Electronic toys…

I received a remote control helicoptor for christmas, it’s a tiny one for flying indoors. I’ve been asking Nikki for one for ages but I think she thought I was joking. She finally took the hint and bought me one and I love it.

 It’s got all the things this gadget lover likes, it’s difficult to control and takes a level of mastery, it’s easily knocked off course by ‘trade winds’ coming from the kids banging about the room and it’s very addictive. My 16 month old daughter Hannah loves it and laughs when I start flying it around. By the way it’s blades are all hidden inside a band so can’t harm anyone and it’s only 6 inches long and made of polystyrene so it’s kid friendly.

This aside the other pressie I got which I like is Mario versus Sonic at the Olympics for the Wii. It’s great for exploring the new interface in new ways. It’s very hard work though especially the running races and swimming, my arms ache for ages afterwards. I think they need to bring out Wii trainers so that you can do the running sports whilst actually running, have I just invented something useful here? – I like the skill based sports especially archery, I did archery for real and was Irish U18 school archery champion back in my youth so I thought that the game would not appeal to me since the virtual is unlikely to match up with real life play but actually it’s just as enjoyable and the skill required is similar in many ways (i.e. judging wind etc.) it would be good if you could adjust the power of the shot by the amount you pull back on the controller but maybe that’s in version 2 or in a level I haven’t opened up yet. I’ll let you know as I explore it further.

The kids got the usually amount of gadgetry including Pixel Chics and Tamagotchi. We have two Tamagotchis that talk to each other and can play games together. They can also download stuff from the computer. Jordan got an electronic guitar that interacts with a stereo (if you wish) or can be used independantly to teach you to play. It’s also good fun and makes learning the guitar much easier for kids. It comes with it’s own CD tutorial too.

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About willwoods
I'm Head of Learning and Teaching Technologies in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University.

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