Inspiration Works intros Android tablet for tykes
Skates out, slates in
Toy Fair 2012 Here at the Toy Fair 2012, the fact technology dominates kids' entertainment is clear as day. Inspiration Works aims to capitalise on this trend with a tablet specifically targeted towards nippers.
The Kurio is an Android 4.0 based slate, spruced up with a kid-friendly UI and behind-the-scenes parental controls. While adults can still use the Kurio as a fully-fledged fondleslab, the tablet is clearly aimed at children and it's the security measures that really matter here.
Parents are able to set the level of freedom their offspring have, while providing a second layer of protection through content categorisation software of the kind used by schools and companies.
Any apps from the Android Market will install on the device, although there is another filter to control what will be listed and a password-protected sorting portal for older folk.
Up to eight profiles can be set up, each customisable by the admin. There's the option of time-locking these profiles as well, which could help to prevent kids flinging Angry Birds under the duvets after bedtime.
Other nipper-centric features include a safe-level sound output to protect those developing lugs, and a thick rubber case to protect it from minor bumps.
There are three Kurio models on the way: a 7in version with a capacitive 800 x 480 display, an 8in one with the squarer 800 x 600 screen, and a 9.7in iPad-alike with a 1024 x 600 panel.
All three feature USB ports, mini HDMI and 4GB of built-in storage, expandable to 36GB using Micro SD cards. The larger two models pack 2Mp front- and 0.3Mp rear-facing cameras, while the 7in version is limited to the latter. The built-in battery is touted to last six hours without Wi-Fi switched on.
The Inspiration Works Kurio series hits shelves this July for £150, £180 and £200, respectively. There are a range of accessories on the way too, coming to a car seat near you soon. ®
You obviously have vast experience of using Android tablets from this manufacturer? No? Or maybe you're referring to other manufacturers?
You may be right of course, and I bet all those 5 year old users would be gutted at not having the lastest Android OS sitting under that heavily customised UI, wouldn't they?
I had an Etch-a-Sketch too
Come to think of it, it had rounded corners...
Guessing that iPad cost a fair bit more than £150 to £200 though, right?
Strictly, I guess that if your chauffeur drives you to work in a gold-plated Bentley it's probably not "necessary", no. Bot those for those with more constrained resources a toddler-centric and reasonably affordable "real" tablet is actually quite a good option compared to the 'vtech' type things which are very limited and can only run their own, expensive, software.
I had a tablet as a kid too...
...it was called an etch-a-sketch.
How long did the battery last?
On my way....