Teachers and students may extoll the virtues of tablets in the classroom, but what about the distractions that come with the technology? After all, a teacher can't have students playing Angry Birds and texting during math class.
Enter the Kineo, created by the Florida-based Brainchild, which is an Android-powered tablet with no distracting functions.
President of Brainchild, Jeff Cameron, said of the new product: "Learning devices need to enhance instruction, not be a distraction ... Kineo removes the temptation for students to text or surf." Brainchild removes that temptation with Kineo by watering down the device. It will feature no messaging, no camera, and will only have access to pre-approved sites.
For specs, the Kineo will be Wi-Fi enabled and have a heavy-duty, 7-inch touchscreen with an 800 x 480 resolution. In addition, it will have the ability to play multimedia and video files and 10-12 hours of battery life.
Inside, the Kineo will have an 800 MHz dual core processor, 2GB of internal storage, 256 DDR RAM, and runs Android version 2.1. As for inputs and outputs, it will have an HDMI port, SD card slot, USB port, and stereo and headphone jacks.
The Kineo will cost $300, with Brainchild currently taking orders for shipments beginning in March.
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