Looking for the coolest tech toys for your kids? Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Fox 40 in Sacramento to show off the coolest tech for kids of every age. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the notes below, and be sure to check out our complete holiday gift guide.


think-learn-code-a-pillar_fisher-price2Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar (Fisher-Price)

  • Preschoolers can arrange Code-A-Pillar’s easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations to send Code-a-Pillar on his path: forward, left, right, or even wait for a couple seconds before moving again.
  • Kids can configure the segments in such a way that the Code-A-Pillar can reach targets they set up throughout the room.
  • When kids connect the segments to make Code-A-Pillar move – that’s sequencing! When they figure out a sequence that will create a path for Code-A-Pillar to reach a target, that’s programming (and problem solving, too)! It’s all coding—and it’s all fun!
  • Includes eight light-up segments, motorized head segment with lights, sounds and blinking eyes, and two targets. Additional segment add-ons sold separately.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

chip_wowwee1CHiP (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 360-degree 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

sky-rover-voice-command-drone_auldey-toys-north-america2Sky Rover Voice Command Drone (Auldey)

  • 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 “take-off” and watch as your drone changes direction and does amazing stunts like 360° flips all in response to your verbal commands.
  • With 4 individual motors that are protected by propeller guards, this Drone is perfect for all levels of flyers.
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us

mebo_skyrocketMebo (Skyrocket)

  • With endless ways to play, Mebo fosters STEM skills and creative open-ended 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.
  • See what Mebo sees with the built-in 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 two-way 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 pre-set animations like 360-degree spin, head shake and arm wave!
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $149.99
  • Available: Walmart