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KidzPLAY new gaming accessories for kids

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KidzPLAY is set to shake the gaming world up this Christmas as it launches with an innovative new range of gaming accessories for kids age six and upwards.  It’s the brand behind some new PlayStation 3 gaming accessories and is designed especially for small hands. It is the official kids gaming accessories partner for PS3.

The controllers have also been injected with a special microbial additive which protects against a number of harmful bacteria including MRSA and E-coli. This should strike a chord with parents. They are actually the first gaming controllers made to contain this germ fighting additive.

The new controllers are quite unique as they have been ergonomically designed with small hands in mind. To ensure they got the design just right, Sony did extensive research which included rigorous focus group testing where adults played with giant controllers to decipher where the pressure points are in gaming controllers that are too large for small hands.

The Wireless Adventure Game Pad will head up the launch of the new KidzPLAY range, and is fully compatible with the numerous Playstation 3 games currently on the market and suitable for families.

KidzPLAY will be available from Game, Very, Littlewoods, Amazon and other gaming and toy retailers from October 2013.

Price  – The Wireless Adventure Game Pad retails at £29.99

 

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New Etymotic ETY Kids safe headphones for kids

Today’s tech-connected kids live in a high-definition world. They are bombarded by sound from music players, game consoles, tablets and in-vehicle entertainment systems. Studies show that overexposure to loud sounds leads to hearing damage seen later in life. Parents can take steps to help their kids hear for a lifetime with Etymotic’s ETY·Kids™ Safe-Listening Earphones for Apple products. The ETY·Kids3 headset features three-button control and a mic designed for use with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Sound heard through ETY·Kids earphones will not exceed safe levels, so parents can rest easy. Even at the maximum volume setting on portable players, kids can listen safely for up to four hours per day. ETY·Kids earphones also block out background noise, and provide high-definition sound quality so kids will be able to hear every detail, and won’t complain that the volume is too low.

ETY∙Kids are available in two versions – the ETY·Kids3, a three-button control headset with mic designed to work with Apple products, and the ETY·Kids5 universal earphone that works with any portable device.

The ETY·Kids3 headset will feature AWARENESS! for Etymotic, an app that “listens” to users’ surroundings and mixes any noise louder than normal background sounds directly into the earphones, so kids can hear traffic, announcements or any other important sounds while they are listening. Both products provide clear, high-definition speech and music reproduction and come with kid-friendly eartips to ensure a seal that blocks outside sound.

Pricing and availability – ETY Kids 5 –  £59,  ETY Kids 3  – UK pricing and availability is to be confirmed.

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How to keep kids safe online

From smartphones to tablets, games consoles to computers, getting online has never been easier, so it is becoming increasingly important to protect your child’s safety on the net. Here are  my top tips to keep kids safe online on Tesco Magazine.

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Gadget Gran: micro scooter perfect present for grandkids

If you are thinking of buying your grandchild a scooter for Christmas then this is definitely the one to go for. It comes either as a mini for 3-5 year olds or a maxi for 6-12 year olds. As all children vary in height the handlebars (which can be either T bar or straight) are easily adjustable to suit. These scooters are well made from Swiss design, with a firm plastic platform. They have three wheels for good balance and come with a brake on the rear wheel to stop your grandchild wearing their shoes out when trying to stop.

There are six colours to choose from and also many accessories such as helmets, T shirts and bags. They are sturdy but still light enough to carry around but can corner very easily with a little foot pressure on either side of the platform. It couldn’t be easier to put together, the handlebars just slot into the base and all that is needed then is to tighten everything with the allen key provided and away you go. In the words of my 8 year old granddaughter who has loved using her pink maxi Micro Scooter – “It is such fun to use and I like the way it goes round corners“. “ I just love the pink colour and it is great to use around the house“. “ I always wear my helmet outside and I am very careful near the road”

The Micro Scooter is so easy to pack in the boot of the car if you are going out for the day with the family, a great way to keep the children occupied.

Just so the little ones aren’t left out there is also a scooter for toddlers 1 year plus that comes with a seat to keep them well balanced. If you are feeling adventurous there is also an adult scooter should you wish to join in the fun.

1+ starts from £29.95

3-5 from …….£49.95 – max user weight 20kg

6-12 from ……£99.95- max user weight 50kg

Adult model from £48.00

Available from www.micro-scooters.co.uk

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The harvard single multimedia bed for kids

What teenager doesn’t love hanging around in their bedroom?! Well now they have *even* more reason to stay in bed with the brand new luxury Harvard TV bed. Adding a bit of gadget chic to your teen’s bedroom, the single, multimedia bedstead comes in a funky white faux leather and incorporates two round speakers within the headboard and a hidden 24″ LCD remote control TV (which rises with a simple touch of a button). When it’s not in use, it can easily be retracted into the foot-end, creating a flush surface and hiding the TV completely. The entertainment centre in addition to all the mod-cons has handy ‘cubby holes’ for storing plenty of CDs and DVDs.

Available from www.furniturevillage.co.uk just in time for Christmas.

Price £895

Features: PC compatible; DVD player storage, USB port and scart; RF Aerial Connection.

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