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Photos: Where toys meet tech

To appeal to today's gadget-enamored kids, toymakers are blurring the line between toys and electronic items.

Where toys meet tech

To appeal to today's gadget-enamored kids, toymakers are blurring the line between toys and electronic items. The sleek and modular hip-e desktop computer was designed for teens with the help of teens. It costs about $1,900.

Credit: hip-e

hip-e

Where toys meet tech

At first glance, Hasbro's palm-size I-Dog looks like a gene splice of Apple's iPod and Sony's Aibo robot dog. It moves to music coming from speakers or played through its own earphone jack.

Credit: Hasbro

Hasbro I-Dog

Where toys meet tech

LeapFrog's Fly, billed as a computer in a pen, has attracted lots of interest in the toy industry. The gray-and-white device, priced at $100 and scheduled for release in the fall, manages a variety of tasks, including games, music and foreign-language translation, by reading words and symbols its users write on special paper.

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LeapFrog Fly