The not-so-bonny babies are a bigger threat to your peace and quiet that Bin Laden has been to the world at large.
Rule of thumb - kids and peace do not co-exist. Fortunately, there’s no need to resort to ‘I spy’ or threats of naughty steps with these boredom-killing toys, accessories and AR kits for kids. There’s some tech to ease the woes of parenting as well!
KOMPANIONS KUBE: ANIMAL SAFARI (₹2499)
If you're the kind of generous/crazy parent who lets their nippers play with the tablet, this is a brilliant way of combining it with some knowledge-based creativity.
With just a little bit of strategically-folded cardboard, a mobile device, an app and a couple of those cards, it's possible to keep your kids thoroughly occupied. Don't believe us? Get yourself one of these Kube educational gameboxes and watch as your kids are enthralled for hours together.
Combining elements of AR and VR, kids get their facts right. It’s fun to watch them beam in joy as their animal buddies come to life through the AR app and the child can take a 360 degree tour of the subject. A mix of AR and VR and your 3-12 year-olds are taken care of. You can head for that cup of coffee while it’s still warm.
Though it isn’t all that gadgety, there are several elements packed in this box that aid your child to explore learning and creativity in a seamless blend of physical and digital.
WELSPUN INTERACTIVE DUVET & RUG (₹6999 each)
While the chicken and egg question remains as existentialist as ever, augmented reality isn’t. Thanks to AR, there isn’t much left for the imagination. With mobile device addiction on the rise and no means of escaping this necessary evil, Welspun has combined the growing need and demand for technology with learning, and not any normal way of learning. Their Interactive duvet cover and Jungle rug are a great way to get more interactive with your children. As the stories take shape and characters come alive, kids not only have to be quick on their feet to take the stories forward, they also have to be quick thinkers when asked to spot something while in this little AR-induced world. Now that’s a pretty rad way of ensuring your offspring isn’t becoming a total douche. Let this be a good way to tire them before bed time and tuck them in the same duvet, wishing sweet dreams about the Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and Jack and The Beanstalk!
PHILIPS SHK2000PK (₹800)
Most headphones are easily lost or broken, and not that kid-friendly. The kids’ range by Philips is designed for small heads and delicate ears. They’re strong and bendy, and come in colours that pair with your child’s mood. Though nothing else mixes well with most kids’ attention spans, music is a healthy alternative to the “We’re bored” syndrome. Just ask any parent about their drive up to the nearest weekending spot and their eyes will glaze over, as the haunting memories rear their ugly heads once again.
SAMSUNG CG SLATE PLUS (₹15,999)
Kids love tablets, and while you could just let them loose on your iPad, we’d recommend a child-focused tab such as this. For starters, you’ll feel much more comfortable leaving them alone with it.
The 7-inch Convegenius Slate runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat, and it comes loaded with NCERT curriculum-based gaming and learning processes that aids learning in the younger audience, from Lower KG up to Grade 2.
It’s a kid-friendly device in every way possible. No more cries of “Daddy! I need help!” There’s a decently tolerable mascot, Titu that guides kids through their learning journey, educating them every step of the way. You can monitor your child’s progress via SMS or email so you’re always abreast.
The tablet is affordable, the content is educational and immensely interactive, so, there’s more chance of your child actually learning more and less chance of them just spending hours on Angry Birds.
PICOSTONE BASIC AND PICOSTONE POLAR(₹11,800/₹8250)
This smart device can control just about anything. We’re not kidding you when we say it controls even the air conditioners. In fact, there’s very little that this puck of clever tech can’t control, four at a time.
All it takes is a little space on your switchboard and a quick 15-minute installation. Once the Basic is paired, you can control everything – from tubelights to fans, dimmable and non dimmable LEDs from anywhere in the world. Never again will you have to worry about wasted electricity. All it needs is a working WiFi connection and voila!
Too bad it only controls four devices, so choose wisely. This pocket-size piece of genius is real and highly efficient. You can even monitor the performance of your appliance at a quick touch.
The Polar, on the other hand, acts as a smart remote for your AC and TV. You can pre-cool a room before entering or turn off the TV in case you left home in a rush. It controls all your IR-based devices like including set-top boxes and audio systems.
Oh, ye of little faith, check ‘em out and turn your home into a smart one without spending a bomb!