With so many Tablet PCs getting to see the light of day, a tablet device exclusively designed for the use of kids was grossly missing. That was, until the idea struck the good folks at the Shanghai-based manufacturer HIPIKids. The result, an innovative tablet meant only for the use of kids named HIPITouch.
Also, the idea of a kid specific tablet will be liked by those who feel children need to be exposed to computing environments at the earliest possible stage of their upbringing though the standard computer hooked on to the internet may not be the best way for children to learn about computers. The touch tablet HIPITouch will be more appropriate for this task of initiating children to the geeky world or converting them into nerds. And HIPITouch is perhaps the first tablet to be doing so as it might be the first amongst the plethora of tablets that has already been launched or is due to be launched in recent times that has been specifically designed with this aspect of children in mind. Sure there is the cute Rilakkuma SX convertible tablet PC but its cost is as impressive as it looks – a cool $995. We have definitely come across e-readers before that have been built squarely for the kids and this time, here is a complete tablet device to pamper them with.
Clearly, one of the design criteria for those tasked with designing the HIPITouch is to keep the costs down. And the cost cutting measures adopted shows so that what we have with the HIPITouch is a tablet that can’t be termed the fastest out there. Not being a high end tablet is perhaps the indications of there being an Atom CPU somewhere behind 10.1-inch multi-touch screen. The tablet runs the HIPICUBE Linux-based OS, a specially made piece of software aimed to make the device appealing to the young minds.
While the full spec sheets haven’t yet been revealed, what is known is that the tablet will include Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity options while also having 8GB of storage space. Teaser pics of the tablet also reveal the existence of USB and audio ports along the sides of the tablet.
However, the HIPITouch may still be sporting a price tag of $500 when it hits the market in September. If the high price left you disappointed, here’s some hope. A cheaper model is believed to be in the making though with a smaller 7 inch screen. The tablet is likely to have an ARM CPU while the operating system is likely to be Android or Chrome.
So, its one more tablet PC coming our way and another from China though for a change, this one is aimed at kids. And its a welcome change to say the least.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email