LeapFrog creates LeapPad Explorer tablet for kids

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Why keep kids out of the slate fascination when they’ll probably be using an iPad or Xoom by the time they’re ten, right? LeapFrog’s LeapPad Explorer tablet is the new learning tool designed for those tiny hands. Intended to alter the manner in which kids learn and play, the device is a blend of new technology, educational curricula and entertainment features.

The LeapPad embeds a microphone, animation studio, tilt-sensor for gaming, camera and video recorder. It claims to offer an interactive experience through the 5” color finger-touch display and stylus which lets users practice their writing skills. Built to tolerate a bit of roughhousing, the slate intuitively adjusts the learning across experiences for allowing kids to study at their own pace. It gels smoothly with Leapster Explorer content and will be supported by a library hosting games videos, flash cards and eBooks at launch.

“LeapFrog created the first interactive learning experience with our original iconic LeapPad Learning System in 1998. After 10 years of research into the most proficient ways for children to learn, we are doing it again with LeapPad Explorer. LeapPad Explorer is a multifunctional learning tablet that can ignite children’s imaginations and learning, but also handle a little rough and tumble play. This will be the must-have gift for all eager learners,” explained Craig Hendrickson, senior vice president and chief product officer for LeapFrog.

The LeapPad will be out through the company’s official online portal for U.S and Canadian customers in summer. It is also set to hit major retail outlets in these two regions as well as the U.K., Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Sporting a $99.99 tag, the tablet can be supplemented by game cartridges and downloadable apps which start $24.99 and $7.50, respectively.

LeapFrog offers the LeapFrog Learning Path service with all their products. Basically, it allows parents to keep an eye on their child’s progress and trace achievements through regular e-mail updates.