Kurio has come up with a kid-specific tablet at the ongoing CES event which breaks convention as it is 4G compatible. Until now, manufacturers would usually stick to Wi-Fi connectivity for tablet devices meant for kids to ensure control over their usage of the device. Verizon would be the carrier of choice for the Kurio tablet and is schedule to launch its Share Everything plans around the same time.
As for its features, the Kurio Tablet will run Android 4.2 (sorry, no KitKat for the kids) but with enough modifications to ensure parents have an idea of what their kids are up to. Kid specific tablets and parental controls are almost synonymous, and the Kurio Tablet isn’t an exception to this too. As such, the tablet will allow the creation of up to eight separate user profiles, each having their own set of parental controls. Users can always remaining within the levels of control even if the tablet is shared by more than one child of different age groups within the household. The tablet also boasts of Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility.
As a further precaution, the tablet will also feature Kurio Genius Internet filtering system that scans more than 450 million sites everyday to ensure maximum possible immunity for the kids against harmful sites. Parents will also be able to block sites that they feel are unsafe for their kids, a necessity for a tablet that has advanced connectivity options.
What comes next is even more intriguing: a smartphone device for kids which has the potential of creating a whole new segment in itself. The Kurio Phone will be 3G compatible but will be the first to hit streets, as the device is likely to be ready for action by spring this year. The rest of the specs of the Kurio Phone include a multi core processor (of unknown make), 1 GB of Ram, 4 GB of storage along with a 4 inch 800 x 480. The Kurio Phone will also come with its own set of controls which includes alerts issues whenever the user has ventured out of a pre-determined area, parent locks on new contacts without approval before making calls or sending messages, and more.
The launch is expected to happen around summer this year. It’s not known what the Kurio Tablet and Kurio Phone will cost, though there is likelihood of a bundled offer for parents opting to buy both the tablet and smartphone for their kids.