Here is something that will make kids leap (read jump) for joy. Its the LeapPad – yet another tablet targeted at kids showing a growing trend among manufacturers to tap into a segment that is yet to become as crowded as other versions of the tablet PC. So the latest out to woo the young brigade is LeapFrog that till now have been known for their gaming and hand held learning devices for kids.
LeapPad comprises of a 5 inch touch screen that is receptive to finger inputs. The LeapPad also comes bundled with a kid sized stylus which they can use to practice handwriting or hone their drawing skills. Also, with kids as the target consumer, its fun and games that is the central theme along which the tablet has been designed. In fact, the tablet can be considered as one that is aimed at imparting multi-functional edutainment where education has been accorded almost as much priority as entertainment and fun. There are more than a hundred learning games, videos, e-Books, flash cards along with other similar stuff that can keep the kids engaged. The games and other apps can either be downloaded or built in the from of cartridges though the latter is the more pricey option.
Based on the LepFrog’s own Leapster Explorer, the LeapPad will allow the kids to learn a variety of subjects such as maths, science, music, geography, spelling and so on in a fun filled environment. The aim is of course to imbibe into their minds knowledge that they ought to have without making them aware of it. Then the tablet also comes with a built in accelerometer and a camera. The LeapPad includes a microphone along with a video recorder complete with an animation studio that will allow them to edit their own videos!
Also, when its a tablet built specifically for kids, there is also the usual heavy cladding along with all necessary protection built into the LeapPad to ensure the tablet survives to live another day.
The LeapPad is built for kids aged above 4 years and should be seen on the UK retail scene from the middle of this year. The LeapPad is also expected to break into the Australian market from this Spetember onwards.