Winners of the first-ever Kids at Play Interactive (KAPi) awards were unveiled this week at the Kids@Play Summit that took place at the CES in Las Vegas.
The awards highlight products that raised the bar for innovation and excellence for children’s technology during the past year, including applications, video games, CD-ROMs, internet sites, smart toys and web-enabled CDs and eBooks sold in the US, targeting children 15 and younger. The winners were drawn from a pool of nearly 500 contenders using a public nomination process.
The 2010 winners are:
Best Children’s App: Wheels on the Bus from Duck Duck Moose Design for tapping the potential of multi-touch for children.
Best Interactive Toy: Tag Reading System from LeapFrog Learning for using technology to help children decode print.
Best Children’s Web Site or Service: Deep Brain Stimulation from Edheads for empowering children with a powerful, realistic simulation.
Best Music and Rhythm Product: The Beatles Rock Band from Harmonix Music Systems for setting a new standard in the rhythm-game genre, and helping to bridge the generation gap.
Best Computer Software: World of Goo by 2D Boy and Brighter Minds Media for playfully introducing powerful scientific building concepts in a puzzle setting.
Best Title for the Nintendo DS or DSi: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box by Level-5 and published by Nintendo for offering children a quality problem solving experience.
Best Hardware or Peripheral Device for Kids: iPod Touch (2009 Edition) from Apple for giving children access to thousands of affordable multi-touch experiences.
Best Informal Learning Experience: SCRATCH v. 1.4 from the MIT Media Lab for effective use of public grant money to create a product that anyone can use at no cost.
Best Video Game for Kids: LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition from Sony Computer Entertainment America for playfully transforming a game console into a powerful creativity tool.
Best Virtual World: Club Penguin by New Horizon Interactive for the Disney Interactive Media Group for continuing to innovate with new features and translation features.
Digital Pioneer for Kids: Mitchel Resnick from the Lifelong Learning Group at the MIT Media Lab led the team that created the SCRATCH programming language, recognized as the individual that has made the largest impact on children’s technology design.
KAPi awards finalists were selected by a group of publishers and critics at the Dust or Magic Institute and the winners were determined by Kids@Play Summit attendee popular vote. For more details about the selection and screening process, visit www.ChildrensTech.com/KAPis.