PBS’ Playtime Pad For Kids To Launch Next Month

By Mary Cris Balancio, Posted: 10/18/16 05:13AM EDT
2016 Winter TCA Tour - Day 15
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 19: Lesli Rotenberg, general manager, Children's Media, PBS, speaks onstage during the 'Ready Jet Go!' press conference as part of the PBS portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 19, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo : Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

A new gadget has just been released. This time though, the targeted customers are kids and of course their parents or loving relatives who will buy it for them! Earlier in the year, news about PBS launching an Android tablet for kids has come out. Now it is official!

According to PC Magazine, the kid's tablet is made between the partnership of PBS and Ematic. PBS Kids, which was launched in 2002 is known for being a pioneer of the online early childhood content. Meanwhile Ematic is a budget electronics manufacturer in California.

The tablet which is called as the "Playtime Pad" comes with a 16GB storage that will already be pre-loaded with content coming from PBS Kids. The content includes 120 PBS Kids video clips, songs, and music videos. There will also be more than 25 fun and educational games included.

The Playtime Pad also comes with Parental controls which allow parents to set limits on the screen time using the device's timer. It also allows them to customize the device to their child's needs.

Additionally, Silicon Angle reports that the tablet boasting a durable design comes with a front and back camera. It is also Wi-Fi ready.  PBS' Lesli Rotenberg was quoted as saying that PBS Kids has been looking continuously for new ways on how to help spark kids' curiosity and gain a love for learning. This in a way supports their mission of helping every kid reach their potential.

The senior vice president and general manager for children's media and education of PBS also stated that with the knowledge that families have busy lives they are "are excited to offer our high-quality, innovative content on an affordable tablet that helps kids learn and explore with their favorite PBS KIDS characters, whenever and wherever."

The upcoming Playtime Pad which comes in different bright colors costs $79.99 USD. It will officially be launched on Nov. 6 and start arriving on several Best Buy stores. It will also be made available online through bestbuy.com, shop.pbskids.org and walmart.com.

The past few years have seen devices and apps specifically made for kids. However, up until now, most of them are a bit pricey and iOS based. But now, PBS and a few companies are now favoring more Android based apps and devices. Because of this we might be looking into a future of cheaper and affordable apps becoming more accessible.



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