The latest kid on the tablet block is also targeted at kids. Its the InnoPad tablet from VTech, the same company that has earlier pampered the kid community with VTech Flip or the VTech Reader, the first e-reader to be built exclusively for the young minds. So it shouldn’t be surprising if the company now has a kid specific tablet device to offer as well.
Built for the 4 to 9 age group crowd, the InnoPad comes in as a fun device that also includes “interactive and animated reading” as well as educational gaming besides also offering a host of other creative activities.
The InnoPad comes with a 5 inch full color touch screen LCD, a SD card slot and a USB port. Other convenient features include a tilt-sensor for gaming control, microphone and a headphone jack. Also, a distinctive aspect of the InnoPad is the tough durable casing that covers the tablet along with all its delicate innards, something that is a must for devices targeted at kids considering the tough treatment that the tablet will surely be facing in their hands.
The InnoPad will also include a MP3 player that will belt out cool music when desired. Content such as interactive learning games can be loaded via game cartridges while the tablet will also be receptive to content downloaded when brought in sync with a computer.
Speaking of the device, the Director of Marketing at VTech Electronics North America, Mr. Tom McClure said, “Anyone who has used a tablet device knows its greatest value is its versatility, especially the wide range of applications that provide a unique experience for the user.” Tom McClure also believes the tablet is an excellent tool to let children learn in a fun environment. “Most parents would be hesitant to give their own gadgets to young children, however, VTech has taken that cutting-edge tablet technology and applied it to the InnoPad, which encourages early learning in a fun product that is just right for kids.”
Also, Dr. Eric Klopfer, Director of the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program as well as Director of The Education Arcade who also serves as an VTech Advisory Council Member has some assuring words to share that undermines the effectiveness of a device such as the InnoPad in the learning process of kids. “The InnoPad capitalizes on the features and applications of tablets, but adapts them in a way that makes it safe and appropriate for kids, while maintaining their fun and educational value,” said Dr. Klopfer.
The InnoPad is also endearing cost wise as its just $79.99 that each unit will cost whereas each cartridge will come for $24.99.
via vtech pr