Become a Whiz with Cubetastic – Surviving a Teacher’s Salary

We were so honored to be featured on the awesome blog, “Surviving a Teacher’s Salary!” Check it out here: https://www.survivingateacherssalary.com/become-whiz-cube-tastic-pai-technology/

Remember that colorful cube most of us have had at least one of in our lifetime but most of us couldn’t actually do anything with it?! Sad to say I have never successfully completed a Rubik’s Cube – and not for lack of trying! Until I picked up my Cube-tastic! cube – then I had it solved in just about 1 minute! It combines this modern cube with a 3D augmented reality via free app that not only helps teach you how to solve your cube but also gives you challenges to work on!

Play & Learn with Cube-tastic by Pai Technology

In the summer we spend a lot of time on the road exploring the USA and Cube-tastic! is absolutely perfect for my entire family. My husband and I enjoy it as much as the kids do! And to be honest this is a GREAT product to use for quiet time in the classroom as well. It makes no noise, is extremely affordable (runs under $20), and not only encourages hand-eye coordination and memory skills but it’s great for helping to develop problem solving skills.

Play & Learn with Cube-tastic by Pai Technology

How do you play Cube-tastic!?

Buy your Cube-tastic! here (USE PROMO CODE Roadtrip for 15% OFF!) , then download the free app on the App Store or Google Play. The app walks you through how to learn and play with the cube! It will remind you to scramble up your cube, and then scan each color specified on the cube. Next it will walk you step by step exactly how to turn and twist the cube to solve it!

Play & Learn with Cube-tastic by Pai Technology

When I first started playing I began just randomly scrambling the cube then following the directions to solve it and timing myself. Now I scramble the cube, try to solve it myself, and then use the app to get the steps and complete the cube. It’s a great tactile and visual activity! You can also do specific challenges to solve in the app. Once solved it unlocks new combinations for endless play.

Play & Learn with Cube-tastic by Pai Technology

The cube is non-toxic and 100% BPA-free. Plus would you believe that the cube is biodegradable!? I LOVE the smooth feel of the cube and like the rounded edges so it’s not quite so boxy feeling. It’s a fantastic price and can be used in so many ways! It’s small enough to toss in your bag and travel with too!

Play & Learn with Cube-tastic by Pai Technology

The Cube-tastic! App is Compatible with:

iPhone 4 or newer
iPad 2 or newer
iPad Mini or newer
iPad Pro
Android smart phone 4.0.3 or newer

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Real Mom of SFV Features Pai Technology

https://www.realmomofsfv.com/2017/04/12/pai-technologys-ocean-pets-cube-tastic/

Let’s face it, as much as we want our kids to be playing with physical toys, it is rather inevitable that they are going to end up playing with tablets. I know as a mom, I try to place rules that limit my daughter’s screen time, as well as ensure that the games she is playing with on the family iPad are educational & meaningful.

With Pai Technology’s Augmented Reality (AR) Toys, not only do they provide an interactive educational experience, but they engage kids in such a way that they want to keep playing AND learning!

We recently got to test out two products from Pai Technology – Ocean Pets & Cube-tastic. Both toys were really neat; however since my daughter is a huge fan of fish & other sea creatures, she really took to Ocean Pets quickly.

Pai Technology Ocean Pets Packaging

First we read the instructions & downloaded the app. Then she used the non-toxic, food-safe putty to shape into different ocean animals.

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Once the clay animals are done, you can take the ocean pets & scan them with your iPad to watch your creature come to life in augmented reality!

Pai Technology Ocean Pets

You get to read fun facts about your pet, learn to take care of it & play special games!

Pai Technology Ocean Pets Fun Facts

Cube-tastic is a 3×3 Puzzle Cube that uses AR technology to solve a puzzle cube with step-by-step tutorials.

Pai Technology Cube-tastic

It’s a great brain teaser toy for kids, as there are countless combinations that you can do that exercise both their hands AND brain!

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For readers of my blog, Pai Technology is offering a special coupon code! You can check out their website here to get info on how to buy. Then use “SFVMOM25” to get 25% off of your purchase! The discount code is good now through April 30, 2017.

Pai Technology Ocean Pets Featured on Tech Age Kids

Make a Virtual Aquarium with Ocean Pets – Review

Pai Technology is on a mission to create products for modern families to help kids play, grow and learn with technology. They have a number of different and really interesting products including Ocean Pets and Cube-Tastic! Pai Technology kindly sent us these AR enhanced toys to try at home.

In this post, we will look at the Ocean Pets activity set and will tell you more about Cube-Tastic in another post.

