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…