The Tag Reading System brings books to life. Easy to use, amazingly responsive and small enough for a child to take anywhere, the Tag reader takes just one touch to make words talk and pictures sing. A small, sophisticated infrared camera at the tip of the reader reads letters, words and symbols printed on the special dot-patterned pages of books in the Tag reader collection. The Tag Reading System is built around a custom, mixed-signal ASIC designed by LeapFrog, that incorporates a 32-bit RISC processor, DSP driven stereo audio system with multi-channel MIDI hardware, specialized control logic and power management functions. The Tag reader's proprietary operating system allows this compact device to perform myriad specialized functions; including absolute position detection, game logic processing, event logging to monitor users' progress within the content, and high-quality real-time audio decompression and playback. Designed for children aged four to eight, the Tag Reading System works with a diverse library, including activity storybooks with popular characters. Kids can continue to use the Tag system as their knowledge grows, choosing to hear an entire story read aloud, hear it read line-by-line or hear individual words. Using the LeapFrog Connect Application designed for the Tag system, parents can download each book's audio, then drag and drop content onto the reader. Best of all, each time parents connect the Tag reader, they can view their children's progress along LeapFrog's proprietary Learning Path and access further content to match their children's interests and needs.
A unique touch and talk device that brings stories to life, the Tag Reading System works with a library of books and games from LeapFrog. Funny voice-overs and cool sound effects add to the fun of discovery, helping ensure that children four to eight love the way this interactive, educational system boosts their confidence and their reading level.
The tag reader is designed to fit comfortably in small hands. View larger.
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Let's Play Tag!
|What We Think |
(what this means)
The Good: Educational tool brings stories to life
The Bad: Supply of compatible books and games is not endless
In a Nutshell: The Tag reader is a fun way to keep kids interested in learning
|At a Glance |
Ages: 4 to 8
Requires: 2 AAA batteries; setup uses a computer and the Internet
With a wide grip that's perfect for little hands, the Tag reader adds a unique element to story time. The included book, Ozzie and Mack
, features the rhyming adventures of Ozzie Otter and his playful animal friends. Text for this book is preloaded onto the Tag reader, so as soon as you load two AAA batteries (not included) into the reader, the story can begin.
A little camera in the tip of the reader identifies words and symbols on the specially printed pages, giving kids lots of options. They can pick between starting a story at the beginning and having it read all the way through, playing a page at a time, or reading themselves and using the Tag reader to hear single, tricky words spoken aloud. This last option inspires kids to try reading books they might otherwise avoid, since the Tag reader is always there to help them out.
Young readers are sure to enjoy the way character voices add drama to their favorite stories, the way touching certain pictures inspires quirky sound effects, and the leveled activities included in LeapFrog books.
Explore the World of Reading
LeapFrog presents a library of books that are compatible with the Tag reader. Classics like The Little Engine That Could come to life, and kids' favorite characters, such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Kung Fu Panda, help them connect with new stories. LeapFrog has even teamed with National Geographic Kids to present activity cards featuring different animals that the Tag reader brings to life.
To use additional books and games, you'll need to install the LeapFrog connect application on your computer. Once this is done, it becomes easy to download audio for the books you have and put them on your Tag reader. Use the included USB cable to connect the reader to your computer, and drag-and-drop up to five stories onto it.
Watch Children Fall in Love With Books
Young readers may be too busy following the escapades of their new friends to realize they are building phonics skills, expanding their vocabulary, and improving their reading comprehension. The Learning Path can help you keep up with their progress. This parent-centered section of the LeapFrog connect computer application allows you to download education information from the reader to your computer and track your child's progress. Use it to help customize your child's unique learning journey and celebrate educational milestones.
Overall, this innovative touch system makes reading an enjoyable experience, and there's plenty of room for the system to grow with your child's skills. Watching as children learn new skills and thinking up new ways to be involved in the learning process keeps adults on their toes. While the reader seemed quite durable, the imaginative world of stories that it opens up is a gift that will long outlast the reader itself.
Although headphones are not included, the Tag reader is compatible with most headphones, so kids can concentrate on reading without being distracted or disrupting others.
What's in the Box
Tag Reader, USB cable, LeapFrog Connect software CD, and the book Ozzie and Mack.