Disclaimer: Pai Technology provided us with products to review. This is not a sponsored post and our views are always our own.

I got a hands-on demo of Ocean Pets at the recent Bett Show and loved the idea immediately. Ocean Pets is a craft activity injected with AR technology for digitally minded kids. What you end up with is a virtual aquarium with your own homemade fish swimming around in it.

So let’s find out how we got on with the Ocean Pets kit with our kids ages 6 – 10.

Unboxing

Ocean Pets comes in a nicely designed compact box – a perfect size for a great birthday or special occasion gift. The kit comes with 8 silicon fish-shaped moulds, a couple of crafting tools and lots of little, plastic, reusable pots of brightly coloured air drying clay – eight to be exact.

There are 4 small fish-shaped moulds and 4 larger silicon moulds. They are all numbered 1 – 8. This is important for when you get to scanning your fish into the app!

The air drying clay comes sealed to prevent drying out. Once opened and in use, the lovely plastic pots close nice and tight to keep the clay from drying out. When you run out of the clay provided in the kit, you can top-up the pots with more air drying clay.

Our kids were able to make fish with all 8 moulds twice over with the clay provided in the kit.

Crafting Fun

I love the fact that you can mix technology and craft with this kit. Tracy and I set up an Ocean Pets crafting table for our boys to make their fish using the air drying clay. At ages 6 – 10, they all enjoyed the activity. It is a perfect activity for younger kids. Ocean Pets is recommended for ages 3+.

Air drying clay is a fantastic medium for kids to craft with. It makes little mess and is easy to mould. The kids really enjoyed blending colours to make new colours and marbled effects.

The idea is that you use the mould to make your own fish. You can either try to make the fish as it is in real life, or make your own creation. The app has a tutorial on how to make each fish if you wish to make more “real” looking fish.

Once you’ve completed the fish you need to scan it into the app. Go to the app, select the number that matches your mould and scan your fish. We found holding the device at an angle works really well. The kids managed to scan all their fish without any adult support.

Let the fish dry in the mould and then you can pop it out and you have a real life pet fish to play with or make an ocean mobile or hang on your backpack.

The App

The Ocean Pets app is free to download for iOS and Andriod devices (it’s not available on Amazon Appstore yet). We had no trouble finding and downloading it from the AppStore.

Parents may appreciate the fact that no sign up is required to use this app. Just open, scan your fish and you’re ready to play.

We were quite impressed with the accuracy of representation of the crafted fish in the virtual aquarium. The kids were delighted to see their own fish come to life in the water.

Real World Fish
Virtual World Fish

In the app, kids can learn a few facts about the types of fish in the aquarium. They can also take photos or record 10-second videos of their fish swimming in the aquarium. There’s also voice recording capabilities built into the app. Once they are happy with their aquarium, kids can use it as a picture frame or take a selfie with them in the fish tank!

Picture from app in AR mode

We did notice there were more ocean creatures in the app, which we didn’t have moulds for. It’s unclear whether there is an add-on pack to get these moulds, but it says coming soon. We’ll update the post with details soon.

Augmented Reality Experience

The Ocean Pets app introduces young kids to the ideas of augmented reality (AR). Unlike virtual reality which replaces the real world with a simulated world, AR aims to enhance your perception of reality.

We’ve seen lots of different AR apps appear recently where toy makers want to enhance kids experiences by mixing real-world objects in digital environments. Pokemon Go is just one example of AR experiences accessed by children. And there are lots more coming in 2017. (see London Toy Fair Roundup)

Ocean Pets makes it possible for kids to independently scan in a real-world object into a virtual world. Inside the app they can either watch the fish swim in the aquarium or put on some virtual goggles and swim with the fish. They can overlay this virtual world onto the space they are physically in, to experience the fish swimming around the house.

Verdict

We really liked Ocean Pets, especially the idea of combining physical and virtual world activities. With this activity set, kids can have plenty of making fun and enjoy playing on a mobile device. I reckon most parents would be happy for their kids to spend time doing a digital activity like Ocean Pets.
The app is well thought through with lots of things to do and explore including some gameplay. Kids also need to nurture and care for their fish by feeding them. They do look a little sad when they have not been fed!
We think Ocean Pets is a brilliant craft kit and app for kids from ages 3+ and up (even Tracy’s 10-year old enjoyed it!) Pai Technology has done a great job with the AR (augmented reality) technology

We made a time-lapse movie of our craft activity using the HUE Animation Studio Camera:

Circuit Conductor is a Top Toy For Summer! From Toy Insider

 

Read the whole list here: https://www.thetoyinsider.com/spring_summer_guide/nature-educational-toys/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=toynews%5C

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This kit teaches kids about electricity, currents, and magnets through imaginative play. Kids can use 12 special blocks and insulated wires to build circuits and learn about electricity through the companion app. Scan in the physical circuits to view electrical flows in real time with augmented reality, follow tutorials, and play in-game puzzles.

