Parents’ Choice Foundation Honors VTech’s InnoTab Range, Kidizoom Smartwatch and More
Chicago – VTech (www.vtechkids.com), a world leader in age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children, today announced six products were recognized by the Parents' Choice Foundation in its Fall 2014 Toy Awards program. VTech's acclaimed InnoTab® range received four Parents' Choice Awards, while the Kidizoom® Smartwatch and Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser™ were also recognized for exceptional content and play value. The full list of winners is available on www.parents-choice.org.
The Kidizoom Smartwatch received a Parents' Choice Recommended Award, along with the InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet, a fourth-generation children's learning tablet with Wi-Fi and InnoTab Learning Cartridges Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Busy Day in Alphabet Town and Learn to Write with Cody & Cora. The InnoTab 3 Plus Learning Tablet and Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser were both honored with a Parents' Choice Approved Award. Nine VTech products have earned accolades from the Parents' Choice Foundation this year.
"We are thrilled to receive nine awards from the prestigious Parents' Choice Foundation for our versatile product range this year, including original content for the InnoTab line and our standout of the holiday season – the Kidizoom Smartwatch," said William To, President, VTech Electronics North America. "All of these products deliver educational and rewarding age-appropriate content for learning fun."
"VTech's toys and tablets continue to attract kids to learning through play," said Claire Green, President, Parents' Choice Foundation. "That's what kids want and parents applaud."
VTech's award-winning products include:
InnoTab® 3S Plus (www.vtechkids.com/innotabrange): InnoTab 3S Plus lets kids learn, create and connect using a kid-safe Wi-Fi connection to the Internet. Now children can search VTech and parent-approved websites as well as communicate in real time with Premium VTech Kid Connect™ on their very own kids' tablet. Exchange text and voice messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers with smart phones using the exclusive app available for free on the App StoreSM and Google Play™. In addition to the Rechargeable Power Pack and 16 included apps, children will have access to more than 650 additional cartridges, software and apps that can be downloaded from VTech's Learning Lodge®. The Wish List Maker lets children explore games, e-Books, videos, music and more, and send their favorites right to mom or dad's e-mail. Movie Maker allows kids to become their own director, using their photos to create amazing movies. Unleash children's creative sides with Art Studio and watch them color, draw, paint and decorate with special stickers. Age-appropriate content includes a recommended age and grade range to meet each child's unique needs. The expert-supported curriculum includes reading, math, social studies, handwriting, science, problem solving, geography and much more. Use the tilt sensor to interact with games, use the D-pad controller to choose directions and talk into the microphone to add to the fun. Children will love taking photos using the 180° rotating camera with over 55 special effects and using the video recorder to make movies. They can even import and listen to their own MP3s with the music player. (Ages 3-9 years, MSRP: US$79.99)
InnoTab® 3 Plus (www.vtechkids.com/innotabrange): Open up a world of learning fun with the InnoTab 3 Plus. This learning tablet now includes a Rechargeable Power Pack for no additional charge so kids can recharge their InnoTab 3 Plus again and again. Children will enjoy playing on this fun learning tablet for kids with 12 included apps and access to more than 650 additional cartridges, software and apps that can be downloaded from VTech's Learning Lodge®. Age-appropriate content includes a recommended age and grade range to meet each child's unique needs. The expert-supported curriculum includes reading, math, social studies, handwriting, science, problem solving, geography and much more. Use the tilt sensor to interact with games, use the touch screen or D-pad controller to choose directions and talk into the microphone to add to the fun. Children will love taking photos using the 180° rotating camera with over 55 special effects and using the video recorder to make movies. They can even import and listen to their own MP3s with the music player. (Ages 3-9 years, MSRP: US$59.99)
InnoTab® Learning Cartridge Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Busy Day in Alphabet Town (www.vtechkids.com/downloads): Explore Alphabet Town with Casey, Paul, Frank and Cyrus in the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Busy Day in Alphabet Town game for InnoTab Learning Tablets. Read about their adventure in the e-Book or join the residents of Alphabet Town as they build roads, rescue kittens and more in fun learning games. This InnoTab software title features nine creative activities and learning games that teach letters, numbers and more. (Ages 2-5 years, MSRP: US$24.99)
InnoTab® Learning Cartridge Learn to Write with Cody & Cora (www.vtechkids.com/downloads): Go on learning adventures with Cody the Smart Cub® and Cora the Smart Cub® in Learn to Write with Cody & Cora for InnoTab Learning Tablets. Kids can read the e-Book about an adventure Cody and Cora take while writing and spelling words or learn and develop handwriting skills in a progressive manner with 11 activities and games. (Ages 3-6 years, MSRP: US$24.99)
