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Fuhu is a Los Angeles-area VC-funded startup that has, on specs and Web marketing alone, the most exciting kid tablet out now. The just-released Nabi 2 is basically a Google Nexus 7, down to its $199 price. The Tegra 3-based hardware spanks most of the other competitors out there. What the Nabi does come with is the obligatory orange rubber case, parental controls, and a bunch of pre-loaded games and educational apps as well as videos and songs which Wired's reviewer (and his 4-year-old son) loved.
Tabeo, Kurio, Nabi and now the Kuno: what's with all of the tablets that sound like sushi restaurants? Seriously, the Kuno 3 is a 10-inch tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich on top of a 1.2 GHz ARM A8 chip, 1 GB RAM, and 16 GB of storage. And it costs about $500 to schools.
So what makes the Kuno stand out? Apparently, the CurriculumLoft software from the Indianapolis company of the same name that makes the Kuno. CurriculumLoft helps teachers manage their classrooms, and helps the school's techies manage the Kuno tablets.
That combination has helped the Kuno get deployed by a number of districts. Martin Elementary in Illinois is rolling out 1,200 Kunos, while San Felipe Del Rio District in Texas is rolling out 1,600 Kunos. See my Google map of tablet deployments, fall 2012, to see a number of others.
I plan to interview the executives of Kuno on Thursday, Sept. 13, so if you have any questions, please tweet them to me at @ericylai or e-mail me at email@example.com.
The VINCI Tab II M is a new $169, 5-inch tablet from a company, Rullingnet Corp. that released its first 7-inch version a year ago. The smaller size makes it suitable for toddlers as young as 18 months - indeed, the company is jumping into the market for training baby geniuses once dominated by Disney's Baby Einstein DVDs.
There are over 500 apps and e-books available to kids. Globally-minded parents will love that the VINCI curriculum apps can be set to work in French, Spanish and Chinese in addition to English. The company is also trying to woo app and content developers by promising a 75% revenue share.
Technical specs for the VINCI include Android 2.3, 800x480 screen, 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 processor and 8 GB of storage. So no quad-core Tegra 3 under the hood, like the Google Nexus or Fuhu Nabi.