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Fisher-Price Develops iPhone Case For Toddlers

By - Source: Wired | B 22 comments

Get'em started young.

Is all of this news about new phones such as the Motorola Atrix or Samsung Galaxy S II making you question your iPhone's future? Well Fisher-Price has a solution called the "Laugh & Learn Baby iCan Play Case".

Due out sometime this summer, Fisher-Price's latest addition to toddler educational toys turns your iPhone (or iPod touch) into a colorful, durable and chewable toy for the little ones.

If you're worried about your $400 phone being in the hands of a three year-old child, take comfort in the fact that the entire phone is well protected in case your child decides to throw the toy around.

For decades Fisher-Price has provided fun alternatives to books by incorporate games and toys into learning. Now, we can probably expect the release of several iPhone apps that will go along with the Laugh & Learn Baby iCan Play Case.

With the great features of the iPhone such as a camera, accelerometer and gyroscope the future of Fisher-Price educational apps is very promising.

It may sound impractical to give such an expensive phone to toddlers, but in a world where new phones are being released every few months, Fisher-Price has developed a great alternative to recycling or reselling that old iPhone of yours. No details on pricing yet, but expect to see the iCan Play Case in stores sometime during the summer.

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    pacioli , February 15, 2011 9:47 PM
    No worries about holding it wrong there!
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    ericburnby , February 15, 2011 10:15 PM
    My kids, at 4 & 7 are past this. However the recycling part is a good idea. I gave my kids my old iPhone 3's when we got new iPhone 4's. They've been beating on them, dropping them and generally not being nice and they're still holding up well for close to 1 year now. They both love playing games on them and both picked up the concept of a touch screen right away.

    I can see apps for younger kids really catching on. Good on Fisher Price.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2011 10:22 PM
    Now why does a toddler need an iphone? they need "My baby can read" not "My baby can become an Apple hipster"
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    deltatux , February 15, 2011 11:01 PM
    why would a baby need a cell phone ... wtf?
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    Travis Beane , February 15, 2011 11:38 PM
    I let my 3 year old nephew play with my PSPgo, he loved it. Sure, he could only do the most basic game I had (Spyro), but he still could. I also taught him some basic PC children's games.
    A iphone for a child? No problem. I'd suggest going for a cheaper alternative however, as a child doesn't need a 8-64GB MP3 player or a high speed 3G connection or to make phone calls.
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    f-14 , February 15, 2011 11:52 PM
    Steve Jobs:
    to my loyal customers no more holding it wrong! brilliant! another apple what did i do with that patent.....
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    Xyclone , February 16, 2011 12:49 AM
    I am sorry, but I don't see any reason why I would want to poison my toddler's mind with this stuff. That is just going to start them down a bad road...
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    distanted , February 16, 2011 5:36 AM
    "Hey, babe. How you doin? Me? I'm just chillin in my crib..."
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    eddieroolz , February 16, 2011 5:49 AM
    Seriously, if you have the money to give your toddlers an iPhone, spend it on some actual toys.
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2011 6:36 AM
    Yes, but what about a couple of years from now when your contract expires and the iPhone7 is about to ship. That 3GS is worth less that your paypal fees on ebay, and there ARE a lot of good children's apps for the thing. That Alphabet train game and other learning/game items. My little girl got me in a bit of trouble when she figured out how to unlock mom's iPhone and rearrange the icons--just before she turned 1. Why not slap an old phone in a case and let the kid play with it at that point?
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    rantoc , February 16, 2011 12:28 PM
    Why have a healthy toddler when you can expose it to phone antennas, all the nice chemicals the case is made of ect in a must have thing for a baby - The phone.

    And that is now possible even before they matured! If they get cancer young they won't likely pester their parents for another phone because they are dead! I can see the sheep are gathering in line for the latest "invention".

    A thing any responsible parent must have! /sigh
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    christop , February 16, 2011 1:54 PM
    My baby is c+ programmer.
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    RipperjackAU , February 16, 2011 2:15 PM
    christopMy baby is c+ programmer.

    I take it your baby is Indian?
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    Marco925 , February 16, 2011 3:36 PM
    pacioliNo worries about holding it wrong there!

    but putting it in wrong.... that's a different story
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    Avariche , February 16, 2011 4:27 PM
    No way a toddler of mine is playing with it. Mine damnit.
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2011 5:35 PM
    in other news, fisher price announces that they plan on powering their iPhone apps by fisher price berries, at $10 a pop it will keep your rug bitters entertained for half an hour
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    mayankleoboy1 , February 17, 2011 2:32 AM
    a whole generation of babis addicted to apple. OMG, thats [/i[ they said the world will end in 2012.
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    mayankleoboy1 , February 17, 2011 2:33 AM
    a whole generation of babis addicted to apple. OMG, thats they said the world will end in 2012.
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    mrubly , February 17, 2011 6:01 PM
    I let my kids play with my iPod Touch all the time. They have some really nice apps for kids so they think they're playing when they are actually learning. I think it doesn't make "a whole generation of babis addicted to apple", it helps them also learn the touch screen and tilt features that you can find in almost all smart phones. In my opinion it helps the children learn the new technologies, so it's not much of a task for them to learn the newer technologies when they get older.
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    WyomingKnott , February 17, 2011 6:19 PM
    "Fun alternatives to books?"

    Great Caesar's Ghost, what a horrible turn of phrase. I won't even go into the educational implications.
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