Move over Nintendo, Meep! is the future of children’s entertainment

For $150 you have a few options for a shiny new Birthday present for your child; you could go the traditional route and pick up the latest iteration of Nintendo’s DS, or you could head towards a device with a little more versatility. The people over at Oregon Scientific are hoping you choose the latter with the launch of Meep! This humbly spec’d Android tablet is designed for younger children who need a fun, yet educational entertainment source. It has a 7-inch display, a single-core 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, and a camera.

The tablet runs a heavily modified version of Android 4.0, and the Play Store is replaced with their own Meep! Store. It also comes loaded with an app for parents to control usage of the tablet. The Meep! store features everything from Android games such as Angry Birds to e-books and movies to fill up the 4gb of pre-loaded storage. Software isn’t the only selling point of Meep!, there’s also a variety of accessories including steering wheels, joysticks and even a piano keyboard. So, if you’re a parent looking for a nice change of pace from the usual expensive and noneducational staples of children’s gaming, you may want to have a closer look at this device. Hit the break for a quick video and the press release.

Oregon Scientific Introduces Innovative, Fully Loaded

MEEP! Tablet Designed Just for Kids

Accessories, Cloud-Based Parental Controls & Durability

Set MEEP! Apart from the Competition

 

Tualatin, OR – October 2, 2012 – Cutting edge technology, durability, interactive content, a design made just for kids and a full line of action-packed accessories. The MEEP! tablet from Oregon Scientific has it all. The new 7-inch, Android 4.0 (‘Ice Cream Sandwich’) tablet is Wi-Fi enabled and features the most rugged durability of any tablet on the market. With a protective and fun, bright orange silicon bumper, a recessed screen and a cutting-edge zForce® touch screen that won’t shatter when dropped, MEEP! withstands wear and tear from the backseat or the playground to the schoolyard or the couch. MEEP! ($149.99) is currently available at all major national retailers including Toys “R” UsTargetBest Buy,RadioShackKmart, Meijer, Boscov’s, BJ’sAmazon.comWal-Mart.com, Kohls.com and QVC.

Every aspect of MEEP! was designed for kids and the way they interact with electronics. From the rugged, horizontal design to the easy-to-use, uncluttered interface laid out to be controlled by kids’ thumbs, MEEP! is designed to be a pick-up and play device that kids can take with them anywhere they go. The innovative zForce touch screen powered by Neonode®Multisensing™ Technology makes it simple for kids to quickly access content with the lightest touch of their thumb, and a scrolling menu system makes apps, games, music, videos and more quickly accessible.

As much as MEEP! was designed for kids, the tablet also appeals to parents with customizable cloud-based settings that parents can control and adjust without having to take the tablet out of their child’s hands. By simply visiting the Parents Portal on MEEPTablet.com from any device with a web browser (computer, smart phone, tablet), parents can not only hand-pick (“whitelist”) which websites or keywords their kids have or don’t have access to, but they can add words to the tablet’s built-in “bad word” list so their child will not be able to search for those words or use them in the chat feature. Oregon Scientific also maintains a “blacklist” of inappropriate content that is updated by moderators on an ongoing basis which parents can add to. In addition, parents can actively monitor their child’s online activity, limit play time duration and provide a virtual allowance for purchasing apps via MEEP! coins without needing to access the physical tablet.

From the hottest pre-loaded content including Angry Birds, UNO, Toon Goggles, art and learning apps and more to the MEEP! Store, MEEP! provides the rich interactive experience that kids are clamoring for. Games, books, videos and apps available in the MEEP! store have all been cleared for kid-friendliness by Oregon Scientific and are either free or can be purchased with MEEP! coins. Additionally, Google Play can be accessed from the Parents Portal to purchase additional content, and applications are seamlessly downloaded to the tablet with parental permission.  Music, movies and e-books that parents or kids have previously purchased on a PC or Mac can also be easily transferred to the MEEP! via the USB cable that is included in the package. The MEEP! tablet has 4GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot to install additional memory. Kids can also capture favorite moments – still photos or videos – to share with friends and family via the tablet’s built-in, front-facing camera and can display content on the tablet to a television through HDMI.