Kidizoom® Smartwatch (www.vtechkids.com/kidizoomsmartwatch): The interactive Kidizoom Smartwatch lets kids capture photos, add photo effects, record videos and play built-in games for learning fun on the go. Complete with an easy-to-use 1.4" color touch screen, as well as more than 50 digital and analog clock displays, the multi-functional Kidizoom Smartwatch is perfect for kids learning to tell time. It boasts a rechargeable battery, alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, voice recorder with five voice changing effects and parental game controls. Made just for kids, the Kidizoom Smartwatch features a durable design to withstand drops and bumps and is splash and sweat proof. The Kidizoom Smartwatch is PC and MAC compatible for uploading photos, videos and recorded voice files and offers access to VTech's Learning Lodge® app store, where parents can download even more games and watch displays to extend the learning fun. Available in four vibrant colors: blue, pink, white and green. (Ages 4 years and up, MSRP: US$59.99)
Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser™: Cruise into the learning zone on the Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser. This 2-in-1 toy grows with children and transforms from a floor play toy with detachable steering wheel activity panel to an exciting ride-on toy. The interactive steering wheel features driving, learning and music modes with more than 80 songs, sounds and phrases that introduce animals, opposites and first words. Turn on the engine, move the gear shifter or press the horn to hear realistic driving sound effects. Children can pretend to drive to six different fun locations with arrow buttons teaching the concept of direction and road safety. Attach the steering wheel to the cruiser and it becomes a fun ride-on toy. The Sit-to-Stand Cruiser also has a fun front activity panel and under seat storage children can fill with small toys for more fun on the go! (Ages 6-36 months, MSRP: US$39.99)
VTech works closely with a panel of children's learning specialists on the development of its infant and preschool learning products. Each one of the Expert Panel members specializes in developmental or educational fields for children from birth through nine years of age. VTech and the Expert Panel collaborate to ensure their products and content deliver the best learning experience possible for every child at every stage of development. To learn more about VTech's Expert Panel, go to www.vtechkids.com/parenting.
Each child grows at a different pace mentally, emotionally and physically, and has different needs as they grow through various life stages. Insight from these developmental and education experts allows VTech to provide parents with guidelines and recommendations to help them make informed choices. VTech delivers an expansive selection of toys that are appropriate for their child's particular age and stage and to accompany them as they continue to grow and reach new developmental milestones. These recommendations have been compiled into a Milestones resource, which can be found at www.vtechkids.com/milestones.
For more information about the complete VTech product range, please visit www.vtechkids.com.
VTech is a world leader in age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children. As a pioneer in the learning toy category, VTech develops high-quality, innovative educational products that enrich children's development and make learning fun. With a rich, almost 35 year history, VTech has not only established itself as a learning authority but also consistently remains at the forefront of innovation with multiple award-winning products such as the InnoTab® MAX, its first children's learning tablet with Android™ learning content, Kidizoom® Smartwatch, the first smartwatch for kids, InnoTab® 3S, MobiGo®, V.Reader® and V.Smile®. The Learning Lodge®, VTech's comprehensive app store, features a robust library of more than 800 educational and entertaining games, e-Books, music and videos with engaging age-appropriate content across the widest variety of curricula, with content expanding to offer even more titles. The company also has a broad range of award-winning infant and preschool products available in 24 different languages worldwide, with more than 100 new products introduced every year. In order to further strengthen VTech's position as a learning authority, the company's Expert Panel, with esteemed experts in reading, language arts, science, math and child development, consult on new product introductions and Learning Lodge content.
VTech Electronics North America, LLC is based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. VTech Electronics Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with distribution globally. VTech is the global leader in electronic learning products from infancy to preschool.
About the Parents' Choice Foundation
The Parents' Choice Foundation is the nation's oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality children's media.
Best known for the Parents' Choice Awards® program, the Parents' Choice Award Seals are the Foundation's internationally recognized and respected icons of quality. The Parents' Choice Awards are designed to help parents and caregivers make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children. The Parents' Choice Awards program honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, mobile apps, software, videogames, television and websites.
Parents' Choice Foundation's panels of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and, yes, kids themselves, identify the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels. Products are evaluated based on design and function, the educational value, long-term play value, and the benefits to a child's social and emotional growth and well being.