Wednesday, June 17th 2009

Disney and ASUS Launch Netbook for Kids

Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and ASUS, maker of the pioneering Eee PC netbook, have collaborated to develop the Disney Netpal, a netbook computer for children that’s fun, web-safe and easy to use. Developed with parents and kids in mind, the Disney Netpal by ASUS is durable, with a reinforced mechanical design, and offers a truly magical and engaging computing experience with a unique Disney user interface. Features include more than 40 robust parental control options, an 8.9-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi capabilities, Windows XP Home, and kid-friendly software featuring Disney characters and icons in stunning visual environments. Browsers and email have extra filters to assure that parents are able to control online safety and content for their children, and can easily select with whom their children can correspond via email. The Disney Magic Desktop “gadget tray” offers a creatively designed 2D menu displaying Disney-themed email, Disney-themed browser and a robust suite of Disney-themed parental control options.

With a user interface that is incredibly easy to use for both kids and parents, from package to set-up in four simple steps, the Disney Netpal will be available in late July in two models with prices based on features (see graphic below for Netpal feature comparisons). The Disney Netpal by ASUS is designed for kids ages 6-12. Retailers include Toys”R”Us and Amazon.com, and the suggested retail price is $349.99. Carrying cases will also be available separately.




“Today’s kids are a digital generation,” said Chris Heatherly, head of Disney’s Toymorrow team and VP of Toys and Consumer Electronics for Disney Consumer Products. “Parents are comfortable with their kids using the Internet, but they want to be assured that their kids are having a safe online experience. The Disney Netpal, designed together by ASUS and our Disney Toymorrow team, is a no-compromise device. There are plenty of terrific features and fun applications designed just for kids, but parents have ultimate control over the experience, with the power to set limits on how their kids are using the PC.”

Disney’s Toymorrow team is an internal group of Disney inventors, designers, engineers, researchers and product development experts. The Toymorrow team meets several times a year to brainstorm and develop new products and product concepts that focus on the convergence of toys and digital media in exciting, fun and creative ways.

ASUS is an established leader in the netbook category and is widely credited with launching the netbook craze, with nearly 7 million Eee PC netbooks sold to date.

“We’re proud to be involved in the creation of this very unique netbook for kids,” said Eric Chen, Vice President of ASUS’ Systems Business Group. “The Disney Netpal is creatively designed in a way that truly keeps the Disney magic alive, and its state-of-the-art features make it an excellent choice for kids and families.”

Disney Netpal By ASUS Is Easy: Kid-friendly Disney Magic Desktop, Applications and Widgets
The Disney Magic Desktop installed on the Disney Netpal by ASUS is an easy-to-use interface specifically tailored to kids, with an intuitive visual interface and instructions that make it easy for kids to operate the computer. Right out of the box, the Disney browser launches numerous kid-friendly Disney websites for kids to explore. The Disney Magic Desktop features a 2D “gadget tray” that displays bold visual icons for easy access to applications. Rounding off the Disney Netpal by ASUS’ fun, kid-friendly features are a collection of 15 easily-accessible widgets, including a stopwatch, digital memo pad, which inserts “reminder notes” on the Disney Magic Desktop, and a calculator.

Disney Netpal By ASUS Is Fun, Customizable And Colorful
The Disney Netpal by ASUS features two choices of stylishly designed lids; Disney Princess Pink boasts beautiful pink florals and Disney Magic Blue cleverly displays rows of miniature Mickey Mouse icons. Kids can dress their desktops with more than 10 customizable themes inspired by popular characters from Disney’s and Disney·Pixar’s most popular franchises, including Cars, Club Penguin, Disney Classic Characters, Disney Fairies, Disney Princess, Vintage Mickey Mouse, Toy Story and WALL-E. Themes that appeal to slightly older kids, such as Hannah Montana and JONAS The Series styles, are also available. Favorite character icons can be attached to email addresses.

Additional Disney-developed applications include Disney Mix for music and media management, and Disney Pix for photo customization and organization. The Disney Pix application features fun Disney Bobblehead software, which lets kids insert images of their faces on top of bodies, download them into videos and postcards and play wacky moving dance scenes, for hours of fun. The Radio Disney widget streams real-time music and lets kids simultaneously submit song requests, if they wish. The Disney Netpal by ASUS also includes a driving game, number game, memory game and photo scrapbook.

