TECH TOYS TO ADD TO YOUR CART

Toys are go­ing hi-tech this Christ­mas sea­son, write Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son and Rod Ch­ester

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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

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