The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Holiday 2013

SPY GEAR: PANOSPHERE

Spy gear is just so darn cool! Assuming the persona of James Bond or Sidney Bristow with all their super cool gadgets and gizmos is the kind of imagination play that pre-teens love and parents appreciate. The Panosphere is an awesome spy camera that actually records 360-degree video of whatever room your spy places or slides it into. It features a movable camera eye, and it is really quite small and the technology is pretty darn sophisticated for a toy. First, there are no batteries required! Yes, go ahead and read that again. Power comes via a quick 10 minute USB charge. Secondly the Panosphere comes with its own video review software so that you can make sure you have completed your assignment successfully. Finally there are two lenses that can record a panoramic shot of the room and a fish eye for that warped, wide effect. Our favorite comment came from a Mom who told us she was going to use this to catch the “Not Me” ghost who resides in her home!

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Recommended Age: 8 and Up
Price: $ 59.99

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A Seal of Approval review involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight-week period.

Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

There are three testing periods each year:

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Each submission must be accompanied by a $295 product testing fee (we offer multiple submission discounts). This fee covers the cost of testing, nothing more. It is non-refundable and has no bearing on the result of the testing. Additionally, we require three samples of the product or access codes for online submissions.

FYI about the Seal of Approval

* Winners of the Seal will be announced in a media release which is distributed to over 4700 media outlets including Facebook, Mommy bloggers and TV station websites.

* The report is forwarded to buyers at over 350 major retail and on-line stores including Amazon, Walmart and Target. Amazon features Seal winners on product pages.

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* Links to company websites and a license to utilize the trademarked Seal of Approval artwork on marketing, packaging and web design are available exclusively to Seal winners for additional fees.

* Submitting a product does not secure or guarantee being awarded a Seal of Approval

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