April 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm
In this technology driven world we live in, gaining computer skills at a young age is becoming more and more important. Whilst Intel would have you believe that netbooks may that ideal secondary computer for the kids, many of them are not kid-proof. To answer this problem, PeeWee PC has announced the Pivot Tablet Laptop targeted directly to kids.
The Pivot Tablet is aimed at kids aged between 3 and 10. According to PeeWee, the tablet is “durable, drop and spill resistant construction with a sturdy plastic case”, so it should have no problems in taking some serious abuse. The laptop comes with a Walt Disney Windows XP Theme, ten different kiddie software programs as well as games suitable for pre-school to elementary school-aged children. Security is also of the utmost importance, giving parents control over how the PC is used, how long kids can browse the Internet and what sites can be viewed.
As you can guess from the name, the Pivot is a convertible tablet device with an 8.9-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution. The specs are not too dissimilar as to what you would find in a normal netbook. The Pivot is powered by a 1.6gHz N270 Atom CPU and 945GSE chipset. It also comes with 1GB of RAM and a 60GB hard-disk drive. Other features include an accelerometer and a 1.3MP webcam that can rotate 180-degrees.
The Pivot weighs less than 1.4kg (3lbs) and is around 1.5-inches thick (9.5″ x 7.5″ x 1.5″). It comes with a 6-cell battery that PeeWee claims will last around 5 hours. The PeeWee Pivot Tablet Laptop is available only in the US for $599.99. Not cheap certainly, but some parents may feel that a little piece of mind justifies the premium.