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LeapFrog Text & Learn: A BlackBerry Just for Babies

Everyone by now knows President Obama loves his BlackBerry! Well, hold onto your hats. There's a new gadget in town and it is targeting the younger generation!

The good folks at LeapFrog are about to introduce a new handheld gadget just for kids, LeapFrog Text & Learn. The new device, commonly referred to as the "Baby BlackBerry," is sure to be a great big hit with preschoolers. The colorful handheld device, larger than a traditional BlackBerry, features a nifty LCD screen and full QWERTY keyboard.

And parents, there is no need to worry. The handheld is not wireless and cannot connect to the Internet. But it does allow the young users to "text" Scout, a fun and colorful Text & Learn puppy. The device includes various educational applications such as spelling, letter matching, number recognition, shape identification and, of course, texting.

 



Now parents can avoid those messy fingerprints and dropped and damaged BlackBerrys. Your baby can feel just like Mommy and Daddy with her very own handheld device. Recently unveiled at the Toy Fair in the United Kingdom, the LeapFrog unit should be available in the United States sometime in the summer and is expected to cost around $25. Texting for tots - what will they think of next?


Sources: Cnet News, SlipperyBrick Photo source: PocketLint

 

Jace Shoemaker-Galloway
Guest Blogger
InventorSpot.com

Our guest blogger, Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, is a busy freelance writer, online safety educator and mother.  As a self-described gadget geek, she is always on the lookout for cool and innovative products, especially for children

Comments
Feb 5, 2009
by Anonymous

Blackberry for kids

Good article. But as a parent of a young child, I have mixed opinions on the actual device.

As a parent who happens to own a BlackBerry, I couldn't imagine my life without it. On the one hand, this is a pretty cool little gadget. I can see how children would really like this. But on the other hand, do we really want to encourage texting at such a young age?

As the author suggests, "what next?" Regardless, thanks for the info.

Feb 5, 2009
by Anonymous

hmm

the bigger one seems better for elderly if it had a different look. Yet then again not many elderly could afford such things...then again young cant afford it either..I know I have never been able to afford one and I'm young

Feb 5, 2009
by Anonymous

Baby Blackberry

I have to admit, this sounds like a pretty cool gadget, and I think this will appeal to alot of people. But what are we really doing here? Is this a techy replacement for the pacifier?