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Techy toys dominate must-have Christmas list

Iconic London toy store Hamleys has released its annual list of the top 10 toys for Christmas, with this year’s list feature a heavy tech ilk.

Gone are the days of jack in the boxes and wooden horses, now the must have toys are all electronically enhanced or app syncing gadgets, highlighting the growing tech savvy nature of the nation’s youngsters.

“This Christmas, toys will become truly 21st Century and for the first time, positively reflect the amazing world we live in,” an official Hamleys spokesperson said unveiling the company’s 2014 Christmas list.

They added: “From Cayla, the doll that uses ‘speech-to-text’ technology to look up answers to questions online [to] the state-of-the-art Barbie colour change bag which enables it to literally blend with any outfit the child is wearing; this year’s Top 10 will surpass even the most savvy child’s expectations.

“There is also the Doh Vinci 3D Deluxe Styler that mimics the principles of 3D printing to inspire children’s creativity.”

Following last night’s showing of the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, the kids are even getting in on the smartwatch game with the Kiddizoom Smart Watch.

A camera-incorporating bit of oversized wrist wear, the Kiddizoom Smart Watch will let over fives not only learn to tell the time in high-tech fashion, but take pictures and then edit them directly on the device’s 1.4-inch touchscreen display.

Although this bulky techy toy is a long way from the high-end Android Wear offerings shown at Google I/O, with an integrated motion sensor and a range of customisable watch faces and displays it’s a good £50 starting point.

Further tech inspired additions to the 2014 Hamleys Christmas list include the Wii rivalling Leapfrog LearTV games console, the app enabled Teksta T-Rex robot dinosaur and the sensor laden monster Xeno.

With this many techy toys coming to market, we almost wish we were kids again.

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