Clear some space on your family wall unit, because your little one is about to claim some real estate on there this holiday season. LeapFrog, the educational toy company, has set its sights on the gaming console, and given its track record with converting popular consumer tech products into kid-safe toys (think the LeapPad tablets and the Leapster Explorer handheld gaming unit), the company is sure to have a holiday hit on its hands this year.
LeapTV ($150), unveiled today, is a video gaming system specifically designed for kids ages 3 to 8 years old that fuses educational concepts with familiar characters and active play. With three types of play — classic control, where the controller acts in the traditional fashion; pointer play, where the controller converts into a LED pointer; and body motion, where kids are put into the game to interact with the characters — there are plenty of features to keep even the youngest gamers engaged. So just what makes LeapTV more tot-friendly than your standard Xbox or Wii console? Read on to see what it is all about.