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Kids Imitate Parents With High Tech Toys

Techstination feature for Tuesday, March 6, 2001

They're the candy cigarettes of the new millennium. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. Kids love to imitate their parents. That's why those candy cigarettes were so popular years ago. Today... .kids can carry around gadgets just like mom and dad. For instance...

"This is a WaveLink, wireless audio video email."

Craig Erickson of Kessel Software Studios which is making just one of a new breed of handheld computing devices for kids. One of the best is from leading educational toy maker Leap Frog. VP Matt Brown... says it lets them save their schedules and phone numbers... ...

"And what you're going to be able to do, what's very exquisite about the Excelerator, is that you'll be able to go online and select the textbook that you're using. So if you have a particular history textbook or a reading, grammar book or a math book ... you just pick that book and then we will download every week or two weeks or every month... questions around the chapter that you're working on."

The device should be out this fall for about 110 dollars. Besides hand helds for kids... Intel is coming out with what it calls... a Digital Movie Creator... .

"This is a tiny device. Looks like an old super 8 movie camera. What it lets you do is go out and record video and audio when you're away from the PC. So imagine, kids can go chronicle their school bus trip or go down the aisle in their classroom and do a little video diary."

Intel's Jeff Abbate. The movie making begins this fall for under a hundred dollars. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.