Check out the Kurio, the Android tablet for kids (and their parents)
If you’re a parent looking to get your child a tablet, you might want to take a look at Inspiration Works’s Kurio line of tablets. The company is planning on launching the line of kid-friendly (and parent-friendly, too) tablets in the UK sometime in July. The Kurio tablets will come in 7, 8, and 9-inch models. The resolution on each form factor will be 800 x 480 for the 7-incher, 800 x 600 for the 8-incher, and 940 x 600 for the 9-incher.
All three tablets will feature at least a .3-megapixel front-facing camera. The 8 and 9-inch models will also feature a 2 megapixel camera in the back. Memory and OS wise, the tablets will come with 4GB of internal storage and microSD support for up to 32GB. Although the units that were displayed at Toy Fair 2012 were running Gingerbread, Inspiration Works says that the tablets will be launching with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Unfortunately, nothing is known about the processor or the amount of RAM these kid-friendly tablets will feature. One thing that’s confirmed is that they will be able to play 1080P video and will come with an HDMI connector.
The tablets will be Google approved, meaning that they will come with the standard Google applications you’re used to seeing on tablets. You’ll have your Gmail app, Android Market, etc. For kids, the Kurio tablets will come with a dedicated app similar to the popular Zoodles app that is currently available in the Android Market. Parents will be able to manage up to 8 kids on each tablet, with the ability to set which apps are available and which websites can be accessed.
The tablets will have a number of accessories available for it, including volume limiting headphones, cases, and a car headrest kit. The Kurio tablets are expected to be available at some point in July and will sell for £150, £180 and £200 respectively.