A full suite of accessories is available for MEEP!, allowing kids to rock ‘n roll with a portable piano, drum pad, headphones and microphone or master gaming skills with a joystick, steering wheel or dualplay Game-Pro Case. For added customization, additional silicon bumpers are available in Meepadelic Purple and Meepto Pink.

“We wanted to design a tablet that had all of the features and technology that tablets geared toward adults had without being ‘dumbed-down’ for 6-12 year olds. The challenge was providing them with content they would enjoy and that parents would feel confident was safe,” said Bill Fleckner, Vice President of Sales for Oregon Scientific, Inc. “We achieved that and more with MEEP! and are thrilled at the overwhelming response we’ve had so far from our retailers and content partners alike.”

“Oregon Scientific has a long history in creating innovative consumer technology and we’ve had tremendous success in the electronic learning products category,” said David Riley, Product and Marketing Director for Oregon Scientific, Inc. “We are excited to leverage that experience with a natural extension into the kids tablet category.”

MEEP! will be supported by dedicated marketing and public relations campaigns that include national TV advertising, parent and kid-directed online ads, a Radio Disney campaign and promotional support of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation featuring Selena Gomez. The national TV advertising plan includes :15 and :30 spots on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney XD and The Hub.

The MEEP! tablet is geared for kids 6 and up and is currently available at mass market retailers and online stores for a suggested retail price of $149.99. Accessories are each sold separately. MEEP! comes complete with a charger, USB cable and a quick start guide. For more information visit www.MeepTablet.com or like MEEP! on Facebook.

 

About Oregon Scientific

Founded in 1989, Oregon Scientific is headquartered in Tualatin; a quaint suburb of beautiful Portland, Oregon.  Oregon Scientific offers six families of products, ranging from youth & learning to sports & fitness.  Built from its hallmark of timing and weather devices, Oregon Scientific is expanding to meet the diverse needs of its customers to enhance the way we live, work and play.  Consider Oregon Scientific’s products to be Innovating the Everyday.

Oregon Scientific is a division of one of the world’s premier electronics manufacturers, Integrated Display Technology, Ltd. (IDT), based in Hong Kong.  IDT was founded in 1977 and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as IDT Technology. Oregon Scientific’s full line of product offerings can be found at: us.oregonscientific.com.

  • I saw this at BJ’s the other day, and it looks nice, and for a 7″ tablet the price isn’t too bad. And the silicone sleeve actually looks decent. I’ve looked at one other kids’ oriented tablet (don’t remember the brand, but it was at Best Buy), and the sleeve was just too loose. The screen also looked very nice – bright, with vibrant colors.

    Here are my concerns, though:

    (FTA) a 0.3mpx camera? really? If I wanted to do video chat with my daughter, all I’d see on my end is a fuzzy blur.

    The UI wasn’t exactly that intuitive. Now, I only played with the demo unit for about 1 minute, so take this comment with a grain of salt. But to load an app, you have this “wheel” that you spin that’s hanging off the right side of the tablet. Then you click the app. But don’t click the center of the wheel, that does something else. I dunno. To me it was a bit confusing. I think it would have been better to have a screen of larger tiles that you just press (but I’m looking for a tablet for when my daughter turns 3, and thinking usability for that age).

    The other big question I have – can I load and play videos? And I don’t mean from the Meep store. I have a ton of videos ripped that she watches, and if I can’t load these onto the tablet, it’s worthless to me. The primary use for the tablet for me is a “car TV” for long road trips. I’ll also use it to keep her busy if I know she’ll be bored for a long time (like grocery shopping). So, this isn’t just a “babysitter” for those wondering.

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    Oh, please! “Move over nintendo”? While the meep is a tablet, it doesn’t mean it’s really that good. For instance- you get 2 app stores. Just two. Google play and Meep! store. And they don’t have some apps that you want. For instance again- I spent ATLEAST an hour trying to get minecraft pe demo on my bro’s meep, and I still haven’t got it done. On the other hand, nintendo has multiple consoles, featuring many games and characters.