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Toy companies are hoping that high-tech toys are going to be at the top of kids' wish lists this holiday season, as a flurry of sophisticated playthings hit store shelves.

The hit list includes:

  • Zizzle, a new company founded by former executives from Tiger Electronics -- now owned by Hasbro -- is launching Iz, a three-legged plastic creature that kids can use to create music, or use as an MP3 player speaker. Hasbro is rolling out iDog, which responds to music and can also be used as a speaker.
  • Mattel unit Fisher-Price will feature an Elmo doll that can be programmed to know a child's name, favorite food, even nap time. Hasbro is updating Furby with more lifelike features and emotions. Woweee Ltd. is unveiling Robo Pet, a remote-control robotic dog that does tricks and responds to its environment.
  • LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:LF - news) will be offering Tic Talk, a working cell phone for kids that includes parental controls. Tek Nek Toys has CoolP3, a kid's MP3 player with parental controls like password protection and volume adjustments.

Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 7:01 AM Miscellaneous | Back to top

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