To solve this conundrum, an Indian educational startup, Metis Learning, has introduced Eddy, a learning tablet for kids aged 2 to 10 years. The Android-based tablet has been designed by seasoned educators and experts and features content linked to school curriculum as well as learning apps to teach kids musical instruments, practice mathematics, explore the universe, et al. The tablet intends to provide a safe and controlled technology experience for children with a strong focus on learning.
The 7-inch tablet is powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB RAM and features an IPS display with 1024X600 resolution. The tablet includes 8 GB storage on board, expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD card. The tablet is modest in specifications even for its price-point, but that’s because it’s venturing into a differentiated segment. It’s got specifics for the need, like a fun bumper that makes the tablet drop-safe and is made of food-grade material so you don’t have to worry if your kid puts it in his mouth. A stand out annoyance is the pin-charger it uses in the age when most smartphones and tablets charge via the microUSB port.
The tablet skins a kid-friendly user experience layer over Android that provides a controlled access to pre-approved apps and Maxthon Kid Safe Web browser. Once you set up your kid’s profile according to his age and adding apps from a selection of 150 pre-loaded apps, you can specify the permissible number of hours per day or week and allot exact time slots for your kid to use the tablet.
Though Internet-enabled, the tablet does not allow the kids to access regular Android features and Chrome browser so you can be assured that your kid is not exposed to any inappropriate content or social networking and other unsuitable apps.
Through the Parent Zone you get access to the stock Android experience, where you can install any app from the Google Play store, and give its access to your kid. As a parent, you can use it as a regular Android tablet between your kid’s sessions. You can also monitor your kid’s activities on the tablet through the detailed reports it offers and promote certain apps if you think your kid should work more on a certain subject or learning activity.
While you get access to over 50,000 educational apps on Google Play store, Eddy comes with a recommendation engine for parents – Kids Radar. A propritery recommendation engine from Metis learning, Kids Radar helps finds new apps according to age, subject, and price.
The tablet allows seamless sharing between siblings via multiple profiles that can be created. A maximum of three profiles can be created.
At ₹9,999, it is a tad expensive for a basic Android tablet or a kid’s first gadget, but if you are looking for a device that offers game-based, indulgent learning for your kids and takes care of your concerns about kids spending time with gadgets, Eddy tablet is a good buy.