With the era of the tablet upon us, ebook readers were the gadget du jour in a technological moment that is about to pass, if it hasn't already. But your kids don't know that, now do they?
The VTech FLiP, an ebook reader geared towards preschoolers, is definitely a worthy gadget for a budding bookworm and might just pack enough bells and whistles to engage a text-ambivalent tot.
The Flip looks just like mummy and daddy's ebook readers but with a see-thru flip cover and a grabbable bubbly border. There are two colourways - a blue and a pink - and each has a matching backpack accessory that can be purchased separately.
The books themselves - a mix of franchise favourites like Shrek and Toy Story and kids book classics like Thomas the Tank Engine - can be loaded via cartridge or, eventually, downloaded directly onto the device. The pages are displayed on a 4.3-inch colour touch screen are all packed with interactivity - the device will read aloud and highlight words as it goes, and kids can play instructional games or use a limited, built-in dictionary to look up the tough words using the touch screen or the QWERTY keyboard.
The VTech Flip will be available later this year for $US59.99. Though by then your kid might want a full-on kiddie tablet.
Toy Fair is the annual event where we get to completely regress back to childhood and check out all of the awesome toys coming out for the rest of the year. And well, we love toys.