Meep: Kids Tablet Market The next Frontier?
Meep Tablet is a tablet made for kids to play and learn safe educational stuff. You are looking at songs, games, streaming TV Shows, reading books, etc Oregon Scientific are set to take on arch rivals V-tech and Nintendo in the children’s educational toy sector with its latest gadget for kids the “Meep tablet”.
It’s funny but tablets which are still in their infancy, are now sub-dividing and creating more markets like the fast rising Children’s Tablets Market. As usual with Christmas looming the industry starts to take bets on which toys/gadgets will do well.
“Kids will be kids” and that means loosing stuff. Text books can be very pricey and replacing some essential books for older kids can be very expensive.
Some books will retail for as much $30.00 and this is where the numbers start to build up. Compare that to a Tablet where you can easily re-sync the App’s from say Kindle Store, iTunes or Google Play. Preserving information that would have otherwise been completely lost and it also helps the environment.
Kids tablets bring a very interesting proposition especially to parents who will end up buying many different kinds of books and other electronic gadgets in replacement.
Here you have the ability to save some of those books, games, etc saving space, money every time a book is torn, a CD game is scratched and many other similar examples – getting apps looks more convenient and cheaper. Especially with App stores peaking at over half a million apps.
Meep is a tablet that transforms into a games console aimed at children over 6 years. Oregon Scientific have been very clever in their approach towards such a sensitive market. Innovation is nothing new with the company having claims to many “World first” products including the highly raved about “World’s slimmest MP3 with transparent LCD display”.
Pioneering a product comes with its own launch complications. For example, when they was first launched Meep in February 2012, it was heavily criticized and given low ratings. A situation we have seen before starting with Apple and iPhone, Microsoft then followed by Xbox/Kinect – which all turned out highly popular lines.
Geeks at Oregon Scientific quickly realized that they had a good product and reacted quickly and learned from the experience to emerge with a very good product after some software tweaks. Also the when you take a look at some of the comments by kids on YouTube means these guys must have done something right.
Being one of the pioneers in the market, the designers had to think of a whole ecosystem to support the tablet. Starting from the user, to the parent who will worry about their child’s on-line safety.
Parental Control VS Child’s Online Safety On A Meep Tablet
The Meep Tablet comes with a parental Dashboard that allows parents to get access to the tablet from any PC or other smart device with an internet connection and a browser. Parents are able to manage the way their children access the internet, monitor spending on marketplace and approve and disapprove friend requests. It’s recommended to turn on search engine safe search when you buy any children’s tablet.
Meep lays claim to be the only tablet so far, that provides complete parental control.
The Meep Tablet comes with its own market place for apps, games, Ebooks and music. The content in Meep Market Place is vetted and since its also an Android Tablet, parents get access to Android market where there are thousands more apps to download.
As you can see from the smiley faces, it’s a colorful little number. So the designers had to come up with matching accessories like:
Headphones: Meep Headphones
A drum: Meep Drums
A Steering Wheel : Meep Steering Wheel
A piano: Meep Piano
Microphone: Meep Microphone
Joystick: Meep Joystick
Case: Meep Case
It kind of reminds you of larger Nintendo DS when you look at the accessories.
Its powered by a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor and runs the latest version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Featuring a 7 inch touchscreen display, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory and SD Card support, its perfect for gaming and educational needs.
Good connectivity features with USB & HDMI ports plus Bluetooth support.
So, you have a decent games console, camera, portable DVD player, eBook reader and a music player for your child all in one place.
Things That A Child Can Do With The Meep:
This is a tablet made for kids to play and learn safe educational stuff. You are looking at songs, games, streaming TV Shows, reading books, Learning real school subjects, drawing etc.
Because its been made “kid friendly”, the software packages are enhanced example words will be highlighted as kids read and then offer them a proper pronunciation of the word with support for comprehension with character voices and a stylus for doodling.
Streamlining the product line right from start should bear well with many parents who will be looking for matching sets.