TECH TOYS TO ADD TO YOUR CART
Toys are going hi-tech this Christmas season, write Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson and Rod Chester
ZOOMR CLASSIC 3VOLV
The Brisbane company behind this selfbalancing, motorised skateboard deserves kudos for two reasons: its device delivers more torque and stability than its rivals, and it looks good doing so. The ZoomR, designed in Australia, features two chipsets rather than one, making this board more responsive when you lean gently forward or backwards, commanding it to move. While highly sensitive to your balance, the ZoomR is stable even at its 10km/h top speed, and its battery will last for 20km of travel. It’s heavy to carry far at 10kg, and a tricky 10-minute learning session is required, but the ZoomR Classic delivers addictively smooth travel.
$999 / 3VOLV.COM.AU KIDIZOOM ACTION CAM VTECH
Imagine if your very first bike ride had been recorded … from a camera attached to the handlebars. VTech’s Kidizoom Action Cam is like a GoPro for kids aged five years and over, with a rugged body and small LCD screen. A wrist strap, bicycle mount, and flat adhesive mount is included. The waterproof housing will protect the camera during 2m dives, and the camera is simple to use. However, its photo and video quality is limited, with 0.3-megapixel images and somewhat grainy moving images.
$99.95 / BIGW.COM.AU
REVO GLIDER KAISER BAAS
This self-balancing, motorised skateboard starts in Beginner Mode by default, letting riders get comfortable before picking up speed. In Advanced Mode, the Revo Glider can tear along at 12km/h, and its Samsung lithium-ion battery will last for up to 20km after a threehour charge. This model could be more responsive, but its turning circle is precise and delivers a stable, smooth ride.
$797 / HARVEYNORMAN.COM.AU
AIRBORNE NIGHT PARROT
If you’re a new pilot, it’s best to fly your drone in daylight where you can easily see obstacles. If you want to try your hand at night flights, this drone has two LED lights so you can guide it through darkened skies. It only has about 10 minutes of battery life so a second battery investment is wise, and the app is confusing at first. Also, it shoots low-res images directly below and the LED lights pointing directly ahead won’t light up the ground for night shots. Limitations aside, it’s a lot of fun and likely to be on Christmas wish lists.
$200 / HARVEYNORMAN.COM.AU