Steve Greenberg with smart toys for kids and gift ideas for grown-ups on the go

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Revell Junior Kits – the new Junior Kit line allows kids to polish their mechanical skills and have a blast doing so. The product line includes a racecar, convertible, police car, off-roader, and a firetruck. Boys and girls as young as 5-years old can assemble these models thanks to an innovative design that allows all of the parts to easily screw together. No glue needed and no additional tools needed. After building, you can zoom the cars all over town. These easy to build vehicles include 21-41 pieces along with enhanced features such as fun decal stickers. They are $17.99 to $29.99 at Hobby Lobby and are also available on Amazon. For more info go to: Revelljuniorkit.com

CogniToys Dino — If you have a curious child who loves to ask lots questions and play games, then CogniToys Dino may just become your child’s new best friend. Quite possibly the most interactive toy on the market, the award-winning smart toy dinosaurs learn alongside your kids, creating an ever-evolving, customized learning experience — all without the need for a screen. The CogniToys Dino explores a wide variety of topics during playtime and participates in educational activities like storytelling, games, questions and answers, and guided meditation. Parents will love that the Dino provides kid-friendly, intelligent responses to questions using a combination of IBM’s Watson technology and Elemental Path’s Friendgine. The Dino is available in a fun green color and can be purchased at your local Toys ‘R’ Us store for a suggested retail price of $99.99. For children 5-9 years old and for more information please log on to www.CogniToys.com

Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set from Learning Resources — Looking for a holiday gift for children that satisfies their desire for playtime fun while teaching them skills that can help them succeed in school—and in life? Look no further than the Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set from Learning Resources, available online at Amazon.com and at your local Toys “R” Us stores. The Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set is an award-winning toy that offers a fun way to help kids 5 and up start to learn coding. They’ll love building a maze and then programming Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse, to race through it to get the cheese. When Colby finds it, he lights up and makes sounds! The play is open-ended, so children can build the maze any way they want, or they can follow the design of the included activity cards. This deluxe set includes over 70 pieces and comes with an Activity Guide and coding cards to help guide the play. The game can be played alone or with family and friends, and was named a Best Toy by Good Housekeeping Magazine and FamilyFun Magazine! It’s $59.99

SAM’s Curious Cars by SAM Labs — Empowering youngsters worldwide to get hands on with smart tech, SAM Labs makes smart construction kits of clever little blocks and a fun app that gives boys and girls the power of technology to build awesome inventions. With the SAM’s Curious Cars building blocks and the SAM’s Curious Cars free app (available across all iOS and Android devices), boys and girls will be stretching their imaginations to create not only cars, but also projects, games, inventions and cool hacks in no time. Designed for youngsters 7 and up. SAM’s Curious Cars kit is $199 at samlabs.com or at Barnes & Noble, SAM’s Curious Cars is a total fun “EdTech” toy to have this holiday season.

TrackR — Similar to how we depend on our phones to remember phone numbers and important appointments for us, TrackR remembers where your stuff is so you can get on with the business of living, knowing you always have what’s important. By attaching a TrackR bravo device to all your valuables — keys, wallets, even pets — you are employing a little memory butler to keep track of all of your things. This not only frees up space and time for you to focus on more important things, but it also  gives you peace of mind knowing that your belongings will always be accounted for. With TrackR’s Crowd GPS network, TrackR customers also have the comfort of knowing that an item is never truly lost. Any time another TrackR user is within range of a lost item, the user will receive an update with the last known location of the missing item. TrackR also recently launched an Amazon Alexa integration that allows anyone with the TrackR app to locate a misplaced phone even if it is on silent mode. TrackR devices are available at www.TheTrackR.comand select retail outlets worldwide.

Navdy Head-Up Display — No more looking down at your phone while driving. Navdy has created the first driving device that projects information from your phone directly in your line of sight, on the road ahead. Navdy incorporates popular Head-Up Display (HUD) technology and its breakthrough user interface projects a transparent image on the road ahead, incorporates Hand Gestures to accept calls with the wave of your hand, a specially engineered Dial, and advanced software that lets you control your phone hands-free. With maps, calls, messages, notifications, music, and car information projected directly in front of you, you’ll never miss a turn or an important message again. For the first time, drivers can Look Forward© while Staying Connected©, and enjoy seamless integration of their phone into the driving experience. It is $33/month through the 24-month 0% financing special or pay $799 today. Plus, it also comes with free shipping, and free same day delivery and installation in certain cities (NY, LA, SF, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Houston). www.navdy.com