#2013CES – The Best in Tech for Tweens and Parents

The KidzVuz Team headed out to Las Vegas for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show at CES to cover the best of tech and electronics for tweens and their parents.  Connected Smart TVs and OLED TVs from Samsung wowed us.  Cool Android Cameras from Samsung and Poloroid sent our inner shutterbugs buzzing.  And we saw tons of cool cases, accessories, tablets and headphones that we know every tween would want.  Not to mention portable speakers for iPods that will definitely be seen again on our Camp Guide this Spring.  Check out the cool stuff and let me know what you’d like to own!

  1. Hang ten! Check out the surfboard mount from @sonyelectronics in their action camera. #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/FUMFIaD5
  2. Ooh- @poloroid Fotobars are opening around the country this year. Print in metal, bamboo-cool #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/080XhkxN
  3. Hi-def sports video camera @poloroid only $69-199! So awesome for skiing, boarding, sports loving kids. #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/goOzgNS1
  4. Still love the instant gratification of instant film. @poloroid #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/Z7ab20qK
  5. Love the @poloroid android camera with interchangeable lenses #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/7yssylPk
  6. Love the $149 @poloroid kids tablet. Lots of fun preloaded game apps and kids age browser. http://pic.twitter.com/674LYIf3
  7. Check out the MobiTour Bluetooth speakers at @iluv_world #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/P4KESAQZ
  8. Loving the super cute neon earbuds at @iluv_world and new ReF headphones. #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/SQfGkwQ6
  9. Fun new products from @radioshack including this cool glass shield for mobile phones. At @techlicious #techtea http://pic.twitter.com/tGgFpniY
  10. Super high tech garbage cans. Solar powered compactor that tells the collector when it’s full. #vzwbuzz #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/UvG5D7gD
  11. Checking out all the smart connected health devices @verizonwireless. #vzwbuzz #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/TMseNgzt
  12. Does your kid play football? Or bike? New @vzwbuzz helmets keep track of the impact.
  13. Mustaches are officially out and sunglasses are in. You heard it here first. #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/zTbPqriX
  14. Who lives in a pineapple/iphone under the sea? @griffintech #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/uCUD1MoN
  15. OMG! Every tween girl’s dream! A blingable case for your phone. DYI! @blingmything. Fantastic. #2013CES http://twitpic.com/btn4wc
  16. Loving this laser cut iPad case from @bosign Gorgeous! http://twitpic.com/btn3x2
  17. Perfect portable speakers for camp and only $10! Love. @jamspeaker http://pic.twitter.com/DgnJHmPX
  18. Love rockin’ out in the shower. Check out the @jamspeaker splash http://pic.twitter.com/LTjkOY2c
  19. Pic of the @jamspeaker drop proof (kid proof) speakers. http://twitpic.com/btmqgv
  20. Cameras that let you project videos right from the camera. Or from your other devices. Cool. @sonyelectronics http://twitpic.com/bu3iis
  21. Even your dog cam take awesome action shots. @SONYELECTRONICS #2013CES http://twitpic.com/bu3i2d
  22. Ooh @Hip2Housewife is being indoctrinated into the future at @verizonwireless #vzwbuzz #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/e6XjJGvl
  23. Ultimate media and data monitoring for parents. Whoa. #vzwbuzz #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/PR0DXYT9
  24. A fireplace of light. Built in to the table top, keeping food and drinks hot or cold – and even cooking. #whirlpool2020 http://pic.twitter.com/bQDqBign
  25. The craziest, weirdest, totally unexpected, funnest thing at #CES2013 so far: bit.ly/ZrzDQh
  26. These are oven hoods. Seriously gorgeous. #whirlpool2020 #2013ces http://pic.twitter.com/K28ilULX
  27. Get social with your @samsung smart hub TV. So cool. #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/LSsLIhmD
  28. Galaxy Note II so great. Still think its a great all in one device. @samsung #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/b2Y3K3oc
  29. So in love with the @samsung Galaxy Camera. So perfect for shutterbug bloggers and parents. #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/r72T637B
  30. @SamsungMobile debuted a cool bendy screen prototype phone at this weeks #CES2013. Would you buy one..? http://pic.twitter.com/w3dcSuYd
  31. Check out this touch table from @Samsungtweets. It reacts to over 50 points of contact. Pretty cool IMO. bit.ly/VXuI8y
  32. Microsoft and Samsung demos ‘shapeshifting’ display, fills room with images – engt.co/WtG2bQ #EngadgetCES
  33. The lower right corner of this @Samsungtweets fridge can change from freezer to fridge whenever you need it! http://lockerz.com/s/275891505
  34. Our revamped Social Hub is easy to navigate. smsn.us/6011Vqnh It’s even easier with Voice Recognition and Gesture controls. #CES2013
  35. [PHOTO] See the Galaxy Camera, close-up at the #SamsungCES booth. http://smsn.us/6011VoCD See more. http://pic.twitter.com/X1bghOqu
  36. Kindle Touch updated with new UI, Whipersync for Voice and comic book navigation – engt.co/UOjw2Q #EngadgetCES
  37. Playing virtual air hockey with @Lenovo Horizon Table PC #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/sKV12fwc
  38. Checked out @gibsonguitar booth #2013CES and learned about their new auto tune tech! http://pic.twitter.com/lwDkcaBD
  39. . @MHEducation has smartbook – worlds first adaptive ebook #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/owa9ep1A
  40. Ibitz Uses Your Child’s Physical Activity To Power Games, Earn TV Privileges on.mash.to/RDmXXJ #CES #2013CES
  41. . @FisherPriceNews – Imaginex apptivity fortress (&figure line )- interacts w/ iPad app #2013CES #pepcomces http://pic.twitter.com/8cToaIZU
  42. Ckecking out @sonyelectronics PlayStation Book of Spells. Controller turns into Wand! #sonyCES #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/S1Z7bAdR
  43. Fully immersive multi-player gaming (each has own view via glasses) via @sonyelectronics XBR -84X900 #sonyCES #2013CES http://pic.twitter.com/rfRykgvO
  44. New RC racers controlled by android or ios! Add to our kids’ wish list. @griffintech #CES2013 http://pic.twitter.com/npb7qo0h
  45. @PanasonicUSA you can edit photos on your tv with touch pen. Swipe & share lets you view content on your tv #ces2013 http://pic.twitter.com/HYWGgCPo

