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The kids are back in school and before you know it, department stores will beat us all in the head with their in-store holiday playlists. Since molding a small, energetic savage into a responsible adult is job where you never get a vacation, I’ve pulled together a few of the parent and kid-friendly gadgets that folks should look out for this fall season.

Android Shield (Android TV)

Price: $199.99

android shield

With more people moving towards “cutting the cable” and getting their entertainment fix from the internet, set-top boxes like Apple TV, Roku and the like are increasing in popularity. High-end tech company NVIDIA released their combination streaming/video game console the Shield. It’s about the size of a small notebook and about the same weight. Shield supports the usual streaming suspects like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO Go. What sets this apart from it’s competitors, though, is that you can also stream video games as well as TV shows and movies. These aren’t cheesy knock-off games either, there’s blockbuster titles like the Batman Arkham series, Borderlands and The Witcher 2.

On the back of the Shield, there are USB 3.0 (The fastest USB speed at the moment) ports where you can plug in an external hard drive with your media collection and a slot for micro SD cards for you to play the weird videos you saved to your phone on a big screen.

Kidz Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset

Price: $24.99


No one entrusts their expensive headphones to hands that aren’t old enough to get a job to replace them. The Kidz Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset is a pair of junior cans that are specifically made for mobile devices and tablets. Since video chatting has become such a big part of how we communicate, the Kidz Gear headset comes with a boom microphone that can swivel up and out of the way when not in use. There’s an adapter that allows parents to plug in their own headphones to monitor what the youngin is pouring into their ears. To protect hearing, there’s even a function that can limit the amount of loud your child can crank the sound up to.

Samsung Gear S2

Samsung S2

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