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In the Information age, we spend more time than ever in front of one or more screens for 8+ hours a day. If you work on a computer, then you know how bad the eye strain can get when you’re nearing a deadline. Having worked as a writer and photographer for many years, I’ve spent one too many days and far too many hours in a dark room with a bright screen, and am already having to deal with the effects on my vision.
While using an E-Ink display would greatly reduce the strain on our eyes as it doesn’t emit any light, no one has really made the effort to make anything bigger than a Kindle. Enter in Paperlike, the world’s first E-Ink Monitor that is a 13.3” screen which takes the crisp and detailed images you would see on a regular monitor and puts them on an E-Ink display to unburden your eyes. There are four image processing algorithms to choose from so you can view your screen in whatever way you prefer.
There’s also threshold contrast conditioning so you can adapt different fonts and color themes to E-Ink. Much like a tablet, you can also use this USB connected monitor in either landscape or portrait mode. If you’re looking to make life easier for your eyes and want to keep your vision past the age of 50, then you’ll be looking at putting down $799-899 on this crowdfunding project.
Available for crowdfunding on Indiegogo
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Children have unyielding energy and creativity. It’s a bit harrowing to think of how many times you’ve played make believe in the last 2 years versus how many times they’ve done it in the last five minutes. Up until the angsty teen years, children are looking to create non-stop and try to make their imaginations come to life through drawings or Play-Doh. Thanks to 3D printing, an idea can be input and a physical object will come out.
While it is a bit more complicated than having an idea, the people at Mattel figured out a way to make it more understandable and fun for kids. The ThingMaker 3D Printer will not only let kids print pre-designed toys, figures, and jewelry, but they’ll be able to make their own on a free app. They’ll be able to send in their designs straight from a tablet or web browser. Of course, while this machine is extruding hot plastic, hands should not be anywhere nearby, so this has a retracting print head to keep things nice and safe.
Just for safety’s sake, there’s also an automated door lock so once things are started you have to stop them to get at anything inside. This is a $299.99 purchase, and will likely come with some starter plastic, though you will undoubtedly have to get more. For those interested, this item will be released in mid-October of this year, a fine holiday gift for aspiring makers next December.
Available for purchase on Amazon
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The choice of hardware when it comes to mobile gaming these days are expansive. I remember back when Nokia used to rule the featurephone market (and there were practically no regular, everyman smartphones available other than the bulky Nokia Communicator series), mobile gaming was relegated to the likes of Snake on them Symbian powered phones, or if you want something more realistic and engaging, you would have to settle for the likes of the Sony PSP or the Nintendo Game Boy Advance or Nintendo DS Lite. Having said that, the explosion of mobile devices over the years have seen mobile gaming evolve, with smartphones and tablets being the primary tools of portable entertainment. The zooti.HD tablet intends to jump aboard such a bandwagon by offering a portable cloud gaming tablet experience.
AtGames, the people who are behind the zooti.HD tablet, has launched their zooti cloud gaming service in January earlier this year at CES. This means one will be able to take advantage of the numerous retro-popular Sega Genesis Classic and Atari Flashback titles on the Google-certified Android tablet that they call the zooti.HD. It is no pushover, this tablet – make no mistake about it, since it comes across as a full featured, Android tablet that will include the full suite of Google apps, not to mention a game bundle that contains more than 85 classic Sega Genesis titles.
Apart from that, you can use the zooti.HD to seamlessly stream hot PC games right to the tablet itself. The asking price for the zooti.HD ain’t too high either – we are looking at some change being returned to you even after you have handed over a single Benjamin – talk about a value for money proposition! One can configure up to 6 different profiles to use the tablet, where each of these profiles can be customized with its own access rights, including the likes of daily time limits, content management, and other parental and safety controls. Hardware specifications of the zooti.HD include a 7” display at 1280 x 800 IPS resolution, an HDMI port, and Bluetooth support.
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It seems that your little ones will have yet another toy to play around with, this time around courtesy of the folks over at LeapFrog after they have announced the availability of the LeapPad2 Custom Edition tablet. Just what does the LeapPad2 Custom Edition tablet have that might entice your little ones? For starters, it would have everything that parents and kids both love in the award-winning LeapPad2, where among the firm favorites are a cool, tech-forward design that offers access to innovative leveled reading experiences. Not only that, you will also find that the LeapPad2 Custom Edition tablet will feature front as well as back cameras that does video recording on the fly, where it should fill up the 4GB of internal memory in a jiffy.
The LeapPad2 Custom Edition was specially designed to encourage creative play, where it will give little ones over 100 different ways to personalize their tablet thanks to the 10 included sticker skins as well as 11 digital wallpaper designs. Not only that, the LeapPad2 Custom Edition will also arrive with nine free apps (which are actually worth another $50).
What is the whole point of having great hardware when there is no suitable support in terms of its software? Fret not with this particular issue, as LeapFrog’s world-class learning library of approximately 1,000 life-changing content experiences have been designed or approved by LeapFrog’s learning experts, and are made available on the new LeapPad2 Custom Edition.
