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Karuma Innovations debuts the kid-friendly PlayBase Plus tablet with anti-microbial protection

The Android-running slate comes with a “medical grade white silicon cover”, a 7-inch display and an ARM Cortex A8 processor

The Singapore-headquartered tech company Karuma Innovations has reportedly introduced its second slate PC for kids, called PlayBase Plus. What is more, the manufacturer said on Twitter a few days ago that this is the “world’s first antibacterial tablet”. There are already a number of kid-friendly devices in the market including the Meep!, ChildPad and Kurio (to name a few), so it remains to be seen how well this one will compete with them.

The PlayBase+ presumably uses silver seal technology to protect you against microbes and it is the display that actually kills the nasty germs. Karuma has apparently managed to “safely and effectively incorporate silver” into their 7-inch capacitive multitouch-enabled screen (800-by-480 pixels resolution), which has been tested on over 50 different bacteria species and the results indicate that it kills up to 99.9% of them.

Under the hood, the tablet has an ARM Cortex A8 central processing unit that houses one core clocked at 1.2GHz and an integrated Mali-400 graphics controller. In addition, the PlayBase+ supposedly comes with 1GB of DDR3 internal memory, 8GB of flash storage (expandable by up to 32GB through the built-in microSD card reader slot), two stereo speakers and a 0.3MP front-facing camera for video chats.

Reportedly, the device measures 9.7mm at its thickest point, weighs 325grams and offers up to 4 hours of battery life. Users will also be provided with a Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n module, one micro-USB port, an accelerometer and an Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (there is a custom user interface on top of the OS).

The maker has included a few applications for the kids, including YogiPlay, NetNanny and SafePlay. The PlayBase+ is priced at $229.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-03-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)