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Tech Toy of the Year 2018

LEGO BOOST

Awards Winner
Lego’s seen the future of brick-based play and it’s all about getting your tech involved. Think: Bluetooth blocks, encoded motors, buttons and more, all of which can be used by kids (and adults) to craft seriously clever creations, controlled through a tablet. Boost’s Creative Toolbox lets builders make a full five models, before tinkering with inputs to their heart’s content. What’s more, the app uses straightforward icons for coding - so you can put down that HTML5 beginner’s book. While we wouldn’t recommend taking it up to altitude, the Boost kit certainly isn’t short of sensors: detect colour, distance and tilt, as well as an interactive motor. It’s got plenty of game!

The runners-up

Anki Vector

It may be quite expensive for where it’s at currently in terms of content, but if you’re after an adorable robot friend who knows your name and will tell you whether it's raining, then look no further.

Ryze Tello

The Ryze Tello is for anyone who likes the idea of flying a drone, but isn’t willing to lump up the big bucks just yet. The most fun drone ever? That might be a bit of a stretch, but you’ll have a hell of a time with it.

Lego Batmobile

Lego and Batman go together like macaroni and cheese. Enter, the brickified Batmobile that can be driven using a smartphone via a customisable iOS or Android app. A tasty treat for Lego-heads, this.