LeapFrog’s robust learning library would be made up of a combination of LeapFrog’s top-quality educational entertainment and engaging conten, where one ought to be able to find the biggest names in children’s entertainment. In fact, this unique learning library has been built against a proprietary curriculum of 2,600 skills across math, reading, science, and creativity, among others, so that kids will be able to enjoy unique, world class learning content that will comprise of personalized profile-based curriculum starting points, innovative hints and prompts, and milestones which will offer little ones the most appropriate and engaging experiences. The LeapPad2 Custom Edition has an asking price of $69.99, where apps can be downloaded from $5 and above.
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Kids learn from their parents by example, so the old “do as I say, and not as I do” saying does not apply here. In fact, living out such a principle could prove to be very damaging to your little ones as they grow up in the years ahead. Kids who see their parents carry a tablet around too, want to have a tablet that they can call their own. The thing is, kids are not the most tech savvy bunch of people out there, and neither can you guarantee that they are the most careful tablet users, too. If only there was a company that rolled out tablets which target just kids alone, and VTech steps in to fill this void in the form of the InnoTab 3 tablet for kids.
Needless to say, with a name like the InnoTab 3, you can be sure that there were prequels before this, and it will continue from where the popular InnoTab 2S left off. In fact, the InnoTab 2S can be said to be one of the first children’s learning tablets equipped with with Wi-Fi connectivity, and the InnoTab 3 will be able to pack quite a powerful punch in a compact size and a price that parents would not cringe at, making it the ideal first learning tablet for your little ones. InnoTab 3 will be able to introduce children to a world of age-appropriate educational content thanks to VTech’s comprehensive app store called the Learning Lodge. How apt! With the Learning Lodge, one can explore hundreds of games, e-books, videos, and music among others.
Hardware specifications of the VTech InnoTab 3 include a 4.3” touchscreen display, a new directional pad and tilt sensor, a 2-megapixel, 180° rotating camera with over 55 photo features and special effects, a quartet of different media players (e-book reader, MP3 music player, photo viewer and video player), 2GB of internal memory that can be further expanded via a microSD memory card slot, an e-book, “What’s that Noise?” right out of the box, as well as free downloadable desktop themes to boot. The InnoTab 3 will retail for $69.99 a pop when it is available.
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Monkey see, monkey do – or so the saying goes. One of the best ways that kids learn is through emulation, which is why it is very important for parents not to mix things up with the mantra, “Do as I say, not as I do”, as that tends to confuse the little ones who are introduced to hypocrisy through the very same person(s) who are meant to shape their values and worldview in the right direction. Having said that, if Junior has seen dad or mom carrying an iPad all day long, surely it won’t be long before they too, start to hanker after a tablet of their own? This is where LeapFrog steps in, by announcing the all new LeapPad Ultra. The LeapPad Ultra is a kid-tough tablet that will play nice with LeapFrog’s unique library of over 800 life-changing content experiences which were specially designed or approved by LeapFrog’s learning experts.
In fact, the LeapPad Ultra is kid-ready right out of the box, thanks to LeapSearch by Zui, which happens to be a proprietary kid-safe web browser which parents are able to place their trust in. Not only that, you can also find the only 7” DUO TECH high-resolution screen on the LeapPad Ultra, where it was designed to help children learn to write using a stylus while supporting a slew of interactive touch experiences. Apart from that, LeapPad Ultra also boasts of a sleek new look, a long-lasting rechargeable battery, two cameras – one in the front and another at the back cameras, and video recording capability, all accompanied by 8GB of internal memory.
There are also new intuitive parental tools such as a four-digit security code so that parents will always have a semblance of control over the kind of content that their little ones are able to access, while Wi-Fi allows them to directly synchronize content to their child’s LeapPad Ultra. Parents are able to browse, purchase and download apps from LeapFrog’s library of games, apps, eBooks, videos, music and more. The LeapPad Ultra will retail for $149.99 a pop, and downloads have been priced at $5 and above, while game cartridges are more expensive at $24.99.
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CES 2013 is still the place to be if you are looking for a tech mecca early January each year, and for the first time in history, we have the first crowdsourced gaming tablet in the world that has been turned into reality, coming in the form of the Razer Edge which was designed by gamers, and is specially launched just for gamers. You can call it a tablet, a PC, or a console, there is no real distinction between all three sectors as the Razer Edge is one of them and all of them at once. Razer boasts of it to be the most powerful tablet in the world, and we cannot help but agree to a certain extent.
Just in case you were wondering how come the Razer Edge looks so familiar, that is because it got its start in life as the highly-acclaimed Project Fiona PC gaming tablet concept which was first introduced at last year’s edition of CES, and it picked up some gongs along the way such as CNET’s “Best of CES 2012” People’s Voice Award, Stuff magazine’s “Hot Stuff” Award, IGN magazine’s “Best of CES” award and Laptop magazine’s “Best of CES award.” Expect the Razer Edge to arrive in North America and Asia Pacific sometime later this year.
