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Posted on January 2, 2018 by Christine Crosby in Dad Does, Dan Nessell, Oregon scientific, Toys N Tech

Tech To Start The New Year

Tech to start the new year

 By Dan Nessel

The holidays are behind us and a new year is here. This month we review four tech gadgets and toys that show that the right technology can make everything more enjoyable. 

This Is One Smart Globe!

The world globe from our childhood is gone, replaced by the very impressive

Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer AR. Watch things come to life as the grandkids make animals, buildings and landmarks jump off the globe using an Augmented Reality app. If that is not enough, the globe opens and you can use the Bluetooth wand to explore the Earth’s core and our solar system. With over 20,000 fun facts programmed in, this globe provides hours of fun and learning for kids of all ages.

Smart Globe Explorer AR by Oregon Scientific  | $129

Full review & demo of the Smart Globe Explorer AR

Ready for Great Grandkids?

techGrandkids aren’t babies anymore? Maybe it is time for the grandkids to have their own babies. No, not real babies, we are talking about the incredibly lifelike and responsive Luvabella Baby Doll. This was the hot toy during the holidays and for good reason. With her true-to-life facial expressions and personality, she moves, talks and plays just like a real baby.


Spin Master Luvabella Baby Doll  | $99


Full review & demo of the Luvabella Baby Doll

This Is How a Superhero Would Fly a Drone

techFlying a drone by using a remote controller? That is so 2017. Thanks to the Aura Glove Controlled Drone the grandkids can have a blast piloting a drone just by gesturing with their hand. It really feels like you have super powers as you watch the responsive drone fly and flip all based on your hand movements. If your super powers are a little rusty and you crash the drone, no worries, the drone is protected by a crash-proof cage.


Aura Drone With Glove Controller   | $95

Full review & demo of Aura Glove Controller Drone

You May Never Want To Get Out of Bed Now

techWatching your favorite action movie while lying in bed is certainly enjoyable…but not necessarily for your partner who is lying next to you and trying to sleep. Sure you could wear headphones, but those tend to be bulky and uncomfortable. The Soft-Tones, soft speakers that lie on your pillow, are the perfect solution. Comfortably enjoy your movies, music or audio books all while your bed-mate is undisturbed.


Soft-Tones Pillow Speaker by 2Breathe | $49

Full review & demo of the Soft-Tones



Dan Nessel is Director of Product Reviews at DadDoes. Join Dad Does for real world, brutally honest product reviews, geared toward parents and grandparents.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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