Video Broadcast Takes Insights, Trends, and New Products Beyond the Walls of CES NEW YORK, November 21, 2013—Living in Digital Times and the MommyTech Summit are adding a new dimension to the 2014 International CES® experience with the launch of MommyTech TV, a collection of video broadcasts bringing exhibitor and conference news from CES with a family point of view to a wider audience.   MommyTech TV will be filmed live from the Venetian show floor on Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., hosted by tech experts and moms, Andrea Smith and Beth Blecherman. MommyTech TV will also be available for viewing on,,,, and   “Not every tech-inclined mom can be on the CES show floor seeing how new technology can help them keep balance in their busy lives,” said Robin Raskin, Founder of Living in Digital Times.  “This year’s trends like the Internet of Things, cloud-based services and geolocation-based trackers will have a far-reaching impact on moms, so we’re bringing the news to them.”   “We’re excited to put a fresh spin on this year’s conference with MommyTech TV,” said Andrea Smith, executive producer of MommyTech TV and the MommyTech Summit. “MommyTech TV explores the $2.1 million dollar mom market, featuring expert opinions, product demonstrations and good ‘tech chat.’ ”   MommyTech TV will also feature leading experts who will discuss the impact of technology and social media on families that include:   Keynote speaker Randi Zuckerberg, creator of and author of Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives, will explore how families can achieve balance in a wired world. Zuckerberg will also participate in an exclusive live Twitter chat from the show […]

There’s a great article in this issue of Gaming Industry News by Matthew Handrahan. He looks at the enormous success of Skylanders and the awesome match between John Coyne at Activision and Toys For Bob.

If you regularly consult YPulse for your youth-tech events, you’ll notice that the 2012 CES and concurrent Kids@Play Summit in January are listed. See you in January.

By ANDREA SMITH (@abcandrea) May 5, 2011 Tired of giving your mother flowers that always end up dead in the garbage? Hate that the jewelry you bought for her never sees the light of day — well, except for that one Halloween? Want to do something grander than a homemade card? I mean, you aren’t in kindergarten anymore anyway. Then here’s the ultimate Mother’s Day shopping guide for you. Ditch the daisies, forgo the diamonds and leave the breakfast in bed to the children. This is the year for gadgets. READ MORE…..

Last week, I attended my first Consumer Electronics Show, the massive exhibition of all things technology in Las Vegas. Not unlike Sin City itself, it’s something everyone should see once, just for the jaw-dropping sensory overload. With 140,000 attendees walking 35 football fields of show floor, it’s no surprise that a booth showing state-of-the-art recliners looked like a podiatric casualty ward. For someone whose particular interest is children and media, it was easy to get lost in the redwood forest of iPad cases, tablets and 3D TVs, and miss the saplings of innovation meant just for young people. Fortunately, the Kids@Play conference within CES offers a coherent platform for these devices and their followers. 2011 panels covered virtual worlds, interactive learning and — the session I moderated — the rise of motion-based devices and content. Hardware and software that key off of children’s activity are important for two big reasons. First, with growing attention to childhood obesity, it’s encouraging to see screens that aren’t “lean back” or “lean forward”; they’re “jump up and dance around.” This movement (pun fully intended) may have begun with the Nintendo Wii, but new devices — like Microsoft’s Kinect for the Xbox 360 and gesture-recognition technology from Omek Interactive — liberate kids from controllers and wires, engaging the entire body and upping the intensity. The first time I tried Kinect, I swayed tentatively to control my whitewater raft. Quickly, I learned that the game would respond only to energetic side-to-side springing. New York Times technology columnist David Pogue wrote that you can’t play Kinect sitting down, and that soon “we’ll be hearing doctors say, ‘I think your kids really need to play more video games.’” High-tech gear isn’t critical to […]

Read More: Angry Birds, Angry Birds Board Game, Angry Birds Board Game Photos, Angry Birds Game, Angry Birds Mattel, Angry Birds Pictures, Gaming, Poll, Slidepollajax, Video, Technology News Angry Birds is on Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android operating system, PlayStation, and, now, cardboard. Mattel is launching Angry Birds Knock on Wood, a board game based on the massively popular Angry Birds video game. So how do you play without exploding animated birds and a touchscreen? The game comes with small plastic versions of the Angry Birds characters–both birds and pigs–as well as a slingshot and blocks for creating the pigs’ fortresses. One player picks one of the 56 “mission cards,” then the other player builds the structure shown on the card, which the first player has several turns to knock down using the birds shown on the card. The first player to score 1,000 points wins. SOURCE:

