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Social Garbage Can Encourages Kids to Put Trash Where They Belong

Social Trash Cans

No one is truly incorrigible, including litter bugs. Sometimes, all it takes to change someone’s attitude is a little prodding and a bit of encouragement. For people who don’t really mind where they’re throwing their stuff, there’s the Social Trash Box aka STB. It’s an interactive garbage can that twists, bends, and reminds people not to litter and to throw their trash where it belongs: in the bin.

STB was developed at Toyohashi University’s Interaction and Communications Design Lab. The robot comes equipped with a microprocessor, a video camera where it spots would-be litterers, and a speaker to chide aforementioned litterers.

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Gift Alarm Catches Kids Who Peek at Presents Red-Handed

Gift Alarm

Kids sneaking around their parents’ closet is almost a tradition as we inch closer to Christmas. It’s painfully obvious if they’ve done a bit of peeking as well, since their faces already show disappointment (if they don’t like the gift) or forced excitement (if they like it) as they take their wrapped present from under the tree.

You can’t always be around to guard your closet or wherever your hiding place for presents is, but you can let the Gift Alarm do the guarding for you. It has a built-in motion sensor that detects movement near the place where the gift is. Once it does, it sounds an alarm, which will most likely send whoever is sneaking around into hiding.

Turn your Christmas tree into Fort Knox with the Gift Alarm.The whole point of wrapping gifts is so they’ll be a surprise, not so people can peel back the paper and peep. If some lookie-loo tries to approach their stack of gifts, the alarm goes into DEFCON 1 with a loud siren and flashing red light. It’s not Christmas specific, so you could also use this to protect the last piece of cake or your diary.

The Gift Alarm is available for $13.

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Glow In The Dark Starry Bed Sheet Will Delight The Kids, Maybe

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Do kids these days even care about anything that isn’t on TV or their smartphone? Like, will they even like a set of bed sheets that looks normal in the daylight, but will glow with planets and stars in the dark? We sure hope so, because we sure would have thought it was the bee’s knees back in our day and we can’t be that old. If you think there’s still hope for your little ones, you can get your own set for about $90.

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Outside the Lines: A Coloring Book for Big Kids With Big Imaginations

Adult Coloring Book

For a lot of people, life was literally more colorful when they were kids. Gone are the days when an hour of arts and crafts was squeezed in between math and science class. Or are they?

Bringing back color and whimsy into the lives of adults, big kids, and anyone with a giant imagination is Outside the Lines. It’s an artsy coloring book curated by Souris Hong-Porretta that features the work of over a hundred artists from all walks of life–from graphic and street artists to cartoonists. Each page is lined with intricate artwork that’s just waiting for you to add some color to it.

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Superhero Backpacks Let Kids Take Flight at School

Superhero backpack I used to be one of those kids who would cry when it was time to go back to school. Not my proudest moments, I know. For whatever reason, some kids just don’t like going to school and it’s up to their parents to find a way to motivate them and make them understand that it’s for their own good–and for their future. After all, school is their gateway to a world of knowledge, where they can let their imagination and creativity take flight as they grow and learn.

Driving that point across are super moms Daphne and Rena, who created the SuperME backpack. Each one features generic designs and doesn’t feature any commercial characters. The best part? Each SuperME backpack comes with a hoodie cape, which might come in handy in bad weather.

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Eight-Year-Old Spends $6,000 on In-App Purchases–Now See Why You Should Keep Your Phone Away From Kids?

Girl Spends 6K on Apple Apps

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t leave a kid alone with your phone. For one, they might delete messages or important emails without your knowledge. That could spell a lot of trouble for you, especially if they have to do with work. Another reason is that they often tap buttons they shouldn’t and end up making purchases that they haven’t cleared with you. This has happened to so many people all over the world, and yet parents still leave their kids with their devices.

Another case is that of Lee Neale and his eight-year-old daughter, who spend over £4,000 (about $6,000) on in-app purchases. Apparently, his daughter had seen him key in his password to purchase stuff and memorized it, keying it in later on when she made her own purchases.

Lee pleaded with Apple to cancel the purchases, but the former didn’t relent at first, and understandably so. It was only when Lee went to the media with his story that Apple granted him a refund. Continue Reading

This Shirt Turns Your Back Into a Playmat For Your Kids

Playmat T-Shirts For Parents

Now you can get some much-needed R&R during your kids playtime thanks to these awesome playmat t-shirts by Etsy seller Becky. They’re basic tees at first glance, but there’s a colorful railroad printed at the back that can double as a playmat for your kids. Just break out the toy box, pass around the toy cars, trucks, and action figures, and lie face down on a soft and comfortable surface. Preferably your bed.

The cars or trains going around the tracks on the playmat-slash-shirt will give you a gentle massage, and hopefully, it’s enough to keep your kids pre-occupied until dinner time.

They’re available online for $22 each.

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1stfone Is A Cellphone For Kids… Really Young Kids

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How soon is too soon to give your child an iPhone? I say that as long as they’re under 18, they shouldn’t have one. But what do I know, I’m a cranky old fart. That said, you wouldn’t give a 5 year old a $700 smartphone, would you? But it still would make some sort of sense to give him the ability to call home on his sleepovers, or whatever the heck 5 year olds do when they’re away from you. That’s what the ’1stfone’ is for. It’s a dead simple handset which comes preprogrammed with 4 numbers, plus 999. That’s the emergency phone number in the UK, as this is unfortunately UK-only (and Northern Ireland, sorry). The child can easily press any of the four numbers, or answer a call if you wish to get in touch with him. And that’s all he can do with it. There’s no keypad for him to start making long distance calls, or touchscreen to play games, or anything; any change in the preprogrammed numbers requires calling customer service.

It’s a smart device that targets a neglected demographic and we sort of hope they succeed. It’s between £55 and £70 for the handset (depending on whether you choose Pay-As-You-Go or a Monthly plan) and plans start at £7.50 per month.

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Awesome Smart PJs Will Read Bedtime Stories to Your Kids

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Pajamas don’t get any smarter than this. The aptly-named Smart PJs not only provide warmth and comfort, but they’ll also read your kids a bedtime story. Those patterns might just look like dots to you, but they’re more than just some design the pajamas’ makers decided to go with. Instead, they’re actually QR codes in disguise that’ll make your smartphone read a bedtime story or two to your child once you scan them.

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