Why high-tech kids toys are struggling

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Kidtech expert Robin Raskin gets into why products with more functionality are floundering, and how to make one really take off with this generation. By Robin Raskin May 14, 2019 If you think the past year…

The Baby, The Bathwater and The Backlash

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It’s been a long time coming. But not all that long. After 30 years of exploration, we find ourselves at war with the Internet we created. Vices often begin as prescriptions for what ails us. It took about 100 years to first popularize and…

It’s No Wonder We’re All Online Liars

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On the eve of Facebook’s 15th Anniversary, I paused long enough to remember how I got my start. 2006 was the first year I was a legitimate user, but way back in 2004, when I first read about this college campus experiment, I knew I had to…

Walk 10,000 Steps? Spend $10,000 Dollars? It’s All the Same to your New Fitness Band

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The set of people who want to know how many steps they’ve walked each day is finite. Chances are if you’re counting steps you already own a Fitbit, Garmin, Samsung or other fitness wearables. Broadening that world means giving those devices…

Farts and Boogers are Back in Style

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You can tell a lot about a nation by the games it plays. And boy, what a difference a year can make. Just one year ago at Toy FairNY, one of the largest showcases for the toy industry, words like “inclusivity” and “diversity”, and…

Facebook Messenger for Kids Comes Under Attack; We Gave it An Award

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For the past nine years, my company has run the KapiAwards at CES. A group of cross-genre judges from the toy industry, educators, investors, game developers and more get together to decide which ten products deserve to be called out…

Data Has a PR Problem

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“In God we trust; all others bring data”. The rallying cry of the data-driven analytical thinking has shaped our lives for the last two decades. Google, IBM, Facebook, Amazon ravenously gobble and analyze data 24/7 in the hopes of gaining…

Techie Savior Syndrome and the Future of Digital Health

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Silicon Valley’s behavioral pattern is, by now, predictable. They recognize a pattern in need of disruption and then swoop in, like binary superheroes, to set things right. Whether it’s education, entertainment, or health, there’s something…

When Parents’ Behavior Sucks, Trying to Protect Kids from the Internet is Futile

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When Parents’ Behavior Sucks, Trying to Protect Kids from the Internet is Futile Do as I say, not as I do. It’s the rallying cry of a generation of parents who live on their mobile devices yet bemoan their children’s addictive online…

The VC’s Revenge: We’re Not Going Anywhere

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Somewhere just below hedge fund managers and slightly above stock brokers on the scale of “I just don’t get what they do all day” are the Venture Capitalists. Venture capital (VC) is money provided to various ages and stages of companies…

A Few Less Shopping Headaches

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People love swapping holiday shopping stories: the nightmares, the finds and the victories.   READ MORE

The Year IoT Became Part of the Family

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2017 begins the slow death of those vexing conversations about family screen time.   READ MORE

Is Technology a Creativity Crusher?

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Maybe it was the very name “computers” that got machines off to their rocky start. They were computational machines — superfast number crunchers.   READ MORE

What Will It Mean to Keep Kids Safe Online in 2020?

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In a much quainter time at the dawn of the Internet age, well intentioned stakeholders including parents, teachers, government, Internet service providers, and developers of kids’ content saw that kids might become endangered on the Internet.   READ…

Mattel’s Aristotle Does Nothing that Alexa Doesn’t Already Do; So Why the Double Standard?

The NY Times recently ran a story about a 3-year-old girl’s relationship to Alexa. The precocious three-year-old asks Alexa everything from what the weather is to how old Alexa is.   READ MORE

tbh: Can A Site Be Anonymous and Still Pull Off a Positivity Spin?

By now it’s old news that teens are not using Facebook as much as Facebook had hoped.   READ MORE

Rethinking Credit Scores in the Age of Fintech

The Equifax data breach that exposed 143 million personal records was a wake up call about the shoddy security at one of the major credit rating bureaus.   READ MORE

The Internet of All Things Payable

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Today, the Internet of Things is pretty good at telling you how many steps you took or how to optimize your thermostat.   READ MORE 

This Baby Boomer knows all the digital trends

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June 10, 2018: Tech is largely dominated by new products and fresh young faces, but that’s not stopping Robin Raskin. She has been in the industry for more than 40 years and shows no signs of backing down. Even though she spends most of her…

Using Tech The Right Way: 3 Retail Success Stories

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It’s not easy being retail these days. Store rents are high, good staff is expensive, inventory management is trying, and online offers are tantalizing.   READ MORE

Wearables: Where Do We Go From Here?

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The wearables market continues to grow, but also to perplex. Shrinking form factors, robust cloud storage, longer battery lives and more sensitive sensors make wearables capable of doing more than ever.   READ MORE

China’s Perfect Storm AI Moment

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In July of 2017 the Chinese government issued a development plan to make the country the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030. So far things are going better than pretty well.   The government’s commitment to AI dominance,…

Rethinking Credit Scores in the Age of Fintech

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The Equifax data breach that exposed 143 million personal records was a wake up call about the shoddy security at one of the major credit rating bureaus. Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com

Staying Old in a Young Business

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I’ve thought about writing this piece for the last two decades which means I am not getting younger.   READ MORE

Ride-Sharing: Lots of Holes to Be Plugged

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The startup economy always has a niche waiting to be filled by a creative person, and that person is often looking for answer to what begins as a personal problem.   READ MORE