Category Archives: Quirky Tech

Quirky Tech is a place for moms, kids, and families to find the best tech, gadgets, apps and video games.

Droid Turbo–Super-Spy Hands-Free Controls

Droid Turbo–Super-Spy Hands-Free Controls

Me: “How now, brown cow? What’s my schedule this week?” Droid Turbo (spoken): “Here are the events you requested. First up, you have a calendar event tomorrow at 4:10pm. The title is ‘Kids’ Dentist Appointments’.” [The phone’s screen displays my entire calendar for the week.] [more]

Win a LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Gaming Console [Giveaway]

We recently had the pleasure of reviewing LeapFrog’s new educational gaming console for kids, LeapTV. It’s a hit in our house and would make a really special gift for some other lucky kids. Want to win one? Of course you do! (Please read the review to make sure it’s a good fit for the kids/family… [more]

LeapTV Gaming Console for Kids [Review]

LeapTV Gaming Console for Kids [Review]

      Most of us with young kids are familiar with LeapFrog’s handheld educational gaming units. Maybe it’s a LeapPad, maybe a Leapster Explorer. Either way, the LeapFrog LeapTV console system was a bit of a surprise. In face, when they asked if I wanted to review out LeapTV, I don’t know what I… [more]

Apps and the Part-time Homeschooler

I have, on occasion, considered homeschooling. I believe that an education is most powerful when kids can learn by following their own interests, and also by putting their learning into use. I also think that our traditional classroom environments stifle kids’ creativity and their nature curiosity. But, for now, and for our family, the benefits… [more]

TiVo Streaming Comes to Android

As a TiVo fan and an Android user, it has been an ongoing source of sadness that two of my besties couldn’t play well together. Well, all that has changed! The newest (bigger, better) TiVo Android app now allows you to stream your content to Android devices with a non-Intel chipset and running Android 4.1… [more]

The Carnegie Science Center Drama, Girl Scouts, and Girls in STEM

The Carnegie Science Center Drama, Girl Scouts, and Girls in STEM

Last week, there was a big brouhaha over a sign at the Carnegie Science Center that listed their scouting classes. After listing nine STEM-tastic activities for the boys (chemistry, engineering, astronomy, robotics), they list one class for the girls. And it’s called “Science with a Sparkle,” focusing on the science behind health and beauty products.… [more]

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) (review)

My kids are more than a little obsessed with Disney Infinity. I don’t even know how many hours they have spent playing with it, but I do know that we have every single character (except the super-special Toys R Us editions – even I can’t justify buying two of everything). When they found out that… [more]

LeapFrog Leapband Review

LeapFrog Leapband Review

This past winter, I visited LeapFrog to learn more about their corporate philosophy, their design process, and their commitment to education. I’m not sure what I expected, but this industrial space adorned with leaf canopies from IKEA wasn’t quite it.  It was clear that the company had embraced their playful side! At the time, John… [more]