Baby care and toys manufacturer Chicco has developed the Happy Tab, a "safe" tablet computer aimed at children from 18 months to 6 years old.
Based on the Android OS, Happy Tab provides children with interactive content and 26 pre-installed applications to stimulate their abilities at different stages of growth.
Developer Reply - which helped to develop the Tesco Hudl - worked with Chicco to design the "user experience" on the Happy Tab, as well as most of the games supplied with the device to stimulate the child’s skills in four main areas - language, hand coordination, logic and creativity.
Reply personalisation and user experience design provides both the parent and the child with specific ways of interacting with the tablet. It also includes a system for updating the pre-installed apps, offers new apps and notifies users of new promotions offered by the Chicco brand.
Happy Tab’s parental control feature "ensures" that the child’s use of the tablet remains safe and monitored at all times. "Only the parents - and not the child - can access the internet via the tablet", Chicco said. Using a wifi connection parents are able to download new apps and make them available to the child.
The MP3 player on the device allows children to listen to a song in two different languages. And the personalisation of the Happy Tab operating system allows the parent to create a profile for each child, assigning applications by category and recommended age.
The parent’s access area is password protected. In addition, the parental interface allows limits to be set for the amount of time that each child can use the Happy Tab. A safety mechanism disables the tablet while it’s being charged.