Technological toy aids learning

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 October, 2007, 12:00am

A new personal computer designed to recognise the abilities of children aged between three and 12 will be launched in Hong Kong next year.

The product was jointly developed by Iceland-based technology firm MIND, which focuses on cutting-edge products for children, and Spanish retailer Imaginarium, which specialises in products for young people and families.

The companies say the smart computer will bridge the gap between technology and toys.

The computer has an interchangeable interface, which means it responds flexibly to each young user's individual ability.

It is a hybrid between education and entertainment, and the makers hope it will support personal development.

As well as being easy for children to use, the companies emphasise that it is safe for them to go online as it is a controlled environment.

The computer connects online via Wi-fi or 3G and parents can easily activate plug-in keys that contain links to websites suitable for children.

In addition, the computer is power efficient and eco-friendly as it does not have a hard drive or cooling system, thanks to its advanced technology. This is also good news for sustainable development.

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