The annual Paris Kidexpo entertains children and predicts Christmas hits. Angela Moore reports.
Old fashioned children's' toys meet new technology at the annual toy fair in Paris. At the Kidexpo, child-sized robots wowed the crowds. Some of the new robots even understand voice commands. SOUNDBITE: Julien Blanchet, Chief In Charge of Meccano Products, saying (French): "The new thing about this robot is that there is an enormous amount of technology integrated into the robot, but the technology is very easy for a child to use, like I said, it has voice recognition, a child from the age of seven or eight years old, can talk to him and tell him what to do and the robot will react according to these demands." Remote-controlled drones created a lot of buzz. But the drones had to compete for airspace with fluttering, flying fairies. While new technology is always popular, old-fashioned favorites like Lego continue to build an audience. SOUNDBITE: Anne-France Mareine Brichard, General Commissioner of Kidexpo Toy Fair, saying (French): "Everything is connected of course, because they are born with smart phones and tablets in their hands, but equally they like toys which involve construction, and develop a child's imagination." The Paris toy fair is often a predictor of what toys will be on every child's Christmas list. SOUNDBITE: Cyndy Devillers, mother, saying (French): "It is a good way to prepare for Christmas, to see the toys and to try them out with children." If you don't have an appetite for new technology, there are still some low-tech toys that may appeal to your tastes.