The Birthday Party That Almost Killed Me

Ok, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration.  But every year I swear I am not going to have a big party for my girls.  I’m not going to knock myself out and spend a ridiculous amount time planning and executing a custom party.  And then with four days to go I find myself schlepping down to Economy Candy on the Lower East Side to find the perfect candy toppers for the 60 cupcakes I’m baking for their school parties.  And suddenly I’m hauling the couch across the living room, clearing out furniture and strewing crepe paper from corner to corner while standing tip toe on the edge of a chair.  No matter how hard I try I just have to give in to my inner Martha and create the party of my daughters’ dreams.

This year we did an (Almost) Sleepover complete with a spa set up in their bedroom with wind-chime music, a manicure station, scrapbooking with the super cool sticker pictures we printed on a Poloroid PoGo printer and a relaxation station stocked with back issues of Highlights and American Girl Magazines.  Once the girls were beautified and relaxed we herded them into the kitchen for an ice cream sundae bar with a candy bonanza of toppings.  These are the liberties you can take when they girls are not staying the night!  Then they headed into the living room/disco where the music was thumping (thanks Pandora!) the disco light was swirling and the limbo contest sent the girls into a frenzy.  Some Wii Karaoke with Disney Sing It!  And then, just when it seemed we couldn’t pile on yet another activity we brought out the awesome cakes that were topped with incredibly special and unique toppers courtesy of You Cake.  (full disclosure: the fab moms at You Cake gave me the toppers for free and I attended a super fun You Cake event at Moon Soup the following weekend – but I wouldn’t write about them if they truly hadn’t turned out a superior product!  I’m just not that easy.)

It was a smashing success, but the next day – Mother’s Day – I felt like hell.  Congested, coughing and exhausted for the next 4 days I pretty much swore I’d never do it again.  But I guess it’s like labor.  Give it enough time and you forget the true horror and only remember the well worth it result.  My daughters are already throwing out ideas for next year.  I just stare at them with a glazed expression and nod my head.

Here are pics of the really amazing You Cake toppers.  You can see how creative and artistic they are.  Much different than the typical “photo” cake because they customize them to your theme or interest.  Also, you can take the topper right on over to your bakery and have them lay them on top and finish the border with icing, or you can do it yourself on a homemade or store bought cake.  Honestly, these were a huge hit.  My daughters adored them.