Monday, November 14, 2011

Nabi - Tablet for Kids

Toys R Us has released their latest toy, a tablet for kids. The toy manufacturer hired Chinese/American Web 2.0 properties and app developer FUHU to create the "Nabi" tablet aimed at educating with fun for children. From first impressions, a very smart choice of reinforcing the corners of the tablet with seemingly soft material implies it can take some hard hitting from playful or careless children.

It features a 7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, 4GB of storage, and a 533Mhz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, all packaged with the requisite Wi-Fi and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

The most interesting here is the software. A custom UI skin provides large tappable homescreen targets, a custom browser offers "kiddified" web surfing, and lots of children's software is pre-loaded, including Fooz Kids University which teaches mathematics, design and art oriented apps that allow for creative exploration, and not forgetting support for popular games. 30 children's ebooks to encourage reading are also included, and a special Nabi App Store will carry over 500 additional software titles aimed at children.

The tablet also features a “Mommy mode” which unleashes the full Android experience without any kind of restriction. The Nabi will satisfy both mother and child as it ships on December 1st. Pre-orders can be made at Toy R Us for US$199.99.

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