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LeapFrog announces LeapPad2 Custom Edition


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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Snakebyte Vyper – All in One Entertainment Device


What would we do without our smartphones and tablets? Walking around these days all you see is people tied up with their electronics and you have to wonder to yourself how anyone got things done before, and how you managed to sit waiting, for anything, without a little handheld entertainment to get you through.

Well things just went to the next level, check out Snakebytes Vyper, the worlds very first, portable, three in one entertainment hub. Thats right, finally the device you’ve been dreaming of, a technological blend of smart TV, tablet and gaming system all in one device, built to travel!

Snakebyte Vyper is designed to let not only let you enjoy your favorite apps on the go, but also on your television via the custom TV dock, and then, two different controllers match every entertainment experience you can find on the Google Play Store.

Housed in a 7 inch display quad core tablet, the Vyper TV dock turns any TV into a smart TV and the Airmouse remote, with built in keyboard allows you to type, play and navigate right from the comfort of your couch, and rounding out the system is the included game controller, just right for the thousands of game options in the Google Play Store including dedicated gaming experiences, like racing games, action, and adventure play.

Snakebyte Vyper launched in Europe today, and  here in North America, Vyper will be available at the end of this month, from Amazon.com, with prices starting at under 200 bucks. Please visit the website snakebyte-vyper.com for videos and availability information.
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Boogie Board Jot 4.5 LCD eWriter lets your kids go wild

boogie-board-jotWhat does it take these days to capture the attention of your young ones? Well, it does seem as though you will need something that is louder and brighter, with most probably some battery power required to deliver the amount of multimedia capability that can capture the imagination of the masses. Pen and paper? That is pretty much an archaic idea by now, but if you want to introduce them to the joys of drawing and doodling without having to cut down any more trees, then the £19.99 Boogie Board Jot 4.5 LCD eWriter would fit the bill nicely.

The Boogie Board Jot 4.5 LCD eWriter would arrive in a choice of blue, pink and red shades, making it an eco-friendly electronic alternative to paper. Not only that, since it is meant to be used by kids, it is no surprise then, to see it arrive with a shatter-proof Reflex LCD screen. Not only that, Boogie Board claims that it is good for up to 50,000 erases, which roughly translates to approximately 7 to 10 years on average, which by then your little one would have outgrown it a long time ago. Each Boogie Board Jot 4.5 LCD eWriter would come with a stylus that is stashed away on the side for easy portability.
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LeapFrog unveils LeapPad Ultra tablet

leappad-ultraMonkey see, monkey do. That is more or less how the world works, and parents would know that it is not so much what they tell their kids, but rather, how they show it to their kids that the little ones learn. “Do as I say, and not as I do” is one of the most lame excuses ever that adults give children when they want them to learn something good and right, and so, if your little one has been hankering after you for a tablet of their own because he or she sees dad and mum occupied with the iPad or Nexus 7 at the dinner table instead of talking to them, here is an alternative – the LeapPad Ultra from LeapFrog. Now, I am definitely not condoning parents to ignore their parenting responsibility by giving their kids tablets, but rather than entrusting your fragile iPad to them, why not get something kid-oriented instead?

The LeapPad Ultra is said to be the ultimate learning tablet for kids, where it is now available for sale online as well as over at major retail locations across the U.S. RIght now, it has shot to the top 10 holiday item list in the U.K., and you will be able to breathe easy knowing that the LeapPad Ultra is tough enough to handle whatever your little one can throw at it, and it will obviously play nice with LeapFrog’s extensive library of over 800 educational games, creativity apps, eBooks, videos, and music among others.

The LeapPad Ultra will come with a breakthrough kid-safe web browser known as LeapSearch, where it is kid-ready right out of the box while offering a quality internet browsing experience which can be trusted by parents. The 7” high-resolution display will help children learn to write using a stylus, all the while supporting interactive touch experiences. Other hardware specifications include a long-lasting rechargeable battery, 8GB of internal memory, and front and back cameras that do video recording to boot. The LeapPad Ultra will retail for $149.99 each.

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VTech InnoTab 3 tablet for kids

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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LeapFrog announces LeapPad Ultra for kids

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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A Smartphone’s Sensing Companion

Ever run into a product and just say “I wish I was smart enough to think of that”? Yep, found one. Aside from lacking any knowledge about the topics, experience with NASA and a doctorate in who knows what, perhaps you or I could have come up with this innovation. But George Yu and Variable Technologies beat us to it. As our smartphones continue to control and guide more parts of our lives it makes sense to incorporate necessary job functions and even life-saving functions into the phone’s capability.

Meet NODE, a device that enables its attached, state-of-the-art sensors to communicate with your phone. Via conditional Bluetooth or Bluetooth 4.0 Low-Energy, information from the variety of sensors available is sent to a NODE app or – down the road perhaps other likeminded apps – on your device. Six different options exist for what you can measure with NODE and its modules:

  • Kore ($149): required for any module, it serves as the heart of NODE. KORE contains a accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope to measure motion and space.
  • Chroma ($75): color matching and sample collecting module.
  • Therma ($75): measure temperatures at a distance or where you are via IR.
  • Clima ($50): Senses barometric pressure, ambient light, temperature, and humidity.
  • Luma ($25): Use up to 8 LEDs provide a flashlight or even a camera flash.
  • Oxa ($149): Provides an industrial grade Carbon Monoxide gas sensor. Other gases can be requested.

