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Meet Eddy, an Android tablet for kids with Intel Inside
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How many tablets that are sold in the Indian market are designed for kids? Well, the answer to that will be not many. Enter, the Metis Eddy, which is an Android tablet designed for kids and is powered by an Intel Atom chipset. The tablet is exclusively available via Amazon.in for Rs 9,999 and as an introductory offer Metis is offering discounts and offers worth Rs 4,500.

The Eddy is an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean tablet, but a tablet like no other. It has a custom user interface, which Metis calls Athena. Athena enables parents to handover the tablet to kids in a safe and secure way.

Using Athena, parents get a number of options and can restrict access to certain portions of the system, which include the Play Store. Athena supports multiple users, provision for time difference, safe internet browsing and ensures the children access violence free content. The parent can also seamlessly switch back to a standard Android interface.

The Eddy comes with a curated set of 160 apps designed for kids between the age of 2-10. There is a lot of pre-loaded content. There are over 300 key skills a child can learn between the age of 2-10, claims Metis and the tablet has content for these skills pre-loaded.

Metis has partnerships with app developers like Intellijoy, Tipitap, and iStoryBooks.

For Intel, which also has a reference design for educational tablets for the classroom, the Eddy is not competition. Intel's Sandeep Aurora, claims it is rather complimentary. "The Eddy is supplementary to what we are doing as our solution is to facilitate the usage of tablets or computing devices in the classroom," he said.

Metis co-founder Bharat Gulia claimed that the Intel chip was marginally more expensive than competing ARM options, but also the Intel branding had more leverage with kids. "You will be surprised how much kids know. They know their technology," he claimed.

Apart from the Intel chip, the tablet has some interesting features. For instance, the 7-inch screen on the tablet is scratch and impact resistant with 9H hardness. It also has UV-ray protection and has lower eyestrain in comparison to other tablets. There is also a drop safe bumper, which adds another layer of protection. This is important as children can drop gadgets.

As for the battery life, it only has 5 hours of battery life, but Metis does not see that to be a problem as the recommended usage for a child is only 1.5 hours. It also has 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by up to 32GB.

Metis claims the tablet has been developed after over two years of testing with kids in schools. Early-years programs at schools like Sanskriti, DPS, Springdales and Shriram in New Delhi helped in the development of the tablet. Earlier in January, the tablet was launched as a beta product. 

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