In the whirlwind of new netbook releases following the segment’s explosion last year, the ‘kid-oriented’ ideal of the OLPC has often gotten left in the dust. Aside from the original OLPC we haven’t seen many netbooks aimed directly at children, with the exception of a few toy–themed netbooks that have been more about form than function. Sure, Australian students are getting their own netbook programs, but the rest of us are still wondering – what about the kids?
PeeWee PC is answering that call with the new Atom-powered PeeWee Pivot Tablet Laptop, a 3-pound toylike device designed specifically for tykes everywhere.
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It can be controlled with a keyboard or stylus, as pictured above, and features a “rugged, spill-resistant case” so that neither the grubbiest fingers nor the stickiest apple juice will have a chance of breaking it. It’s no Trimble Yuma, but it looks like it can take the bumps a kid-friendly netbook needs to.
The PeeWee Pivot Tablet Laptop (netbook) runs XP with nearly the standard formula – 1.6 GHz Atom, 1 GB RAM, and a smaller-than-average 60 GB hard drive.
One particular quote from CNet sums up some of the features PeeWee kids will enjoy:
The PeeWee Tablet Laptop ships with game titles for pre-K, early elementary, or upper elementary students, plus a free Walt Disney Windows XP theme, and a proprietary security suite so parents have complete control of how and when kids use the notebook–parents can also view browsing histories, block sites, take screenshots, and control the system remotely.
Additionally, it includes a painting tool, handwriting recognition software, an e-book reader, PDF viewer, webcam software, and Evernote.
Not too bad. The caveat, of course, is the pricetag – somehow none of these kid-friendly netbooks save for the OLPC manage to keep the price down, and this machine is no exception at $600. Still, if the durability, kid-friendly programs, and internet safeguards are worth it to parents, the PeeWee Pivot Tablet Laptop may just be their kiddie netbook of choice.