Got a few young ones running around? Or perhaps your family are just tech-enthusiasts? Among the global pandemic, ever more parents are having to find new and creative ways to keep themselves and their kids entertained throughout the day. If this sounds like you, we’re here to help!
From smart speakers to build-it-yourself interactive robots, our guide is in place to help you find the best tech and gadgets to keep you entertained for hours on end. Check it out below!
Start living in the future with the voice-controlled Google Home Mini smart speaker. Whether it’s to make a phone call, play your favourite music, or to ask for recipe ideas when you’re struggling for ideas, the virtual assistant is capable of all sorts. The new Nest Mini makes your music sound bigger and better than ever before, whilst improved voice recognition allows you to ask for help from across the room. Available here.
Tobbie is an intelligent six-legged robot that will be loved by children. With lights and sounds, he can convey emotions, making him your new adorable 6 legged friend. He comes in a DIY build it yourself kit, so you and the family can have fun putting him together and then enjoy the fruits of your labour interacting with him once he’s brought to life. He can even work out his own surroundings! Available here.
Turn your TV into a smart TV with the Google Chromecast 3rd Generation. With just a push of a button, you can stream from your iOS or Android device to your TV. Simply plug the Chromecast into your TV and connect to your home WiFi to get started. Why not sit down with the family and catch up on your favourite movies and shows from Netflix. It’s a great way to make any TV smart. Available here.
Are you taking plenty of notes whilst working from home? Or perhaps the kids are doing their school work? Then say hello to the smart notebook that is both analogue and digital! The Everlast Notebook feels like a traditional notebook however it is endlessly reusable and connects to all of your favourite cloud services via the Rocketbook App. Wipe pages with a damp cloth, and watch them erase like magic. Available here.
Get the most out of your devices by keeping them fully charged with this portable power bank from Anker. The PowerCore Select 10,000mAh Power Bank can charge up to 2 devices simultaneously and includes Power IQ for intuitive high-speed charging. It has enough power to keep you going for over 23 extra hours! This portable power bank provides high capacity in a portable form. Available here.
Too many background noises distracting you when taking a work call? Or perhaps you fancy chilling out listening to your favourite music? A good pair of headphones will help you with both of those things! The JBL Tune 110BT Wireless In-Ear Headphones offer a grab and go, wireless solution for your everyday usage along with the ability to make or take hands-free calls and 6 hours of battery life. Available here.
The Robotic Hedgehog is a replica hedgehog that curls up and extends its spines just like the real animal. It uses a built-in microphone to hear and react to handclaps, performing tricks when it does. The Robotic Hedgehog comes in kit form, so you can have fun assembling it before you and the family get to play with it. It will provide hours upon hours of enjoyable, imaginative fun! Let’s get rolling! Available here.
Anyone can improve their home with the right tools, so, before you Spring into DIY action why not consider using Sugru? Sugru is a flexible, adhesive repair putty that sets strong by turning into a durable silicone rubber. Perfect for craft, DIY, upcycling and hacking your stuff. Straight out of the pack, Sugru sticks to wood, metal, glass, as well as most plastics and fabrics. Ignite your Creativity! Available here.
Keeping fit is a major activity for people. The SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 Player is designed for athletes and fitness enthusiasts to make sure that workouts and ‘feeling the burn’ isn’t just good for you, they’re positively fun. While you exercise, you can enjoy high-quality music – including non-DRM iTunes tracks – and audiobook collections, indoors or out. It’s super lightweight and clips to your clothing. Available here.
As a captivating blast from the past, this portable 16 Bit Micro Arcade Console includes 220 built in games for hours of enjoyment. To use, simply power on the console and start playing, anywhere, anytime. With plenty of magnificent retro games such as Black Jack and Sub Warfare, take yourself back to your childhood. A joystick, built in speakers and a 2.5” screen allow you to recreate an authentic arcade feel. Available here.
Cast your favourite music from your phone or tablet straight to your speakers with Google Chromecast Audio. Choose from millions of songs from popular music services like Spotify, Google Play Music, and Pandora and simply tap the Cast button from your music apps to instantly play on the speakers. The Google Chromecast Audio is a great way to listen to your favourite tunes around the house. Available here.
The Flying Gadgets DIY Drone includes 27 Build pieces to allow you to construct your very own drone. Comes complete with an instruction manual so you can build it yourself with ease, and then have the pleasure of seeing your creation come to life. Great fun for little techies of all sizes. This drone includes a remote control with Headless mode and gyroscope to perform great flips and tricks. Available here.