On Tuesday, LeapFrog unveiled a $100 tablet computer that is designed specifically for children.
The LeapPad has a 5-inch touch screen that is encased in tough plastic, and it includes a still and video camera, a microphone and 2GB of memory.
But what distinguishes the LeapPad the most from other tablets on the market are its software and educational games. The device runs a bit like a spruced-up version of LeapFrog’s successful Leapster Explorer handheld gaming device and runs the games that come in Explorer’s cartridges. It will also work as a children’s ebook reader and play videos, and it comes with apps that allow children to create their own stories and personalize them with photos of themselves and their friends. LeapFrog vows to add more content and apps over time.
The LeapPad is aimed at children between 4 and 9 years old and at this point does not allow third-party developers to create apps for it.