e all know that moms are amazing multi-taskers, the savviest of shoppers, and maintain order in the most hectic of households. But today’s mom is also hip to adopt the latest and greatest gadgets. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas highlighted this trend by showing off gadgets for moms in the first-ever “Mommy tech” lifestyle exhibit. Device manufacturers and retailers recognize this and are increasingly reaching out to this segment, which makes 80% of household purchases and spends $1.7 trillion annually. Gadget-makers are appealing to the time-constrained mom who wants to do it all with tablets, smartphone apps, fitness gadgets, and even high-tech baby monitors. All this “Mommy Tech” created some serious buzz and interest at CES. What manufacturers and retailers may also know is that this is only the start of the conversation…moms tend to talk. In fact, moms mention on average 73 brands during the course of a week, and 56% of moms are likely to pass along what they hear to others. CE manufacturers are off to a great start in recognizing the purchasing power of this audience; they need to continue to give Moms something to talk about by to delivering relevant messaging and products. SOURCE:

At CES, one of the most memorable and relevant segments of the show for NKT was MommyTech and Kids@Play.  This special section of the show and conference track spotlighted technology that underscores mom’s influence in the technology sector. I’m all about technology that makes parenthood easier and more organized, but on the flipside, I don’t think it should replace human interaction.   A few tech brands that had a presence at CES and aim to reach the mom market include Microsoft, HP, Mobi, Eye-Fi, Knowledge Adventure, among others. I had a chance to meet with HP and Snapfish to learn about their latest products, many of which I think you photo fans like me would love.  Even though we just bought a Canon printer/fax machine/copier, I thought HP’s Photosmart eStation e-All-in-One Printer would be a perfect complement to my home office and craft area.  This thing had more functions than any printer that I’ve ever seen. According to HP, the Photosmart eStation e-All-in-One can print, fax, photo copy and scan, plus it has a detachable, full-color, 7″ touchscreen that doubles as a wireless digital companion and control panel for remote printing.  Now, if only it could program the dishwasher and washing machine remotely!   While we’re in the middle of our remodel, my printer has been located in the upstairs bedroom, basement, kitchen and finally, in the office.  And quite honestly, that remote touchscreen would have come in handy and I could’ve avoided lugging my printer from room to room. If you have a craft area in the basement or another area in the house, imagine printing your photos while you work on your scrapbook at the kitchen table.  Convenience is key and I appreciate […]

For over a decade, the NY Technology Forum in Brooklyn (aka GovTech) has given an opportunity for City officials to get together to discuss best practices, network and visit with the vendors who keep NYC’s IT infrastructure running.  Tom visits the Brooklyn Marriott event in this week’s show.  After our Week In Review, listen to the interviews with vendors, award winners for NYC IT and event coordinator and founder, Sal Salamone. Speaking of our Week In Review – It’s time for CES!!! And Robin Raskin will be on during the Week In Review to help kick this year’s Consumer Electronics Show off.  We’ll have coverage of the various events …and maybe interviews from the floor. SOURCE:

Virtual armies of technology enthusiasts won’t be the only attendees at CES this year. They’ll be joined by a fleet of bloggers employed by exhibitors looking to capture the public’s imagination. C.C. Chapman, a “digital dad” and blogger of five years from Boston, will blog for consumer goods maker Kenmore from the floor of the show at the Las Vegas Convention Center and host a blog-themed discussion with company executives. He said:  “Kenmore asked me to go out and cover things you find at CES and share them across social media. Not only  for people at the event but for people who can’t go. “I’m curious to see what’s truly new. I’m excited to know some of the things Kenmore will be showing. Talking about a cellphone is old hat, but talking about a washer is exciting.” Chapman will create video and audio content with an iPhone and two digital cameras and post frequently to Kenmore’s Twitter feed and Facebook page. He’ll check in at locations using Foursquare and Gowalla so that his fans — and his wife and children — can track his movements. He’s based out of the Kenmore booth, which features new products and daily cooking demonstrations,  including a virtual cookery face-off with chefs based in a Chicago studio. Other major exhibitors have tapped big-name bloggers. Chip maker Intel said its strategy involved working with bloggers — or “brand ambassadors” — who attend the show on the company’s behalf. These include mommy bloggers, daddy bloggers, vloggers and podcasters. Allison Wesley, a spokeswoman at Intel, said, “Their advice, networking and content sharing amplify our traditional media efforts at the show so that it reaches consumers where they enjoy tuning in online.” Audiovox and […]