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CNET's Guide to This Year's Hottest Hi-Tech Toys

Toys are getting more high-tech, even Barbie. In this CNET holiday gift guide, we'll show you toys controlled by the wave of hand, pajamas that tell bedtime stories and a mirror that does the face painting for you.
Toys are getting more high-tech, even Barbie. In this CNET holiday gift guide, Sumi Das show us toys controlled by the wave of hand, pajamas that tell bedtime stories and a mirror that does the face painting for you.

Planning to hit the high-tech aisle of the toy store this holiday season? Here's a little guidance. 

Ever fashion-forward, Barbie is literally shining bright this season.  The $50 Barbie Digital Dress doll features a touch panel with more than a hundred multi-color leds.  Press Barbie's necklace to watch preset animations or use the stylus to create your own designs.

For kids who love getting all dolled up - the $70 Barbie digital makeover let's them experiment with makeup virtually.  Though you will need your own iPad.  Download the app, then slip the tablet into the frame.  The software uses the forward-facing camera to track faces, and let's kids apply eye shadow, blush, masks and more .

For some high-flying fun, try Flutterbye Fairies or Air Hogs Atmospheres. These 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 on your shopping list, consider 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 these $30 smart pj's. Parents download the apps, snap a picture with their phone of a set of dots, and you'll 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.  How could you not love this face?


For more tech gift ideas, go to CNET.com and click on holiday gift guide.


(Sumi Das,CNET.com for CBS)


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