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Issue 06/2018

Keeping kids safe

International Standards help parents navigate the dangers of smart toys

With the holidays approaching, many parents have entered the mad rush to find the perfect gift for their offspring. And, as a stroll through the toy section of any department store demonstrates, the choice is unlimited.

2015
Issue 09/2015

Smart toys for clever kids

Sensors animate toy robots in innovative ways for playing and learning

Over the centuries, toys have evolved from dolls of stone, terracotta, wax or wood depicting humans, to today’s animated toy robots which can walk, jump, roll, spin, flip, kick, pick up objects, dance, talk and respond to certain voice commands. Unlike the doll that repeated a few simple phrases with the pull of a cord, or the wind-up robot that shuffled across the floor until it ran down, these modern toys are sophisticated and require more active users.