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CTR January 2020
Vol. 28 No. 1 Issue 240
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Winners of the KAPi Prize and the BolognaRagazzi Digital Awards; plus Growing Up in the Future -- A Report from CES 2020

“We must give children the opportunity to interact with nature in a “wild” way, so that they learn to preserve the natural world around us.” Cressida Cowell, author and illustrator of the “How to Train Your Dragon.” https://nyti.ms/31CNzzM

I’m pleased to bring you the results of two important, juried children’s digital media awards that were recently announced, that we help to coordinate: the 2020 KAPi Awards given at CES, and the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award given at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Besides giving some must deserved accolades to some excellent work, these awards help to give reviewers, experts and industry experts the chance to share notes on what they’ve seen. Here are the awards at a glance. If you’d like full details, see page 3.

KAPi (Kids At Play Interactive) Awards
Best Overall Technology Toy: Hasbro's Lightsaber Academy
Best App: Lego Dupo World
Best STEM/STEAM Product: Learning Resources' Coding Critters
Best Creative Experience: Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tori Explorer Pack
Noteworthy School Product: FableVision Studios' Keenville
Best Robotics: Educational Insights' Artie 3000 The Coding Robot
Judge's Choice: Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure
Best Use of Emerging Technology: Virsix's St. Noire
Pioneer Team: ELENCO
Legends: David Small and Paul Rago from Shoot the Moon

BolognaRagazzi Digital Award
Grand prize: The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature by Arte/La Belle Games, France
Mentions: Paperbark by Paper House, Australia; Puku: Learn New Words from Merriam Webster, USA and Pango Musical March, Studio Pango, France
Short List: AR Makr (Line Break, USA); Barefoot World Atlas 4.0 (Barefoot Books, USA); MarcoPolo World School (MarcoPolo Learning, UK); National Geographic VR (Force Field, Amsterdam); Super Simple (Skyship Entertainment, Canada); Thinkrolls Space (Avokiddo, UK); Tongo Circus (Firstconcert Productions, Germany); Noah’s Ark Animalibrium (Giulia Olivares, Italy); Outbreak Squad (New Mexico State University, USA); Star Wars AR Book Holoscanner (Wellbeck Publishing, UK)

Ready or Not... Here Comes our Children’s Future
There’s no escape -- our children will grow up in a world that is very different than the one we grew up in due to new technology. These new innovations will seep into every aspect of their lives, which is why those of us with a background in child development need to stay on our toes.

How do you do that? By connecting the dots of new innovations. There’s no better place to start than the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held each January in Las Vegas. The event is huge, with over 4,000 exhibits and 250 sessions that draw 170,000 attendees from 160 countries. As you roam the endless halls, you encounter tens of thousands of new products.

Because there’s no way to see everything, I like to visit one hall that houses a collection called the CES Innovation Awards Showcase. It’s a gym-sized room with back-lit displays, highlighting the 200 new products that the industry says are the most innovative. There’s a dress belt that detects falls, a fingerprint activated door lock, a pinhead-sized microprocessor that is Amazon Alexa enabled and hydrogen powered drone the size of a child's swimming pool. There are smart fabrics with sensors and batteries and IOT (Internet of Things) appliances. You’ll see window blinds that purify the air, coding blocks for blind children, a robotic tractor that can harvest a field without a driver and a pillow that can detect snores, and adjust the angle of your head accordingly. If you missed the show, don’t worry. I made a video of every product that includes a small information card with a URL so you can learn more. Here’s the link --> https://youtu.be/_FTjSlQ2Pq8
Here are some other noteworthy products I spotted.

ELECTRIC CARS. The days of petroleum powered transportation are numbered. Lithium-based batteries are becoming safer and more powerful, and you can find them in Ford's Mustang Mach-E (aka the Telsa killer). It’s an all electric SUV that can go up to 300 miles on a single charge. You’ll be able to buy one for about $45,000 this fall. Here’s the video --> https://youtu.be/2NG_IhhgI_w

FLY UBERS. The Hyundai Urban Air Mobility vehicle that is part of an urban transportation platform that includes fast charging landing pads and ride sharing capabilities that are being created in partnership with Uber Elevate --> https://youtu.be/icXnrYpTl1o. There’s also the Bell Nexus 4EX, with just four electric powered propellers, for vertical and horizontal travel --> https://youtu.be/ezD0m_jdXN8.

SEE THROUGH DISPLAYS The 70 inch Sharp 8K Interactive Museum Display is giant touch screen designed for use in public spaces. The bright image is made out of 33 million pixels, and the effect is awe inducing, especially when you touch and zoom into artifacts or paintings. Here’s my video---> https://youtu.be/ZEXNijIXEMk. Also noteworthy Sharp’s See Through Display that can switch between transparent and white screen mode for AR effects in such things as storefront windows. See it work at https://youtu.be/O4uwQNm5AXM.

BETTER, CHEAPER VR SYSTEMS The stand alone $400 and up Oculus Quest, reviewed in this issue will help to reinvigorate a specialized app market, in part because it is backed by Facebook. In the video above, you can also find a pair of glasses for people with dyslexia, and these clear AR glasses --> https://youtu.be/uvWk-74HGgU

Watch this year’s Hall of Innovation video, at --> https://youtu.be/_FTjSlQ2Pq8

A Life in Music,

Anne Frank VR*,

Artie 3000: The Coding Robot,

Boolean Box,

Bubbly Primes,


Code Jumper,

Funexpected Math,



National Geographic Explore VR*,

Noah’s Ark Animalibrium,

Oculus Quest,


Wanderer, The: Frankenstein’s Creature,

*Fiete World
Toca Hair Salon 4

Publisher’s Note: Please note our new quarterly format.
Midwinter (KAPi Winners, CES roundup, March 1)
Spring (BolognaRagazzi Winners, April 1)
Early Fall (Back to School, September 1)
Late Fall (Dust or Magic News, November 1)
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