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Top Tech Toys for the Holidays

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, December 18, 2008

Some of the top tech toys...for kids of all ages. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Despite the economy....it's been a pretty good year on the technology front. If you're still shopping for gifts....here's a mixed bag of suggestions...

Apple's second generation iPod Touch is the closest thing to being a must have gadget. It's an all in one music and video player, game player, digital photo viewer and Internet device, with what is still the best, most intuitive software interface around.

The Wii Fit with its balance board turns Nintendo's Wii video game console into a family room gym. The included software makes the 90 dollar price a bargain.

For students and note takers of all kinds.... Livescribe's Pulse Smartpen will amaze you. It links your notes with digital recordings...saved in the pen.

Another great use of technology for students and avid book readers are the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader. Both use digital ink technology and can store hundreds of books in lightweight devices that are a pleasure to use.

Kids and more than a few grownups will get a kick out of the EyeClops Night Vision Goggles from Jakks. They really do work.

For younger children....LeapFrog's Tag Reading System uses a small camera in the tip of a pen shaped device...to help them learn to read. And when the little ones want to use the family computer.... a new program called Itza Bitza...using unique technology brings their drawings to life. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.