CNET Holiday Guide | High Tech Barbies, Smart PJs, DiscoRobos & More

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

SAN FRANCISCO (CNET) -- Toys are getting more high-tech, even Barbie. In this CNET holiday gift guide, Sumi Das show us toys controlled by the wave of hand, pajamas that tell bedtime stories and a mirror that does the face painting for you.

Planning to hit the high-tech aisle of the toy store this holiday season? Here's a little guidance:

Barbie Digital Dress

Ever fashion forward, Barbie is literally shining bright this season. The $50 Barbie Digital Dress features a touch panel with more than a hundred multi-color LEDs. Press Barbie's necklace to watch preset animations or use the stylus to create your own designs.

Barbie Digital Makeover

For kids who like to get all dolled up, the $70 Barbie Digital Makeover lets them experiment with makeup virtually, though you will need your own iPad. Download the app, then slip the tablet into the frame. The software uses the front-facing camera to track faces and lets the kids apply eye shadow, blush masks, and more.

Flutterbye Fairies or Air Hog Atmospheres

For some high flying fun, try Flutterbye Fairies or Air Hog Atmospheres. These toys which each run about $28 seem to float magcally. The secret, though, is actually a built-in infrared sensor that detects your hand, so you can guide it without a remote control.

Little Passports

For the mini-globetrotter on your list, consider a subscription to Little Passports, an online adventure game. Each month a package arrives in the mail that teaches kids about a different state or country. A three-month subscription runs $42.

Smart PJs

Even bedtime has gone high-tech with these $30 Smart PJs Parents download apps, snap a picture of a set of dots with their phones and you'll see stories or animal fun facts that kids can read and share.

DiscoRobo

Add some tech cred to your dance party with the Tosy DiscoRobo, which runs about $40. Pump up the jam and watch this bot boogie to the beat. How could you not love this face?


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