Math Makers kid’s game teaches math without parent’s supervision

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It has to be fun to learn math, unless you’re one who doesn’t like to have fun. That’s where Math Makers a new title by Montreal-based Ululab comes in. Like hiding turnips within the mash potatoes like Mom used to do, math lessons are seamlessly hidden within the gameplay of this app so kids will enjoy making their way through physics-based puzzles, not realizing they are learning lessons along the way. They’ll have fun and stay engaged as they encounter wacky and wonderful creatures, collect pets without feeling like they’re studying in school.

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Ford smart crib mimics the movements of your car


Two weeks ago, if I heard about the Ford Motor Company rolling out an at-home smart crib that lulls your newborn to sleep by simply mimicking the movement of your automobile, I would’ve immediately thought – here comes another April Fool’s joke. But I guess the joke is on me; it’s called Max Motor Dreams, and it’s real.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: Kidz Gear Bluetooth Headphones with Boom Mic

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When you think of headphones for Kids, you’d likely think- cheap in terms of both price and build quality, often candy-coloured and fairly vanilla in terms of features. But one company doesn’t totally believe in that philosophy. In fact they are quite adamant, touting their latest offering the Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones with Boom Mic as being an adult product built for kids.

They’ve taken this direction, it seems, based on their assumptions that with kids being kids, they also want the same things that adults have. So to that end, the company introduced a fully featured wireless headset with detachable omnidirectional boom mic, ideal for use at home for gaming, on-line chatting and listening to tunes but also suitable for serious school work including activities like language learning.  Read Full Review at G4TV Canada.


Project Nursery monitor is parent’s little helper

3_products-12312015Dubbed as Project Nursery’s top secret project with their partner VOXX International, the Project Nursery Baby Monitor was finally birthed at CES 2016 after having been worked on, no pun intended, over the past nine months.

The Project Nursery offering is a little different from your typical baby monitor or webcam. Their flagship piece of the line consists of three parts; a Parent Unit complete with five-inch high definition display, a mini-monitor with a 1.5″ LCD display and a separate camera unit.

The system, which features a luxurious high-end design finish is both a wireless and Wi-Fi-free monitor which the company says, offers an uncomplicated hand-off to a caregiver. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Kidz Gear volume limiting headset ideal for young ears

Going beyond the earbuds that are often included with the gadget these days, it sometimes tough to find a decent headset that suitable for young ears.  Expanding upon their original headphones, Kidz Gear has introduced the Kids Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset with Boom Microphone that is not only sized correctly for a child’s head, it also has a volume limiting capability to help protect the little ears.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.


KidzSafe headphones are safe for kids


With kids tuning in at a much younger age than before, reports have found that millions of children ages three and up are being affected by some sort of hearing loss due to their exposure to noise. And while noise can come from a number of sources, two supposed culprits, which should be of no surprise to anyone, are headphones and earbuds. So KidzSafe has come up with a solution that not only has volume-limiting technology built right into them, they’re also fun and fully customizable for the little ones.


1,000 Tips for Teens- New book guides teens through life’s challenges

Kelly FalardeauSPRUCE GROVE, AB, Nov. 20, 2012/ Troy Media/

“Have you ever contemplated suicide?”

When Kelly Falardeau, author of 1,000 Tips for Teens, received this text message during a presentation she was giving to a group of 150 tech-savvy Grade 7 teens, she was unsure how to respond. She had also received four more just like it.

“Women” she says, “who I speak to mostly, don’t ask me about suicide, they ask me about how to feel great and how to look better.”

But her thoughts quickly turned to one of her daughters, who had turned 13 two weeks before, when she realized that she, too, could be thinking about suicide.

She finally shared a story with the audience from her own teen years and thoughts of suicide.

When she was two, she tells them, she was in an accident that left burns over 75 per cent of her body. And when she was in Grade 11, she used to pray before she went to sleep: “Dear God, please don’t make me wake up in the morning, but if I have to, could you at least make me ‘scar-less’ and pretty like all the other girls? Thank you, Amen.”

She wants teens to know that, even though suicide is at an all-time high, life is worth living.

“Do you understand that suicide is final?” she now tells teens. “If you actually succeed, no more ‘Facebooking’ or texting your best friends, no more Justin Bieber or One Direction concerts; no more sleepovers. There’s no more of any of that.”

We have to tell them, she says, that “we haven’t given up on them. We want to show them we care.”

While contemplating her own suicide as a teen, Falardeau says, she also hadn’t thought about the pain and suffering she would have caused her family, her friends and the people who loved her. Falardeau admits that these thoughts still occur to her as an adult, but that thinking about her little nine-year old son keeps her alive.

“I would never want my son to go through that pain of never seeing his mom again.”

It isn’t uncommon for Falardeau to receive text messages during her presentations. In fact, she received 100 during that same presentation. “I allow them to text me their questions,” she says, because it helps ensure she tells her teen audience what they want to know, and not just what she thinks they ought to know.

To get her message out beyond her physical audiences, Falardeau and co-author Martin Presse decided to write 1,000 Tips for Teens. But they wanted the book to be about more than just suicide. They wanted it to become a resource that would guide teens through the challenges they were encountering in their lives.

The two approached friends and family members to contribute 100 tips for teens. The interest was so overwhelming however, Falardeau says, that 100 became 1,000.

Falardeau, an international motivational speaker and best-selling author of two books No Risk No Rewards and Self Esteem Doesn’t Come in a Bottle, was recently recognized for her efforts with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, presented by Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and the Rona Ambrose, the federal Minister of Public Works and Government Services and member of Parliament for Edmonton-Spruce Grove. The Medal is bestowed upon an individual, “who like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service, to family, community and country,” said Ambrose.

1,000 Tips for Teens is being launched today on to coincide with National Child Day, celebrated in Canada and many other countries as Universal Children’s Day, to honour children around the world.

Greg Gazin, a Tech Columnist, Small Business and Technology Speaker and Senior Editor at Troy Media contributed to 1,000 Tips for Teens. He can be reached at Gadgetguy.CA on Twitter @gadgetgreg or you can find him on Empire Avenue at (e)GADGET1.

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Crayola MyPhones safe for younger ears



The folks at Crayola, makers of the famous, you guessed it – Crayola Crayons have teamed up with Griffin Technology to come out with a co-branded line of earbuds and headphones specifically designed for the younger crowd.  Not only are the MyPhones slightly smaller than your standard adult-size, they also have special built-in circuitry that peaks volume levels at 85dB (decibels) or lower to help protect young ears.