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Welcome to Fall 2012 and Happy Halloween!
We have an incredible batch of products to share with you this month. We know you’re in a hurry, so here are the headlines.
• Kinect TV isn’t perfect by any stretch, but it represents a noble attempt to get children jumping around, with the TV, rather than just passively watching it. See page 11. Oh, and while you have your Kinect turned on, try Harry Potter for Kinect on page 8.
• Three new well designed Pokémon titles have arrived. Enough said. Pages 15-16.
• InnoTab 2 (page 9) and LeapPad2 (page 12) both have cameras, accelerometers, and don’t run Android. See our compare/contract video, at http://youtu.be/SgxhoIBpfbo
• Pixel’d (page 15) is an important new iPad animation tool from Disney’s Kerpoof group.
• Remember the Living Books? They’re back for iPad under the Wanderful brand. Can an antique interactive product work in the tablet age? See pages 8 and 20.
• Speaking of apps… Don’t miss Toca Band (shown on this month’s cover, and on page 19), and if you’re interseted in children’s lit, you must try Moonbot’s IMAG•N•O•TRON on page 9. Finally, Halloween is just around the corner, so we’ve pulled a few interesting haunted apps, which have been highlighted in Chris’ Mashable column. Enjoy the issue!
Duck Duck Moose Lays a Golden Egg
This month was a big one for a small children’s app publisher called Duck Duck Moose. They announced that they were going to grow into a middle-sized publisher, and make it their day jobs. We’ve seen this happen many times over the years. Will they be able to make it work? To find out, Scott Traylor talked with Duck Duck Moose co-founder Caroline Hu Flexer, who has also presented many times at Dust or Magic. See page 4.
LittleClickers: Next Generation Electric Cars
Every time you coast, or apply the brakes in the Nissan Leaf electric car, the motor acts as an electric generator, converting energy (called kinetic energy) that would otherwise be wasted into battery energy. So even when you’re slowing down, you’re charging up; a concept called “regenerative braking.” The Leaf is just one of many cars coming out this fall, which is why we decide to find links and videos to help you learn about this computer-driven industry. See page 3.
Children’s Technology Review
Vol. 20, No 10, Issue 151
Counting Ants Math Adventure, p. 7
Crayola DigiTools 3-D Pack, p. 22
Crayola DigiTools Airbrush Pack, p. 22
Crayola DigiTools Deluxe Pack, p. 22
Crayola DigiTools Effects Pack, p. 23
Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure, p. 7
Dora: Where is Boots?, p. 8
Dr. Seuss Bookshelf, p. 23
HappiTaps: Puppi Love, p. 23
Harry and the Haunted House* p. 8
Harry Potter for Kinect*, p. 8
I Spy Two Game Pack, p. 23
IMAG*N*O*TRON*, p. 9
InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet, p. 9
Jakks Pacific Power Trains Auto Loader City, p. 10
Kids Preschool Puzzle, p. 10
Kinect Nat Geo TV, p. 11
Kinect Sesame Street TV, p. 11
LeapPad2, p. 12
Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, The, p. 12
LEGO Creationary Halloween*, p. 13
LEGO: The Lord of the Rings, p. 24
Luna Interactive Projection Camera, p. 24
Math to the Rescue*, p. 13
Meet Heckerty*, p. 13
Mozart Interactive, p. 14
now!Board Portable Interactive Whiteboard, p. 14
Picture Me Trick or Treat*, p. 14
Pixel’d*, p. 15
Pokémon Black Version 2*, p. 15
Pokémon Conquest*p. 16
Pokémon White Version 2*, p. 16
Pumpkin Pal, p. 17
Robo Fish, p. 24
Social Express, The, p. 17
Standing Talk Back Ben* and Standing Talk Back Tom, p. 18
Tabeo, p. 25
Tizzy Seasons, p. 18
To the Farm!, p. 19
Toca Band*, p. 19
Tortoise and the Hare, The (iPad), p. 20
VTech University, p. 25
WEBEE, p. 26
Who Stole the Moon?*, p. 20
YogiPlay, p. 26
Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope*, p. 21
* Denotes an Editor’s Choice selection