7 of the best toys, gadgets and tech from China

Tuesday 9th February

Happy Chinese New Year! Feeling playful? Keen to use your opposable thumbs? Good news: 2016 is the year of the monkey! To celebrate we’ve picked 7 cool, fun and quirky examples of toys and tech from China (and nearby):

Mozbii from Taiwan

We’re a little bit in love with this gadget – a stylus for kids that lets them pick and use colours from the real world. Anyone who has used the colour picker on Photoshop will be instantly familiar with the dynamic, but the Mozbii lets children break down the barrier between the virtual and real in order to create and design.

– Kidz Labs and Green Science, 4M Industries from Hong Kong

Interested in solar or salt powered robots? A potato clock? Glowing crystals you grow yourself? Hong Kong based 4M industries produce a wide range of making, science and craft focussed kits – right up our street! While they’re not quite as design led and forward thinking as our kits, they have a great portfolio that makes learning fun around the world.

Doh-Dough from Hong Kong

With a logo that looks suspiciously similar to Play-Doh’s, it’s easy to dismiss Hong Kong¬†based Doh-Dough as a pale imitation… BUT take a look at some of these sets – so much detail and creative possibilities! Pair with our Electro Dough Kit and bring your creations to life!

do dough

IDA PlayMaker scheme from Singapore

It’s always great to see how other countries are embracing the future of creative technology in learning, so we were super excited when the Infocomm Development Agency of Singapore announced that they would be introducing a suite of technology-enabled toys to preschool centres. With the scheme being realised at the start of this year, we look forward to seeing how it goes.

Yuneec Typhoon H drone from Hong Kong

There are hundreds of drones on the market but the Yuneec Typhoon H is the best affordable-but-capable option. Priced at $1,799 / £1,399, it features six rotors, retractable landing gear, and a 4k camera that can shoot HD video and 12-megapixel stills. Founded in Hong Kong in 1999, Yunees are firmly at the forefront of the drone and electric aviation sector. Just stay away from eagles.

Piano Gloves from China

100% sure that if he was alive today, Beethoven would have composed the Eroica Symphony on a pair of these.

Gengu Dinosaur from China

We’re staunch supporters of the maker generation, of a DIY ethos that enables us all to create amazing things and shape our own futures. But sometimes you have to accept defeat. Sometimes you have to accept that with all the papier-mache in the world you won’t get there. Sometimes you just have to buy a life-size animatronic dinosaur. Thankfully Chinese manufacturer Gengu Dinosaurs have a great range.

Gengu Dinosaur