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4 Tech gadgets your kids will love

Lauren Fairbanks is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor who has penned for AOL, Young Money, and Eating Well Magazine, among others. She's also the founder and editor of LifeStyler, a NYC centric guide to budget living.

Fun technology for kids

Kids are becoming more and more integrated with tech every year -- so much so that gadgets that were marketed toward adults a mere 5 to 10 years ago are being re-designed and re-targeted toward toddlers and young children. Given the ever-changing market of tech kids' toys, we've picked out four of our favorite new kids' devices.

1Hello Kitty Walkie-TalkiesHello Kitty Walkie-Talkies

Walkie-talkies are no new tech venture for kids - these fun devices have been circulating for a while now. But the Hello Kitty-branded walkie-talkies we tested out recently had a pretty good range of 20 to 30 feet and the ability to educate your young one on how to use and interpret morse code, if you're into that sort of thing. Price: $20

H2ello Kitty Photo and Video Camera

Hello Kitty video camera

For the aspiring documentary filmmaker, there's a Hello Kitty-branded video camera. Equipped with AV outlets that you can sync up to a television (which prompted our child reviewer to repeatedly ask for the "Lina channel"), the USB-enabled device has decent -- though not fantastic -- visual quality. (The quality was more than good enough for a children's camera that, depending on their age, is likely going to take a beating.) The only major downside to the device was that the camera didn't come with an attached SD card. Price: $40

3Gummy Bears Gummy Ear BudsGummy Bears Gummy Ear Buds

Perfect for road trips or when your kids play loud video games, these Gummy Bears-branded headphone ear buds not only look like the fun, kid-friendly candies we all grew up eating, they also smell like them. Price: $5

4Spongebob Squarepants iPad case

Spongebob Squarepants iPad case

We're not sure how many toddlers are walking around with their own personal iPads to play interactive kids' games on, but if yours does, you might want to look into a theme iPad case to keep it safe from scratches. The one we checked out featured a prominent visual of SpongeBob SquarePants and could easily double as a small travel sack for toys or other accessories, though the material was a bit scratchy and could stand an upgrade. Price: $5

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