Even Barbie Has Gone Digital This Year

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Do you know what to get your kids for the holidays?

As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, toys have been getting more high-tech lately, and even Barbie is getting in on the action.

That’s right. Ever fashion-forward, Barbie literally has been shining bright this season. The $50 Barbie digital dress doll features a touch panel with more than 100 multicolor LEDs.

Users can press Barbie’s necklace to watch preset animations, or use a stylus to create their own designs.

For kids who love getting all dolled up, the $70 Barbie digital makeover lets them experiment with makeup virtually, although they will need their own iPads. If they download the app and slip the tablet into the frame, the software uses a forward-facing camera to track faces, and lets kids apply eye shadow, blush, masks and more.

For some high-flying fun, kids can try Flutterbye Fairies or Air Hogs AtmoSpheres. The toys, which each run about $28, seem to float magically. But the secret is actually a built-in infrared sensor that detects your hand, so you can guide it without a remote control.

For the mini-globetrotter, parents can consider buying a subscription to Little Passports, an online adventure game. Each month, a package arrives in the mail that teaches kids about a different state or country. A three-month subscription runs $42.

Even bedtime has gone high-tech with $30 Smart PJs. Parents download the apps, snap a picture with their phone of a set of dots, and can see stories or animal fun facts that kids can read and share.

And to add some tech cred to your dance party, there’s the Tosy DiscoRobo, which runs about $40. Pump up the jam and watch this bot boogie to the beat.

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