Ematic Releases Kid’s Tablet

Ematic has released  its 7-inch Android 4.0 FunTab Pro, a new tablet tailored to children. FunTab Pro has a rubberized texture and ergonomic design, ensuring a secure grip and a shape that fits in small hands.

FunTab Pro features include interactive story books, video mail, and an art studio.  Interactive story books allow parents to make a video recording of themselves reading to the child using Zoodles.com or the device’s built-in camera. The video mail feature allows invited family members to send short video messages to the FunTab Pro from Zoodles.com.

The tablet comes with a games bundle that includes Angry Birds, Where’s My Water?, Cut the Rope, Skitch, School Assistant, Fruit Ninja, and educational apps from Intellijoy. A kid-safe web browser is also included.

The tablet runs on an Android 4.0 operating system and has a 1 GHz processor. The tablet comes with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, and a MicroSD card slot, allowing for an additional 32 GB of storage. The FunTab Pro has a 7-inch 800 x 480 multi-touch screen, front and back cameras, and built-in WiFi. Its HD Video player supports up to 1080p HD videos. The tablet also features an HDMI output for connecting to a TV. Its battery life allows for up to eight hours of continuous playtime.

Lexibook Tablets Launch In U.S.

Lexibook, Android educational kids tablet leader, is launching its new tablets for kids nationwide from October. With a preview launch at Toys“R”Us stores across the country, parents can discover tablets with content tailored to the needs of the new generation.

The Lexibook features a high-definition tactile screen and a kid-friendly interface. The educational content is adapted to the curriculum with 500 sheets of general education, tests, and interactive quizzes. School Zone apps and 200 pre-loaded e-books are also included. Children will discover their favorite stories, rhymes, and Susie Tallman’s top songs and karaoke videos. Twenty-five games and 52 discovery activities are included, as well as a camera with photo-editing software.

Wireless internet browsing through a high speed built-in Wi-Fi connection is kept safe through embedded parental control, while kids can still download more than 10,000 must-have apps on the Lexibook Market—including Pig Rush, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Pandora, and Skype—and learn while having fun with educational apps adapted to every age group. With the Lexibook Videostore by Kabillion and Spotify music portal, cartoons, music, and other favorite videos are available in one click.

505 Games, MEG, and Giochi Preziosi Partner for Puppy In My Pocket

505 Games and toymakers MEG and Giochi Preziosi signed a deal for multi-platform videogames featuring the kids’ brand Puppy In My Pocket. The Italian and U.S. toy companies are producers, along with Mondo TV S.p.A., of the new animated television series Puppy In My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville, which airs worldwide on Cartoon Network. The kids’ show will provide a world of exciting adventures and content for handheld platforms as well as mobile games for iOS and Android devices. Games are slated to debut next year. Licensing Works! brokered the deal on behalf of MEG and Giochi Preziosi, while Creative Minx Marketing, Inc., managed negotiations for 505 Games.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Oscura App Now Available on Android Phones, Tablets

Viacom International Media Network (VIMN) launched its spooky gaming app, Oscura, for Android phones and tablets. The game comes in nine different languages including, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, German, Dutch, and Brazilian Portuguese.

In the game, players attempt to restore light to a darkened land that has not seen light since the power crystals in the lighthouse exploded. Players travel through different environments, finally entering a dark and disastrous world, to save the land.

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Sphero Launches New Apps for Android, Apple Devices

Sphero, a new type of gaming system that uses a robotic ball you control from your smartphone or tablet, announced this month’s release of new apps for iOS and Android devices.

Sphero Drive allows users to choose from touchscreen interfaces, such as joystick, old-school RC control, and tilt mode, to test their skills and race against friends and family. In a mixed-reality version of Golf, users create their own courses then swing their phones to putt Sphero toward the hole. Users can challenge their coordination and memory by holding Sphero, starting up Chromo, and moving Sphero to match colors and patterns as they appear on the screen.

Created by Orbotix, a company dedicated to reinventing fun and gaming through consumer-facing robotics and phone-controlled open devices, Sphero can be purchased online or at Brookstone.

Check out this video for more info: Sphero Launches New Gaming Apps.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.