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Sometimes You Don’t Need Batteries. Other Times, You Definitely Do.

Here’s some of the latest in family tech.

VR Real Feel Racing

VR racing headsetNow you can get the full virtual-reality experience of car racing without having to leave the comfort of your living room. The app itself is a lot of fun for both kids and adults who like racing games. But what’s especially cool about Real Feel Racing is that in addition to the very-comfortable headset, you also get a steering wheel. Most other VR racing setups have you tilt your head to steer. That’s fun, but you don’t have any control over acceleration or braking. With Real Feel, you control both with the steering wheel. Plus, the Max Force Feedback lets you feel the vibrations when you crash or bump into other cars. Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included). Available for about $30 on www.amazon.com

G3s GamePad (GameSir)

gamesir gamepadThis is a multi-platform, portable game controller that’s compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and Playstation 3. It runs on rechargeable batteries and has an impressive 18 hours of game time per charge—plus an automatic sleep mode and a power saver, to extend that battery life even further. It features double-shock vibration, which lets you feel every hit and explosion, so you can really get into your games. The G3s is great for travel and connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. But if you want to use it with a PS3, you’ll need a wired connection. Great for gamers of any age. About $30 o www.amazon.com

Universal Multi-Charging Station (DOK)

DOK multi chargingIf you and your family are always running out of outlets or places to plug in your stuff (and who isn’t, these days?), this handy piece of equipment comes with everything you need to charge five devices at once: smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, MP3 players, or pretty much anything that uses a USB cable for charging. And to reduce your downtime, you can answer calls hands-free and listen to music on the six-watt Bluetooth speaker while you’re charging. It’s pretty compact, so it’ll be easy to find a place to put it, and you’ll spare yourself the eyesore (and tripping hazard) of a million cords and wires running all over the place. About $79.99 at www.amazon.com or https://www.easy-doks.com

Sprocket Photo Printer (HP)

hp sprocket photo printerThis pocket-sized printer expands the meaning of the phrase “print anywhere.” You can actually print directly from your smart phone or social media website. You can even print on sticky paper, so you can create sticker photos. Just open the top, load the paper of your choice, and you’re good to go. It’s lightweight and portable, which makes it an easy take-along for baby showers, birthday parties, and just about any other event. Need more features? Well, you can also edit, use filters, crop, or add emojis to your photos with just a few clicks. You can print about 30 photos on a charge and it takes about an hour to recharge. Retails for about $130 at major retailers or http://store.hp.com

NuTouch Gloves (NewerTech)

nutech glovesSince it’s still winter and using your smart devices in the cold can be somewhat less than comfortable, these gloves are quite handy, because you don’t have to take them off to do your swiping and clicking (although you will need to take them off if you need a fingerprint to sign into your device). NuTouch gloves are thin and easy to keep in your purse or coat pocket. They come in three sizes and retail for $20 at www.newertech.com

Parents@Play Holiday Gift Guide, Number 2

In case you hadn’t noticed (a nearly impossible feat), the end of the year, with all its associated shopping madness, is closing in. So, without further ado, here are a few more of our year-end faves.

newertech LED LampNuGreen LED Desk Lamp (NewerTech)
Since the sun goes down long before most kids get their homework done, they definitely need a good reading light. The NuGreen LED lamp is among the brightest (not to mention the sleekest and most stylish) we’ve seen. It uses 50 LEDs to produce light that’s similar to natural daylight—without generating any heat. The lamp’s flexible neck makes it easy to position the beam, and all it takes is a gentle finger touch to turn it on or off. Those LEDs draw only 3.6 watts and last up to 45,000 hours (22 times longer than traditional lightbulbs), which makes the NuGreen easy on the wallet. $49.00. http://www.newertech.com/

newertech Power2U OutletPower2U outlet (NewerTech)
Doesn’t it sometimes seem that you have more electronic devices and things to be charged than places to plug them in? Problem solved. Power2U has two traditional outlets and two USB ports, which should put an end to (or at least reduce) the number of fights over charging rights. Power2U may also help reduce your electric bill. Anything plugged into the wall—even if it’s not being used—draws a tiny bit of power (called “vampire energy draw”). Here, the USB ports are completely turned off until something is plugged in. It’s easy to install and complies with current building codes. $24.99. http://www.newertech.com/


oregon scientific Smart AnatomySmart Anatomy (Oregon Scientific)
A wonderful way for kids to learn about the human body. The main features of this kit (named Alex) are the 16 detachable body parts and the talking Smart Pen. Touch the pen to any body part and you’ll hear the names of organs and systems, how they function, sounds they make (heartbeats, etc.), weird facts, kid-friendly advice on health and nutrition, and more. Kids can also play games and conduct experiments. Great for home, school, or both. Comes with a 16-page booklet and large poster. Ages 5+. $79.99. www.oregonscientific.com

animal planet yeti playsetYeti Playset (Animal Planet)
Do the folks at Animal Planet know something we don’t? Their toys usually feature actual animals. This one, however, let’s you make up your own mind about whether one of the world’s most elusive creatures is myth or reality. Comes with a nicely articulated Yeti character, chunks of “ice” that Yeti throws, a human character (who doesn’t stand a chance against the big fella), ice cave, snowmobile, and some “fish,” which are either food for the human or Yeti bait. For ages 3+. Under $25. http://www.animalplanet.com/

zoombinisZoombinis Logical Journey (TERC, FableVision Studios and Learning Game Network)
This is, without a doubt, the most entertaining educational video game we’ve ever seen. Armin and his older kids spent hours with this game back in the 1990s and loved it. Sadly, when child number three arrived, the game was out of print and Armin’s his new computers weren’t backwards-compatible enough to run the old discs. Fortunately, those adorable little blue creatures, each with a distinct personality and features, are back—and looking almost exactly like their 20th century ancestors. The goal is simple: help the Zoombinis escape their evil captors and make their way home to Zoombiniville. To do that, you have to guide them through a series of increasingly difficult challenges that require logic, data analysis, deductive reasoning, pattern recognition, hypothesis testing, and more. It’s simply not possible to have more fun than playing with Zoombinis. Ages 6+. For Mac and PC ($9.99), Kindle Fire ($4.99), and as an iOS/Android app.