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Best tech toys from Toy Fair 2014

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2014 played host to the 61st annual London Toy Fair, a smorgasbord of the latest developments from the toy industry, frequented by buyers and frenzied toy fans from all across the country.

The toy market is certainly not to be sniffed at, it’s worth a colossal £2.9 billion, and London Toy Fair is the UK’s biggest toy exhibition of the year.Join us as we guide you through some of our favourite techy toys from this year’s extravaganza – for photos from 2013’s event let us direct your attention here.

Prices for some of this year’s hottest tech toys weren’t available at the time of going to press, but keep your eyes peeled later in the year as they head to a toy aisle near you.

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Best tech toys from Toy Fair 2014Our pick of the best gadgets from London’s Toy Fair 2014Our pick of the best gadgets from London’s Toy Fair 2014Matt Farrington Smith2014-01-27T14:45:002014-01-27T14:45:00 trueHottest tech toys for 20142014 played host to the 61st annual London Toy Fair, a smorgasbord of the latest developments from the toy industry, frequented by buyers and frenzied toy fans from all across the country.The toy market is certainly not to be sniffed at, it’s worth a colossal £2.9 billion, and London Toy Fair is the UK’s biggest toy exhibition of the year.Join us as we guide you through some of our favourite techy toys from this year’s extravaganza – for photos from 2013’s event let us direct your attention here.Prices for some of this year’s hottest tech toys weren’t available at the time of going to press, but keep your eyes peeled later in the year as they head to a toy aisle near you.Please click on the image above to view 2014’s toys and continuetopHottest tech toys for 2014 - 1Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)Hottest tech toys for 2014 - 1(©Toy Fair)My Friend CaylaIf we told you that My Friend Cayla was the first doll to boast full interaction with the internet you might be quietly impressed… Well it’s certainly been putting the moves on some people, the Gadget Show Live team were so enamoured they voted it their top gadget of Toy Fair 2014.Vivid’s My Friend Cayla uses a mixture of Bluetooth and speech-to-text technology to answer its owner’s questions. Google’s SafeSearch technology has been utilised in the back end to prevent Cayla from sharing material of an inappropriate nature.We think it’s just a tad creepy, talking dolls? No thanks…topMy Friend Cayla - 2My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)My Friend Cayla - 2(©Vivid)AniminWhat happens when you put a bunch of AR tech specialists, digital artists and games developers together in an east London hideaway?The answer comes in the form of Animin, your new favourite personal companion.Animin was also jostling for the accolade of Toy Fair 2014’s top tech toy, and when you get to know it you’ll see why… What we’ve got here is a very nifty 3D virtual pet that relies on augmented reality to bring it magically to life. Think of it a bit like a Tamagotchi for a new generation.When you get your hands on your creature you’ll be wanting to see it evolve from a baby to a fully grown adult. This requires a mixture of careful feeding, nurturing and play (via a collection of inbuilt mini games). Obviously the happier your Animin is, the sooner it can evolve into the next stage of its life (of which there are eight).And if there was an award for best hair of the show we reckon it would go to Animin’s Joe Kletz, just saying…topAnimin - 3Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Animin - 3(©Animin)Glowing ChemistryWe’re big fans of chemistry sets here at MSN Tech – remember our Breaking Bad feature perchance?So it should come as no surprise that we’ve singled out Glowing Chemistry by Thames & Kosmos. But if you were expecting kid-friendly conical flasks and indeterminate vials of chemicals you’re in for a surprise… You see Glowing Chemistry is that little bit different, instead of focusing on the age-old classroom chemistry lesson it aims to teach you the science behind light.It should come as no surprise, the clue ‘was’ in the name. So swap your Lactic Acid for Luminol and perform mind-bending science as you experiment with UV light.topGlowing Chemistry - 4Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)Glowing Chemistry - 4(©Thames & Kosmos)WowWee MiP RobotIf you have fond memories of Johnny 5 then be prepared to fall in love all over again with WowWee’s MiP Robot…OK MiP might not be the most exciting of acronyms (it is after-all short for Mobile Inverted Pendulum), crucially it means he is free to traverse and navigate his environment through the use of hand gestures. Clever stuff, and this is thanks to an innovation called GestureSense technology that represents the hard work of UCSD’s (University of California at San Diego) Coordinated Robots Lab.The Mobile Inverted Pendulum refers to the two wheels that help MiP keep his balance and therefore upright. He can also be controlled via Bluetooth through just about any smart device, useful if you feel your hands are getting worn out… Luckily that’s not a problem MiP is likely to face, as he is quite confident in carrying another MiP Robot in his arms, at 12-inches tall that’s quite a feat!topWowWee MiP Robot - 5WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)WowWee MiP Robot - 5(©WowWee)CupetsFlair is also getting in on the augmented reality bandwagon with its selection of cube-shaped pets – or Cupets for short.The difference here is kids are able to physically collect a total of 12 different pets, each featuring a different quirky design. After scanning in the QR code your Cupet will come to life on your smart device, where you’ll be able to partake in fun games, look after your virtual pet and let it run free in Cupets World.There are currently Cupets apps available on iOS and Android devices.topCupets - 6Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Cupets - 6(©Flair)Nano QuadBlink and you might have missed this year's Toy Fair Best New Toy Award winner. The Nano Quad zips through the air at the rate of knots, propelled by its impressively diminutive dimensions (it will quite happily fit in the palm of your hand). It also has a range of 50m, so it can travel a fair distance.Its small size means battery life takes a hit though, you’ll squeeze just five minutes worth of flight time out of a 30-minute charge. But with this being the future and all, you’re able to recharge its batteries via the wonder of USB.topNano Quad - 7Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)Nano Quad - 7(©Nano)TobyRich SmartPlaneLondon’s Toy Fair 2014 had more flying gadgets than you could shake a stick at.The TobyRich SmartPlane was another such example and boasts something it calls FlightAssist, which analyses its travel and makes any necessary adjustments without you having to lift a finger.The app used to fly the thing looks pretty cool too, mimicking the design of a cockpit with a selection of proper flight controls. Again, this is another gadget that incorporates Bluetooth technology make the app and plane talk to one another.topTobyRich SmartPlane - 8TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)TobyRich SmartPlane - 8(©TobyRich)Video Head X1It may look like your normal bicycle helmet, but Video Head from re:creation also incorporates a natty inbuilt camera that is capable of tilting to four different positions. The 60-degree, ultra-wide angle lens is therefore great for extreme sports fans, allowing would-be daredevils to angle the camera to capture their tricks perfectly. Not only does the helmet provide added safety but it’s also capable of capturing up to 30 minutes' worth of video.topVideo Head X1 - 9Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Video Head X1 - 9(©re:creation)Kurio PhoneWhat’s this? A smartphone at a Toy Fair? We weren’t for a second expecting a fully fledged phone to break cover at such an event… The parent-controlled smartphone may look and feel just like a normal ‘adult’ mobile, but it also boasts something called Kurio Genius Parental Controls, which seek to lock down certain features and apply usage limits. The ichaper Mobile Chaperone technology that’s also found on board allows parents to monitor their youngster’s smartphone use remotely without being intrusive.topKurio Phone - 10Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)Kurio Phone - 10(©Kurio)BeeWi wireless toysComing from humble beginnings in 2008, the electronic toy manufacturer BeeWi now boasts a range that incorporates over 30 products.Here at the London Toy Fair 2014 visitors were able to observe a bevy of electronic toys that included helicopters, robots and a range of smart toy cars – all with wireless technology built in.topBeeWi wireless toys - 11BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)BeeWi wireless toys - 11(©BeeWi)

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