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January 07, 2014

CES Sees Family-centric Technology Goodies

The International CES (News - Alert) is buzzing with all the latest in consumer technology, and one company is putting their energy into a family-centric line of products.

Fuhu, Inc. unveiled a slew of new products geared towards the family unit, including tablets, cameras, speakers and accessories that deliver all of the technology experiences one can expect from said devices, but in a safe and fun environment.

2014 will be the year Fuhu launches these kid and parent-friendly devices, which include a new Android (News - Alert)-based operating system with more than 200 new features, including the first COPPA compliant social networking app for kids to connect with parents, relatives and family friends via email, IM and photo sharing, and utilities that teach children to tell and manage time, manage and plan a calendar of events and adjust and plan for changing weather conditions.

The company will also launch the nabi S line of tablets.

Peripherals include the nabi cam baby monitor, and nabi Karaoke, a portable hi-fi speaker and microphone turns a nabi 2 or nabi Jr. into a fun Karaoke machine.

"We are invested in delivering custom experiences and solutions," said Jim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu in a statement. "Our latest line continues our commitment to creating solutions that are socially responsible, made right and make a difference in people's lives. These new products are more than just fun tech, they provide kids with the authentic experiences they have come to demand and parents with the confidence to let kids learn in new ways and assurance to let their kids explore, play and learn safely."

Technology use within family circles has been a much debated topic, with analysts divided on the positive or negative effects it might have. Regardless, we are living in a digital age, and companies like Fuhu recognize that and are speaking to the tech-centered family.

There is something deeply cynical about the way a lot of research tries to dress up the fragmentation of family life by technology, but the reality is the simple, mundane experiences can be shared through various devices and add a few more vital ties that bind on otherwise uneventful days.

New technologies are radically changing the way that families connect with one another: we can text our teenagers from work, eat dinner with far-away parents via video link, and instantly upload and share photos after a family day out. Whether we are bridging time or distance, and whether we are enhancing our closest relationships or strengthening the bonds of extended family, as computer technologies alter the communication landscape, they in turn are changing the way we conduct and experience family life.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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