From GPS locators to digital cameras, consumer electronics products generally reserved for adults (or at least teens) have found their toy counterparts in this year’s Toys ‘R’ Us “Hot Toy” list. Among the products that mimic conventional CE items is VTech’s Pink Nitro Notebook, a bilingual learning tool in laptop form that’s designed for 5-7 year olds. The Kid-Tough Digital Camera from Fisher Price features a 1.3” LCD screen and captures images in 640 x 480 resolution but, as the name suggests, is designed to endure the not-so-gentle handling of a 3-year-old. For the slightly older set, the Wherifone GPS Locator Phone by Wherifone Wireless is designed to give parents peace of mind by giving them the ability to locate their children at any time, and, if they’re so inclined, talk to them as well. Though not a CE item per se, the Blue Man Group Percussion Tubes from ToyQuest actually incorporate CE by taking the input from an MP3 player and allowing kids to remix the results with a theremin-like wave of the hand. And, of course, there’s the Nintendo Wii, but I think we all know that that’s not a toy.
David Thomas, CEO at Evident, is an accomplished cybersecurity entrepreneur. He has a history of introducing innovative technologies, establishing them in the market, and driving growth – with each early-stage company emerging as the market leader.