Kurio 4G LTE-connected kids tablet allows for full-time parental control
By Nick Lavars
January 8, 2014
Techno Source and KD Interactive first made waves in the childrens tablet market by collaborating to produce last year's Wi-Fi Kurio S Series devices. They have now returned to offer full-time parental control and connectivity with a CES debut of the Kurio 7x 4G LTE.
The new model retains the parental control settings of last year's device, and those typical of most kids tablets, enabling parents to create up to eight user profiles with separate files, apps and game progress while also determining the level of internet access for each. Parents can also set daily time limits and block particular websites and unsafe search terms.
In what could be a blessing and a curse for parents of tech-enthused kids, the Kurio 7x 4G LTE's connectivity will extend beyond regular Wi-Fi as a result of its Wireless WAN capability.
"If today's families are always on the go, why should their kid's tablet experience have to end when Wi-Fi connection is unavailable?" said Eric Levin, division head at Techno Source. "By teaming up with Verizon Wireless, we're not only offering kids a seamless Kurio experience, but with Verizon's Share Everything Plans, an affordable one at that."
Running Android 4.2 (Jellybean) through its quad core processor, the tablet also offers Bluetooth connectivity and advanced parental controls designed for mobile access. This includes such things as geolocation and data management and what the company describes as "remote administration features."
Techno Source is yet to specify a price for the tablet itself, though the company does claim that Verizon customers adding a tablet to their Share Everything Plan will cost an additional US$10. Shipping is estimated some time mid-2014.
Source: Techno Source