Author Archives: Ben

One of the more interesting things I noticed coming out of CES

During CES last week, Panasonic unveiled a partnership with Nordic Track involving a treadmill connected to the Internet. As you can see from the video, the outcome is a way to have a virtual outdoor run using Google Maps Street … Continue reading

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Research on Fun and Active Play at Recess

Cool findings coming out of a project at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Clinical Research Program at Children’s Hospital Boston. The research, led by Dr. Stavroula Osganian, studied 30 different recess games to determine how much energy kids expend … Continue reading

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Announcing Cabin Fever Toys

On November 11, 2010, we are announcing Cabin Fever Toys to an audience of technology investors, media, and others as part of TechStars Seattle Demo Day. It has been a long path to get to this day and we’re super … Continue reading

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Don’t forget to make it fun

As I continue to develop the brand, product ideas, the launch product, and pitch to partners and investors, it’s becoming clear that toys for active play need to be fun. It looks obvious and a little stupid to put that … Continue reading

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Ride baby ride

Loving this new discovery today. The Kidexerciser is a tool that connects the power source on your TV to a stationary bike. You want to watch TV? Better get to pedaling, kid. Cool idea and love that it uses the … Continue reading

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Kidnapped by Screen Time

Fresh statistics today! Turns out children and teens in the United States spend an average of seven hours a day using television, computers, phones and other electronic devices for entertainment, compared to an average of three hours a day watching … Continue reading

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Little Tony Little

I’m always struck by the toy industry’s determination to miniaturize adult things and try to pass them off as toys. This was something to laugh about last year in the wake of Little Tikes Young Explorer Kiddie Workstation, which is … Continue reading

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Exploring active play for kids

It’s hard to get around the fact that parents are worried about the way kids play these days. In fact, 80% want their kids to play actively outdoors more often.  “When I was a kid, my parents sent me outside … Continue reading

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