KUSA - A robot dog named Zoomer that listens to commands. A remote controlled Lego cobra. These are some of the toys that are finalists for Toy of the Year.
We looked at both of them (www.zoomerpup.com www.lego.com) for this edition of Gadgets. "For a toy to be eligible for the Toy of the Year awards it needs to be currently sold at retail and introduced in the last two years," said Adrienne Appell of the Toy Industry Association.
Other standouts include a new Elmo doll that hugs, a Disney doll (Sofia) that talks to animals, and a bracelet making kit.
Laser Pegs Runners
It's not a Toy Of The Year Finalist, but it's fun. Laser Pegs Runners are similar to Legos; they're plastic blocks with a twist. You can light up your creation when done. www.laserpegs.com
Bubble Bomber: RC Helicopter
This RC Helicopter blasts bubbles at the push of a button.
It has a 2.4GHz wireless control for up to 100 foot distance, and includes Easy-Fly Gyro Technology that provides stability and makes flying a breeze. Six-way multi-directional flying includes up/down, forward/backward, left and right turns.
Powered by built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery & recharged via remote control. www.swann.com
Oskar Room Humidifier
Oskar is cleverly designed to complement style as well as helping to combat dry skin and congestion during the winter months. It has an integrated hygrostat to allow the humidity to be controlled by the consumer.
There is no heating element making them safe for any room and that they can add essential oils into Oskar's chamber to provide a soothing and therapeutic night's sleep. www.humidifiers.com
Grace Digital: aptX™ Bluetooth 4.0 Bookshelf Speakers
Crafted with a sleek leatherette casing, these modern, compact and lightweight Bluetooth bookshelf speakers stream room filling sound from any Bluetooth compatible device.
Engineered for in-home use with full range, CD quality audio, providing a high-quality indoor music experience. You can pair up to 8 devices via Bluetooth 4.0, with a range of 30 ft. Play/pause, skip and change volume from your mobile device, as well as access all commands with a full-featured control panel integrated into the top of the speaker.
Hobbit/Elf Themed Ocarinas
With the new movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug set for worldwide release December 13, here's something for all fans of The Lord of the Rings.
Hobbit and Elf themed ocarinas come from STL Ocarina.
With its soothing sounds and magical colors, the easy-to-play ocarina is a great stress-relieving gift. STL Ocarina produces a wide variety of these ancient-sounding, pocket-sized wind instruments including four new ones inspired by The Lord of the Rings: the 12-hole Tenor Hobbit Ocarina ) available in two colors.
The Hobbit and Elf Ocarinas come with an online instructional booklet and a Lord of the Rings songbook, while the Shield Ocarina comes with free downloads for eight tunes budding musicians can learn. You can see the full selection at www.stlocarina.com
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