Every year (practically every month) our grown-up toys get more and more advanced. Screens get bigger, with higher resolutions, processors get faster, and cameras get better. With this progression, it’s only natural that our kids’ toys would follow suit.
Oregon Scientific, creator of the awesome Smart Globe, has announced that they will release the MEEP!, a 7-inch Android-based tablet specifically aimed at kids (ages 6 and up), with “music, movies, e-books, and apps from leading developers.” The tablet will come with Wi-Fi built-in, as well as an SD card slot which will hopefully be able to house some movies and kid shows for long trips.
Aimed at surviving a kid, the MEEP! is built tougher than the traditional tablet and will come with a rubber silicon sleeve for protection. It’ll have Internet access as well, but this will be able to be monitored (and hopefully blocked to an extent) via a parent portal that can be accessed from any Internet-connected PC. What sounds really promising is the fact that Oregon Scientific will be releasing accessories for the MEEP!, including musical instruments, making it obvious that they’re aiming for a very well-rounded educational device. There’s no mention of a release date or a price as of yet, but I’m sure it’ll be announced with the full release of the device at this year’s Toy Fair, hosted by the Toy Industry Association.
The full press release can be found below. So is this something you’d grab for your own children? What are your thoughts on kid-based electronics? Let us know in the comments!
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Android-Based MEEP! Tablet to Feature Music, Movies, e-books, Parental Controls and moreNEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Oregon Scientific, a leading designer and worldwide marketer of personal electronics, today announced its entry into a hot new category: kid’s tablets. Leaving cartridge-based devices behind in the dust, the new Wi-Fi enabled MEEP! tablet runs on the Android operating system and offers music, movies, e-books, and apps from leading developers – all on a large, 7-inch color touch screen! The MEEP! tablet will be unveiled for the first time at the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) 109th American International Toy Fair this weekend.
Sharing a mobile device is a tough feat, especially for parents, when there is a risk it could be dropped, broken, scratched or rendered useless. The MEEP! tablet is an affordable fix for a tech –hungry generation of kids, featuring a tough design and an enhanced rubber silicon sleeve for added protection. Geared for children age 6 and up, the MEEP! tablet is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing access to a sea of web content that can be downloaded to its internal memory or SD card and viewed from any angle courtesy of the tablet’s internal G-Sensor. All websites and content can be monitored through intuitive parental controls that are adjusted remotely on any computer or mobile device with a browser and an Internet connection.
The MEEP! tablet from Oregon Scientific will feature a variety of accessories sold separately, including musical instruments.
For more information visit us at Toy Fair (Javits Center, Meeting Room 2D02) or online at www.MeepTablet.com. Oregon Scientific’s full line of product offerings can be found at: us.oregonscientific.com.
About Oregon Scientific
Founded in 1989, Oregon Scientific is headquartered in Tualatin; a quaint suburb of beautiful Portland, Oregon. Oregon Scientific offers six families of products, ranging from youth & learning to sports & fitness. Built from its hallmark of timing and weather devices, Oregon Scientific is expanding to meet the diverse needs of its customers to enhance the way we live, work and play. Consider Oregon Scientific’s products to be Innovating the Everyday.
Oregon Scientific is a division of one of the world’s premier electronics manufacturers, Integrated Display Technology, Ltd. (IDT), based in Hong Kong. IDT was founded in 1977 and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as IDT Technology and on the Singapore Exchange as I-Com.