Tech Week: Vinci Tablet – Great High Tech Device for Special Needs

We test a lot of products. High tech iPad apps, no tech wooden blocks and everything in between. I was excited to test out the Vinci Touch Creen Mobile Learning System.

We received the 7″ tablet with wifi (on sale for $169) and right out of the box I was impressed. a decent sized screen, good graphics and a solid frame with rubber to help protect it if mishandled by small hands. (Although the screen is still exposed, so we had to make sure Brady wasn’t chucking down the stairs like he’s been know to do with his Kid Tough camera. We charged it up and dove right in.

Now you may be asking at this point, “why do I need yet another tablet?” Well with the Vinci you don’t really need a secondary one for adults because with a swipe of the hand and a password, you can unlock it, connect it to the wifi and download apps and treat it like a “regular” tablet. Lock it back up and it’s back to having just those apps, songs and videos for the kids again.

I could just retell you all the info from their website, but instead, here is a brief synopsis of what’s it’s all about before I dive into my review.

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The perfect gift for that special child – VINCI Tab was created as a new category of fun learning tools with the goal to engage, empower and educate children.  By using a scaffolding teaching method designed by developmental psychologists, parents encourage their children to participate in constructive play and promote early learning. Unlike any other electronic toy or tablet, VINCI grows with the child by offering the award winning VINCI Curriculum, a step-by-step learning structure comprised of 43 learning subjects and 3 levels of assessment, and covers all 6 aspects of a child’s developing mind: Thinking Skills; Emotional & Social Skills; Language and Literacy; Math & Logical Reasoning; General Knowledge; and Science.

VINCI Tab is the only technology platform that helps parents clearly visualize the path of their children’s future success.

With WIFI and Parent Login, VINCI Tab instantly switches to regular tablet mode for high quality web browsing, emails, social networking and entertainment with HD video and music support.

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Vinci Tablet - Inspire the Genius

I just first want to give you a glimpse at how we used the tablet to start. They have built in apps (you can download more on their site) and games and ebooks, but what my son loved were 2 simple things.

  1. The camera (naturally). He loves filming himself, the ceiling fans and even filmed himself on his camera, filming the ceiling fans. He’s one silly kid!
  2. The built in music videos. Classic songs with a wildly addicting computerized baby either singing or acting out the song. I must have listened to the Wheels on the Bus and Row, Row, Row Your Boat a hundred times in the past week.

For a kid who doesn’t watch TV and could care less about movies that don’t involve Buzz and Woody, he was enthralled in this virtual babies world.

We tried the apps with him but he knows how to exit and go right back to those videos, so I’m hoping by my next post later this week, that I’ll be able to share a bit more about those.

I did manage to get myself hooked on an app where you have to lift up hens to find the eggs. Since this is geared to 18 -30 months to start, I outsmarted those hens at my ripe old age of 30-something. Brady eventually wanted to see what I was playing and at first randomly lifted hens here and there until he started to figure out the pattern. The white hens had the eggs under them, and as he figured that out, the game got a bit harder and then the brown hens had them.

Even though the curriculum is geared to kids well under his 4 1/2 years, with the Autism and other developmental delays, this proved to be right on target for him and was really helping with this cognitive thinking and focus. Now lets hope we can get him to agree to play a few more games so I can test out the other Parent features like the Vindi Diary which tracks milestones that you want to record and shows your child’s progress.

The age range for this device is 18 months through 9 years and Carter, age 8, was itching to get his hands on it as well.

A few things to be aware of with this tablet, the typing on the small screen takes some time to get used to. I’m used to large keys on the laptop or iPad, so it was a bit tricky getting my pudgy fingers to hit the right keys when trying to unlock it into Parent Mode. Also if Brady left it on a music video too long or tried to play with it while it charged, the screen would freeze. Not every time and it was super simple to fix just by holding down the power button for 10 seconds or so and waiting a minute for it to boot up.

You can find out more about the Vinci Tablet and their other products on their site – VinciGenius.com. Also, follow along on twitter @VinciGenius or check my tweets and instagrams as Brady and I explore the fun!

disclosure: We were given a tablet with a curriculum pre-installed in order to facilitate this honest review. No monetary compensation was made. 

Emily

Fueled by coffee and wine. Wife to a doc, mom to three boys (one with Autism), self-proclaimed tortoise wrangler. I knit, I get crafty, I tweet.

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