When it comes to electronic gadgetry, no one rocks it better
than mom and dad, which probably explains why kids can't keep their
hands off seriously expensive means of communication.
VTech gets that, and consistently creates cutting-edge ways to
bring education and entertainment ("edutainment" as insiders call
Encouraging kids to love learning while teaching them the value
of technology used in a positive way is key, and this past fall saw
the introduction of the V.Reader, a kiddie Nook, and MobiGo, a
handheld learning system, both for little ones ages 4-9, and both
with touch-screen technology.
This year, it's all about iPad-like awesomeness with the
introduction of the VTech Innopad, a multi-media, educational
tablet designed for children ages 4-9 that combines interactive and
animated reading, learning games, creative activities and a rich
collection of applications.
Not only that, but it features a 5-in. brilliant color
touch screen LCD, a tilt-sensor for game
control and a microphone, as well as interfaces for USB, an
SD card and a headphone jack, all housed in a sleek, kid-tough,
compact design for easy portability.
But wait, there's more...
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, the words are highlighted. Kids 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 that help with the context of the story.
Learning Games: Using the touch screen and
tilt-sensor, kids can control how they play and develop the skills
needed to navigagte applications including tap, flick, pat and
drag-and-drop just like mom and dad.
Creative Activitiea: The tablet lets kids bring
out their creative side with an Art Studio - think painting and
drawing applications - they can use with with touch or or the
included stylus. It also provides a Photo Viewer/Editor.
Software Cartridges: Full-feature cartridges
provide feature rich, fully interactive e-books, learning games and
creative activities. Kids can play and learn with their favorite
characters from Toy Story, Dora the
Explorer and Disney Princesses, to name a few.
This expanding library of cartridges starts with nine titles at
Applications: Kids can maintain their
multi-media lives with the tablet's 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.
Online Value: The tablet easily connects to a
PC or Mac computer via USB port and has an SD card slot for memory
expansion interactive e-books and learning games can be downloaded
from VTech's Learning Lodge Navigator (www.vtechkids.com/download). More
than 100 download titles will be available by the end of the year.
Parents can also use the Learning Lodge Navigator to stay on top of
their kiddos' progress on a variety of educational milestones and
Though a final launch date has yet to be announced, the Innopad
will retail for $79.99 and will be available at VTech's retail
partners, including Target, Toys R' US, Walmart, Amazon.com and VTechKids.com
Take note: Cosmotot does not accept pay for play. The
product information featured has been submitted by VTech Toys, then
tried and tested by Maria Pilar Clark, a straight-shooting mom to
two, who is the writer and creator behind Cosmotot. As a social
media strategist for VTech Toys, otherwise known in the virtual
world as the "VTech Mom," Pilar does have a working relationship
with the VTech brand.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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