Just what kind of gaming firepower does the Razer Edge come with? Well, it will run on the 3rd generation Intel Core processor alongside an NVIDIA GeForce graphics chipset to perform all the heavy graphical lifting for striking visual clarity, with Windows 8 as the operating system of choice, allowing the widest array of today’s most popular PC games to run natively on the Razer Edge without having to go through the tedious porting process, or to have it optimized or developed from ground up.
There will be two models to choose from – a standard Razer Edge with an Intel Core i5 processor, an NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 64GB SSD, while the higher end Razer Edge Pro will have a speedier Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a choice between a 128GB or 256GB SSD. Out later this quarter, the Razer Edge will be priced from $999 upwards.
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When you mention Polaroid, you know that this is one company that lives and breathes photography, even making it to popular culture such as songs (“Shake it like a Polaroid picture”, anyone?) Well, it seems that Polaroid is not content with just churning out photography related equipment, but they too, want a slice of the growing Android market. In particular, Polaroid is looking at the Android-powered tablet niche which has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, although Polaroid is not going to roll out a simple tablet for the masses, but rather, one that targets the little ones. Yes sir, this will be a kids oriented tablet that ain’t too shabby when it comes to the kind of system specifications underneath the hood.
Sporting a 7” design like many of the mid-range Android-powered tablets out there, the Polaroid tablet will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the operating system of choice, where it will come with a customized suite of apps that include Kids Cam, Music Studio and Draw, which are definitely ideal apps that encourage little ones to let their creative juices flow, and one can also show off their creative side to friends and family members using videos, pictures and songs.
Not only that, the Polaroid kids tablet also features Kids Vids, which is an app that enables children to stream safe and filtered videos across a wide range of age groups and Free Play, which is a simple and unique method that displays all the free games/apps which are made available for download from the kid-friendly App Shop.
Since this will be a kid-centric device, you know for sure that it is going to run into all sorts of “accidents”, if you get what I mean, which is why Polaroid has thought ahead of you by equipping it with innovative side and rear bumpers in order to help protect the tablet from accidental bumps and drops. There will also be built-in parental controls and a safe web browser which is a snap to set up, letting your kids enjoy a safe interactive experience.
Expect the Polaroid 7.0” kids tablet to retail for $149.99 a pop as it goes on sale later this month.
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Monkey see, monkey do – that is more or less what some folks think applies to kids. After all, haven’t we seen enough children who want to follow their dads and moms as an example, with little girls wearing make-up, while little boys doing their best to hold back their tears each time they fall down and scrape their knees? Having said that, with the plethora of gadgets and gizmos that us adults carry with us these days, it goes without saying that there will be little ones out there who would be bugging their parents to also purchase a touchscreen smartphone and a tablet. This might look cute from the outside, but the family dynamics have been altered in this way. Ematic seizes the opportunity to bring balance to families by introducing their FunTab Pro tablet.
The FunTab Pro tablet is not just any ordinary, run-of-the-mill tablet. Sure, it might come with a $149.99 price tag, but that does not mean it skimps on quality. You will find that it is made out of some rugged construction and design choices, while delivering a custom interface which offers nothing but fun, educational and parent-approved content for a safe online experience. Yes sir, with the number of weirdos stalking the Internet these days, you can never be too safe, can you?
The Ematic FunTab Pro will run on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and Roy Rayn, President of Ematic, has this to say, “Ematic teamed up with Zoodles Kids Mode to create a safe and educational online learning experience for children. Zoodles is the top app for kids, and leads your child through every step of the interface with large buttons and vocal cues.” With a rubberized texture and ergonomic design, the rubber coating ensures one has a secure grip, while the original shape fits perfectly in small hands.
Other hardware specifications of the FunTab Pro include a 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes, a 7” 800
So your little one also wants to be like daddy and mummy, craving for a tablet of his or her own and throwing a tantrum that would even irritate the ears of Zeus on Mt. Olympus, what do you as a parent do? Do you give in, or do you place your foot down and show your kid just who is boss? Well, for folks who feel that it is time for their kids to have a tablet of their own, here we are with the MEEP! tablet from Oregon Scientific.
The MEEP! tablet will carry with it cutting edge technology, durability, and interactive content, all crammed into a design which was specially formulated just for kids in addition to being accompanied by a full line of action-packed accessories. Sporting a 7-inch display, the MEEP! tablet will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (no idea on whether there will be a Jelly Bean update on the way or not), carrying with it Wi-Fi connectivity while ensuring it remains the most rugged and durable tablet on the market – for kids, at least.
Games, books, videos and apps that are available in the MEEP! store have all been certified to be kid-friendly by Oregon Scientific, where it is either free or can be purchased using MEEP! coins. You can also opt to access Google Play from the Parents Portal to purchase additional content. Other hardware specifications include 4GB of internal storage and a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes, in addition to to an integrated front-facing camera and HDMI connectivity.
Just how much will the MEEP! tablet cost? Well, we do know that it is specially geared for kids who are aged 6 and above, and is currently available at mass market retailers and online stores, retailing for $149.99 a pop. It will not come with its fair share of accessories right out of the box as you will need to fork out money for those. At least it is packed with a charger, a USB cable and a quick start guide to help you use it right there and then without missing a beat.
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