Mattel announced a new ebook reader aimed at 3 to6 year olds at the International Toy Fair yesterday. From the press release:
iXL, from Fisher-Price, is one of the coolest, hottest tech learning products for preschoolers. This dynamic, multi-app smart device puts learning fun into the ultimate handheld gadget. With six great applications: Story Book, Game Player, Note Book, Art Studio, Music Player and Photo Album, this is one cool device kids won’t want to put down.
Engadget spent a few minutes looking at it:
"But mommy...it's like your Kindle and Daddy's iPod Touch! I want one NOW!" Yep, that's how the discovery of Fisher Price's iXL is going to go down in the Toys R US aisle, like it or not. In what we can only compare to a shrunken Entourage Edge, the $80 clamshell device is meant for 3-to-6 year olds that are just learning to read and write, and it packs a color, resistive touchscreen and a plastic stylus. While some tots may complain about the not-very-finger-friendly display or the rather chunky and heavy design, Fisher gets that it's all about the software. In addition to the "app based" home screen (which we were told was modeled after the iPhone or iPad), the iXL comes preloaded with games, an animated story book and other applications -- additional children's e-books will be available for download from its online store when the device goes on sale this summer.
Engadget also posted a photo gallery.