The professional and personal uses of NODE and the modules are really endless. Quality control on a production line can be aided by confirming the proper paint color of your product. Maybe you conduct house inspections. You could easily measure temperatures and humidity to detect faults. If you are a hiker or biker stop to read the climate and understand if adverse conditions are coming. Check CO2 levels even in your own home – while switching modules to make your picture hanging a level process. There are plenty of professions that require a variety of these measurements too. With NODE plus the applicable modules you save yourself multiple devices. I think you get where I’m going with NODE.  Presently, NODE is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 5th Gen, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini, Macbooks and Android devices. Yu made it a point to leave the possibilities out there with open firmware & open API. And they will provide Arduino source code as well as iOS & Android source code so programmers can then create the applicable app for the measurements of their users. NODE is rechargeable via micro USB and is FCC and CE certified. Sure, it may be more expensive if you only have a need for one particular sensor. But I think most of us could easily find uses for NODE in a variety of places in our lives.
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Feel that Touch Screen Keyboard!

Raise your hand if you went from Blackberry to iPhone or Android devices. The only regret I found after the switch was the lack of tactile keys on the keyboard. You probably knew – or were – a finger keyboarder that could put full keyboarders to shame. Ever see someone type while looking up. Yep. RIM really taught us all the art of tactile mini-keyboard typing. By now typing on the screen we tend to lose that speed. I’m guessing that spell check is the smartphone manufacturer’s way to combat the lack of tactility.

What would it take to make our Galaxys, iPhones, Kindles and the like have this one missing feature? A smart company called Tactus Technology, that’s what. Tactus invented a technology that will take the place of a manufacturers top display layer, things we commonly call the lens/window/cover glass. When the device calls for a keyboard the Tactus Tactile Layer™ Technology injects a proprietary fluid into said top layer enabling raised surfaces to appear over the keys on the display. Using this technology will not interfere with other touch functions on the screen and uses minimal power. Buttons do have some resistance – just enough to prevent the accidental touch from typing a character. Tactus is creating the technology for a variety of screen sizes and types. So expect to see it in phones, tablets and phablets. At this time, OEM is their strategy, rather than producing consumer overlays. No plans have been announced on where you may see Tactus Tactile Layer Technology in a device. But it seems imminent.

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bēm wireless speaker trio starts to ship

I know that the above title does seem to have its fair share of typos, but that is because the official names of the company as well as the device itself does not sport any upper case letters. Yes sir, bēm wireless did announce that they will start to ship the speaker trio, having unveiled the bēm wireless speaker trio at the recently concluded CES 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The name of the speaker trio itself gives the game away, where it will comprise of three different speakers which share a common wireless connection to its base. Basically, you can say that the speaker trio is an audio product which was specially designed to enhance the user’s lifestyle, where it delivers pounding, pulsing beats to different rooms with the help of the control of a solitary Bluetooth device.

Bryan Katzel, Director of Marketing and Product Development for bēm, said, “Elevating our consumer’s lives to their highest potential is our top priority at bēm. From conception to execution, we crafted the speaker trio to help eliminate wires with a simple interface that allows users to forget about complicated audio gear and just enjoy their music.”

You will be able to place all three speakers in multiple rooms, where it will enable you to simultaneously ramp up the tunes the next time you host a party at your pad. The wireless connection that each speaker shares with the base will enable the user to control music from a single device, be it the same iPhone, iPad or other Bluetooth-enabled device. Of course, it will be limited in terms of range due to Bluetooth’s specifications, leaving it to approximately 120 feet of wireless connectivity. Once the party is done and over with, all you need to do is return the speakers to the base and they will be able to enjoy an easy, wire-free recharge experience. The speaker trio can be yours for $299.99 a pop.

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Phone Reminders on Your Wrist

Anyone paying attention to advancements in the world of using your watch as a helpful, connected device certainly look forward to 2013. Rumors of an Apple watch keep circulating. The long awaited launch of the Pebble was announced at CES. Health and fitness watch features flourished. And something called the Cookoo watch made some headlines. Some of you may look forward to checking texts and emails on a watch. Some can’t go to the gym without a ‘smart watch’. But some of us don’t need THAT much on our wrist. Rather than serving as another device on which to read or interact, I would prefer something that is sort of an extension of my phone features.

Cookoo proves to be a reminder device rather than a total communication device. Cookoo syncs via low energy Bluetooth 4.0 with newer iOS devices: iPhone 4S or 5, iPad Mini, iPad g3 or g4 and iPod touch g5. After loading the Cookoo app onto your gadget your watch will receive notifications from the phone. Your watch will remind you of incoming or missed calls, messages, calendar reminders and clock alarms. If out of range from your device Cookoo will remind you. If you can’t find your phone let your watch do it. When you are away from your phone you miss a beat. You can also use Cookoo to check in on Facebook or read messages, or even to remote trigger your device’s camera. And Cookoo does all this for $129.99. Choose from one of five band colors. And unlike some of the more active smart watches – you will get about a year out of the Cookoo. And if the watch is not what you need, Cookoo offers a $40 keyfob to provide some of the same alerts. Visit their website to learn more or get your reminders on your wrist.


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