NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- KD Interactive, maker of the best-selling line of kid-safe Kurio tablets and smartwatches, today introduces three new and innovative kid tech products for 2017: Aura, the most kid-friendly pilotable drone that is easily controlled by hand gestures made wearing a special glove controller; plus, next-generation versions of two of its most popular electronics items built especially for kids, Kurio Watch 2.0 and Kurio Next.
"Today's kids grow up with technology in their daily lives and have much more sophisticated expectations of what tech can and should do. It is always our goal to bring products to the market that will not only deliver on that expectation and offer great entertainment, but to also deliver a technology experience that is kid-friendly," said Eric Levin, KD Group Strategic Director. "With Aura, we're removing the boundaries of a traditional joystick controller, giving kids an innovative and super cool way to play and ensuring they have a successful first flight right out of the box. With Kurio, it's always been about giving kids the real technology they want, be it wearable tech or tablets, but designing them to be age-appropriate."
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KD Interactive's new products for 2017 include:
Aura is a gesture-controlled drone that uses patented Gesturebotics™ technology powered by LocoRobo. Using a wearable glove controller, kids can pilot the robot using hand motion wearing the glove. Aura can roll, climb walls and fly around the room. A rolling cage protects the robot from crashing, offering fun and safe play.
Previously only used in military applications, this gesture technology disrupts the drone market and turns the traditional RC controller on its head. Aura puts the power in kids' hands, removing the learning curve of using a joystick controller to pilot their flying robot.
To further ensure a great flight experience, Aura will auto take off upon pairing the drone and glove controller, hovering at about four feet off the ground ready to be guided. It will also have height and distance limitations, allowing the drone to be flown indoors and offering a more controlled play experience. Aura will also have headless navigation, meaning that it will always follow your lead, regardless of its orientation.
Aura will be available at major retailers across the U.S. and online in fall of 2017. The MSRP is $99.99.
Kurio Watch 2.0 is the next generation of the popular Kurio Watch smartwatch for kids, following a sellout 2016 holiday season. Kurio Watch 2.0 offers more fun features and customization options: interchangeable wrist bands, including color-changing bands; an expanded selection of fun photo filters and frames; an included screen protector, and more.
Kurio Watch 2.0 still includes all of the fun features that kids have come to know and love: a front-facing camera that's perfect for selfies and videos with fun photo filters; games, including wrist-controlled games, that can be played alone or with a friend; watch-to-watch messaging via Bluetooth; the ability to place or take a phone call when connected with a parent's smartphone (no additional phone plan required); plus, all of the features you would expect from a smartwatch, like a calendar, alarm, fitness tracker, calculator and more.
Kurio Watch 2.0 will be available at major retailers across the U.S. and online in fall of 2017. The MSRP is $59.99.
Kurio Next is an updated model of the award-winning, best-selling, Kurio Xtreme 2 kids' tablet. Kurio Next is a 7-inch Android device that comes pre-loaded with the latest apps and games, including new apps that introduce kids to STEM and coding concepts. It also features "Surprise-a-Week" educational apps, e-books or videos delivered to the device every week for an entire year. A new anti-shock bumper protects the device during extreme play and also makes it spillproof. Kurio Next includes a free lifetime subscription to KD's proprietary Kurio Genius Internet filtering system, which allows kids to safely search the web, covering more than 18 billion websites in 200 languages and providing in-app web filtering.
Kurio Next will be available at major retailers across the U.S. and online in summer of 2017. The MSRP is $99.99.
About KD Interactive
KD Interactive is a division of KD Group, based in Lyon, France. The company has been making innovative kids electronic toys for more than 20 years, working with mass and specialty retailers in more than 20 countries around the world. The company's in-house team of product engineers, scientists and educators is focused on creating products with huge play value that incorporate cutting-edge technologies into learning and childhood development. KD Interactive is well-known globally for its best-selling Kurio® line of kid-safe tablets and smart devices. For more information about KD Interactive, visit Group-KD.com.
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