This past week, I visited with VTech about a new and exciting product that will be released later this year. They have a new product they are calling the InnoPad. What I love the most about this is that you will be able to spend less than $100 to get your children their OWN “iPad” — which saves you money! In fact, the suggested retail price will be $80 with games running $25 each (but you know me – I’ll find you a deal on them one way or another). The recommeded age for this device is 4-9.
Here are a few features that I wanted to share with you:
Interactive, Animated E-books
Stories come to life through interactive, animated e-books that offer story narration, character voices, animation, vivid graphics, sounds and music. Kids will learn and enjoy reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, word building, and interact with animated characters. As they read, kids will watch the words highlight and can touch individual words to hear them pronounced. Each e-book comes with a story dictionary offering word definitions that are easy for kids to comprehend and helps with the context of the story.
Using the touch screen and tilt-sensor, kids can have hours of fun with learning games. They can control how they play, and develop the skills of using touch applications including tap, flick, pat and drag-and-drop so they can have the same technology and fun as parents do with their touch-screen devices. Using the tilt-sensor they can control the onscreen fun by turning, tilting and moving the tablet in different directions to manipulate the image on-screen.
The tablet lets kids bring out their creative side with an Art Studio offering painting and drawing applications they can use with their fingers or the included stylus. It also provides a Photo Viewer/Editor.
Feature-Rich Software Cartridges
The tablet offers full-feature cartridges providing interactive e-books, learning games and creative activities. Kids can play and learn with their favorite characters, such as Toy Story, Dora the Explorer and Disney Princesses. This expanding library of cartridges starts with nine titles at launch, including:
- Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2
- Disney Fairies
- Disney Princess
- Dora the Explorer
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- The Penguins of Madagascar
- SpongeBob Squarepants
- Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story
Kids can maintain their multi-media lives with the tablets integrated MP3 player to listen to their favorite songs, as well as view videos with the Video Player. Other integrated applications include a Calculator, Calendar, Notepad, Clock with personalized voice alarm and Friends Address Book.
The tablets easily connects to a PC or Mac computer via USB port and has an SD card slot for memory expansion so you can download interactive e-books and learning games from VTech’s Learning Lodge Navigator (www.vtechkids.com/download). Over 100 download titles will be available by the end of the year. Parents can also use the Learning Lodge Navigator to stay abreast of their kids progress on a variety of educational milestones and lessons.
As I learn more about actual release information, I will pass it along to you. I, for one, I looking forward to checking this one out up close!