 AGES:4+

 MANUFACTURER: PAI TECHNOLOGY INC.
 MSRP: 69.99

Pai Technology Featured in Reader’s Digest

Read the full article here: https://www.rd.com/advice/travel/gps-tracking/1/

“Times aren’t what they used to be, and parents are nervous just letting their kids walk to school, which is exactly why GPS-enabled smart watches and bands for children are increasing in popularity. Verizon’s GizmoGadget band allows 10 pre-selected contacts (like Mom, Dad, Grandma, and 911) for children to send and receive calls from, as well as offering real-time location monitoring for children wearing the watch-style bracelets. They’re popular among school-age children so parents can virtually follow their little ones with the synced smartphone app to school, play dates, and practices without hovering. (They’re also ideal for seniors with dementia who are prone to wandering.) For parents of younger children (or those you wouldn’t want to grant phone access to just yet), the PaiBand tracks children’s activities like running, jumping, and playing and has various built-in games while quietly tracking their location. Kids are excited to have what seems like a game-enhanced fitness band, while parents slyly enjoy knowing their every move. While you’re at it, keep your L.O.’s safe by never sharing these seven things about them on social media.”

Pai Technology on Huffington Post: Best of CES 2017

Read the full article here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58bafc8ee4b02eac8876cf3b. 

Pai Technology’s CubeTastic and Ocean PetsVideo games have taken over our kids’ lives so it’s nice to see some techie educational games on the market. Pai Technology’s CubeTastic is a puzzle cube that will remind parents of the Rubik’s Cube, but it uses 3D augmented reality to guide kids through the puzzle. Ocean Pets lets kids create their own fish, scan them with their mobile device and then see them come to life with 3D augmented reality. Both products are inexpensive and intended for kids ages 3-12. pai.technology

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Augie featured on The Toy Insider!

Read the full article here: https://www.thetoyinsider.com/augie-augmented-reality-robot-review/.

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“The future is now Augie.

Augie Augmented Reality Robot, from Pai Technology, merges two popular trends in the toy aisles right now: coding and augmented reality (AR). The minibot is designed for preschool kids and introduces them to coding concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Augie is a tiny, sleek-moving robot with a circular screen that looks like an eye. The “eye” will flash images on its screen depending on the action it is performing, and the speakers on the side of the bot play sounds, helping Augie to come to life. It also has four wheels on its bottom, two of which rotate in all directions so that Augie can glide with the grace of a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

Once connected to the Augie app on a tablet or smart device, kids will get to dive into the many features that are available at their fingertips. There are six ways to play with Augie: Freeplay, Trailblaze, Coding Classroom, Coding Control Center, AR Adventures, and AR Coding.

When little ones want to put their coding skills to the test, they can try out one of the coding modes. The Coding Control Center lets kids feel strong and powerful as they build codes and commands for their tiny friend to follow. Coders can use the functions on the left side of the panel to control how Augie moves, what sounds it makes, and what it displays on its screen. Kids can easily edit and remove functions if they are not satisfied with the end result, and once they like what they have created, they can save the command and access it at any time. Kids will spend hours coding commands that send Augie in all direction in the kitchen, and then top it off with a barking noise that will fool even the slyest house dog.

Freeplay is an easier way for kids to interact with their smart friend. Using a smart device, kids can move Augie forward, backward, left, and right. They can even change the color of the lights that it emits, and play noises or record their own silly sounds for it to project. For even more fun, tilt the tablet and prepare to be amazed as Augie moves in the same direction. Trailblaze is a similar mode where kids draw a path for Augie to follow, and then add fun effects for it to display on its screen.

The AR Adventures combines the challenge of coding with the excitement of AR. During this mode of play, kids use the bottom control to play the game, and the touchscreen joystick to move Augie around and help him battle the enemy. Players help Augie release lasers and collect the AR coins as they improve their health and move through each level. Kids can play games such as Hide and Seek and Super Augie Maze, or even create unique games and control how it is played by dragging obstacles and setting time parameters.

When kids immerse themselves in Augie’s world, they’ll enter a universe that is full of critical thinking challenges disguised in cool technological functions and capabilities. Here at the toy Insider, we like to call that a win-win. 😉 “