Last Tuesday Amazon started selling, Glow, the appliance combines video calling and interactive activities like gaming, drawing and reading into a single device for children.
“Anyone who has tried to have a video call with a young child can share many stories of kids not staying in one place and running around the house with a phone in their hand,” explained Glow Head of Marketing Behrang Assadi.
“With Glow, kids are engaged and enjoy playing games, reading books, and drawing on a giant 19-inch projected space while seeing their remote family member or friend on an eight-inch screen right in front of them, having fun with the same content on a tablet or mobile phone they already own,” he told TechNewsWorld.
“Glow truly provides the next best thing to having fun when you are in-person,” he said.
Glow is an unusual videoconferencing solution, says Mark N. Vena, president and principal analyst at SmartTechResearch, a technology advisory firm in San Jose, Calif.
“Unlike other video conferencing solutions, its dual-screen capability has a built-in screen for the remote caller’s face and another projected onto the table below, which can be used as a touchscreen,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Everything a user sees on the tabletop screen is — most of the time — mirrored on the remote caller’s iOS or Android tablet.”
Glow was designed to help kids have more loving adults in their lives, and remove distance barriers to building strong connections, Assadi explained.
“Glow makes it possible for one child to have aunts, uncles, grandparents and family friends all one click away on the Glow device, one click away from hours of fun that kids just can’t have on a traditional video call,” he said.
Glow is currently only available for sale on Amazon in the United States but hopefully, it will hit Canada in the near future.