Voice tech, toys and privacy

SoapBox Labs CEO Martyn Farrow looks at privacy concerns around voice tech and toys – and how the firm approaches building privacy-first kid-specific voice tech.

LEGO Art debuts World Map set containing the most pieces ever included in a LEGO set

The set’s 11,695 elements can be arranged in one of three different ways, allowing consumers to place their favourite part of the world in the centre of the map.

Award-winning game designers Wilfried and Marie Fort on playtesting, pitching and why ideas are like soap bubbles

We caught up with Wilfried and Marie to learn more about how they collaborate, their approach to pitching and what they do to fuel creativity.

Industry stalwart Tom Dusenberry on Parker Brothers, his “Wow-Wow” analysis and why industry standards for inventor relations needs re-establishing

We spoke with Tom Dusenberry about his start in games, his work with inventors and the key to successful pitching.

Reyn Guyer – inventor of classics like Twister and the Nerf Ball – on creativity, collaborations and his new venture, My Friend Wren

We caught up with Reyn to talk Twister, Nerf and his plans for My Friend Wren moving forwards.

Hasbro and Right Angle Entertainment prepare for opening of Clue: An Outdoor Walking Experience

Guests will walk around the famed rooms of the game, interrogate suspects like Professor Plum and Miss Scarlet, and aim to be the first in their group to solve the mystery.

Jazwares to enter the pet toy space with range inspired by Wham-O brands like Slip ‘N Slide and Frisbee

“As we continue to grow Jazwares offerings beyond our core toy and collectibles business, we look forward to bringing our innovative, quality approach to consumer products into the pet category,” said Michael Rinzler, Executive VP/Partner, Jazwares.

LEGO debuts Everyone is Awesome, a set designed to celebrate diversity

“The starting point for this was my feeling that we, as a society, could be doing more to show support for each other and appreciate our differences,” said set designer and Vice President of Design at LEGO, Matthew Ashton.

Hasbro’s Tanya Thompson, Mattel’s Damon Saddler and designer Eric Lang to speak at d4: Tabletop Creative Conference

“Hosting this conference expands on our offerings and aligns with our mission of promoting and supporting areas of popular art that might otherwise not receive the attention they deserve,” said Eddie Ibrahim, Senior Director of Programming at Comic-Con International.

Innovate UK launches Creative Industries Fund

The new funding competition will see Innovate UK invest up to £2.5m in innovative projects from UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative sector.

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