Quite the leap from the Speak-and-Spell of our childhood days — and maybe even over some of our current PCs — the Vinci manages a Cortex A8 processor and 4GB of internal storage. There is even a built-in microphone and a 3-megapixel built-in camera to capture your kid calculating complex equations, probably before he or she can even say “computer”.
However, unlike the competition, the Vinci does not have WiFi access. The reason for this is to avoid potentially harmful electromagnetic emissions, as well as to give parents assurance that their children don’t accidentally come across something unsavory on the web. The body of the Vinci is built to equally as health-conscious. The tablet comes in non-toxic packaging, and with a protective soft-corner case it is meant to last.
The Vinci will be launched with 3 main educational components: games, music videos and storybooks. The games have been designed by Vinci are meant “to help parents and children explore, talk and learn together within a real world context”; the music videos to help children develop their cognitive and motor skills; and the storybooks will come complete with animations and sounds to encourage children to interact with the tablet’s touch-screen.
The Vinci was designed by Dr. Dan D. Yang, a telecom entrepreneur who was inspired by her daughter’s excitement when playing with a smartphone. While the idea of adding yet another piece of tech into your life, let alone your child’s life, may seem almost too much, the company argues that the Vinci could be a powerful platform to help monitor your child’s development.
The Vinci assembles suggestions and recommendations from experts in the field – pediatricians and developmental scientists – and uses this information to provide a comprehensive reference for your child’s growth from an emotional and intellectual perspective. You’ll not only be able to record precious moments, but check major milestones against the reference programmed in the VINCI to see if they’re on the right track.
So would you buy a Vinci touchpad computer for your baby? Personally, we’ll stick to hard-cover storybooks and playgrounds in the park.