Toys "R" Us Unveils Its Own Exclusive Children's Tablet
September 10, 2012 9:32 AM
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Taboe tablet will have stiff competition
Toy retailer Toys "R" Us has announced a new technology product for kids called the Tabeo. This tablet will be available exclusively at Toys "R" Us stores. The
Wall Street Journal
reports that the move is Toys "R" Us' attempt at fighting so-called showrooming. Showrooming is a phenomenon where people come in the retail stores to try out products and then order them online at a discount.
The tablet will cost $149.99 and will go on sale on October 21. The tablet can be pre-ordered right now via Toys "R" Us. The
Wall Street Journal
reports that when the $149.99 price was unveiled for the Taboe, the makers of some of the other child focused tablets including the Kurio 7, Meep, and Lexibook matched the same price.
The Toys "R" Us Tabeo tablet has a seven-inch screen and features parental controls to block inappropriate content. It has a front-facing camera of unspecified resolution and a child-friendly interface.
The processor for device is a 1 GHz unit, and the screen supports capacitive multitouch technology. Using the tablet kids can read books, play games, listen to music, watch video, and view photos. The tablet has 4 GB of integrated storage and has a micro SDHC card slot for expansion. The tablet ships with 40 pre-loaded games, books, and educational apps. The tablet will also have access to 6,000 other free apps via the Tabeo Store. The tablet also ships with a drop-safe bumper and has Wi-Fi. The tablet runs Android for the operating system.
Parents shopping for a tablet for their children also have similarly priced tablets not specifically aimed at children to choose from, such as the Amazon Kindle Fire currently priced at $159.
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RE: I will look into this....
9/13/2012 2:13:05 PM
I'm somewhat confused how allowing a child to use a computer or TV at a young age makes the them morbidly obese. Actually statistically obesity doesn't really show itself until closer to age 4 or 5 vs under 2 years of age, which we have been discussing. Most of the obesity has more to do with diet than activity level especially for young children. However, Parents should always help their children find a good cross section of activities, so that they can develop properly. This includes using computers/tablets for young children to help build motor control and older children for learning.
Keep in mind before age 1 babies require lots of sleep (15 hours) and typically the wake hours are spent eating (every 2-3 hours), pooping, and baths with a very small mount of environmental interaction like iPads or playmats. Children typically don't walk until after 12 months, crawl after 6 months, rollover consistently both directions until around 6 months, and rollover the first time after 3 months. (My 3 year old son hasn't rolled over yet, but has good head control now.) I think I would call all that extreme exercise. This is why no doctor would ever call a child under 2 years old obese unless the parent was feeding them improperly during that time (IE candy and soda).
You really have to be naive to think that letting a child use a computer or tablet would be the contributing cause for obesity without looking at the full daily activity list of the child and diet. That would be like going to a friends house on Saturday at 9am and saying you can't believe they let their child watch TV all day and how their child will be obese, when in reality the child gets to watch TV between 9am and 10am, but has other activities like Soccer and swimming later that day and even during the week along with a strict no junk food diet.
Please do some research next time and be informed before making off the cuff comments.
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