are priced at $19.99.
Editor's Note: Story updated Dec. 21 to reflect manufacturer's corrected price on the Minecraft Gameband.