Disney Netpal By ASUS is Optimized for Web-Safety and Sports a Sleek Durable Design
The Disney Netpal by ASUS is designed to be kid-friendly, both in terms of durability and content permissions. It’s rugged and durable, with a spill-proof keyboard that protects against inadvertent liquid spills. The Disney Netpal by ASUS’ ShockShield data protection guards against data loss when the computer is subject to impact.

The Disney Netpal also allows parents to create a web-safe computing environment with 40 parental control options. Parents can pre-select email correspondence options, browsers, the websites their kids visit and the programs they use. These permissions can also be scheduled on a calendar, providing parents with a convenient, automated means of granting access on the days and times that they choose. Parents can also pull up data to determine where children spent time, and for how long. Additional websites can be added for access, but only if the parent approves and submits the request within the password-protected system.

Specifications:

Operating System:
- Genuine Windows XP Home

Display:
- 8.9” LED-backlit WSVGA screen (1024x600)

CPU:
- Intel ATOM N270

WLAN:
- 802.11 b/g/n

Memory:
- DDR2 SO-DIMM 1 GB

Storage:
- 160 GB HDD
- 16 GB SSD

Interface:
- 1 x VGA port (D-sub 15-pin for external monitor)
- 3 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x LAN RJ-45
- 2 x audio jacks: Headphone / Mic-in
- 1 x VGA port (D-sub 15-pin for external monitor)
- 3 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x LAN RJ-45
- 2 x audio jacks: Headphone / Mic-in

Camera:
- 0.3 M Pixel

Reader:
- MMC and SD (SDHC supported)

Audio:
- Hi-definition audio CODEC?Built-in stereo speakers?Analog Mic

Battery:
- 4200mAh Polymer, 5hrs

Dimensions:
- 248mm (W) x 173mm (D) x 28.7mm (H)

Weight:
- 1.2kg with battery
- 1kg with battery

Casing Colors:
Princess Pink, Magic BlueSource: TweakTown
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22 Comments on Disney and ASUS Launch Netbook for Kids

#1
Jizzler
Wish it had a little more "umfph" to it.

My little girl is already on a Phenom X4 :)
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#2
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
So it is their standard netbook with 50 Cents of Disney branding on it so they could charge $100 more for it?
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#3
MRCL
Learn to overclock with Mickey!
Goofy goofing around with mem timings!
Watch Donald get zapped by too high vcore!

My child, if I ever have one, will be raised like me: With a real system.
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#4
lemonadesoda
I think I might buy one of these FOR MYSELF. Just imagine the laughs I'll get when I beam my next Corporate PPT presentation from one of those. LOL :)

this one!
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#5
Triprift
Im sure parents will love this all they need in a ressesion.
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#6
AsRock
TPU addict
lemonadesoda said:
I think I might buy one of these FOR MYSELF. Just imagine the laughs I'll get when I beam my next Corporate PPT presentation from one of those. LOL :)

this one!
http://img.techpowerup.org/090617/Capture463.png
You would look like a tru ASSUS.
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#7
Triprift
If it had Monsters Inc Or Wall.e as the paint job id be interested lol. :p
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#8
MRCL
Triprift said:
If it had Monsters Inc Or Wall.e as the paint job id be interested lol. :p
*must not make comment about an Arielle or Belle paintjob*
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#9
hat
Enthusiast
:(

That is all.
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#10
Triprift
lemonadesoda said:
I think I might buy one of these FOR MYSELF. Just imagine the laughs I'll get when I beam my next Corporate PPT presentation from one of those. LOL :)

this one!
http://img.techpowerup.org/090617/Capture463.png
Either that or just rock up at a lan with one :p
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#13
Static~Charge
$350 for that? I built a much faster PC for my kids (Pentium Dual Core E5200, 2GB of memory, 17" LCD monitor, Windows 7 RC) for a lot less money. Granted, it wasn't a laptop, but it will run circles around this thing.
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#14
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
will it start singing disney tunes as soon as you open the lid????

Or maybe the laptop will suddenly grow legs & start jiving like propper little jive bunny watch him go! (complements of Pixar Studios) :toast::toast::toast:
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#15
DaJMasta
newtekie1 said:
So it is their standard netbook with 50 Cents of Disney branding on it so they could charge $100 more for it?
Their 'standard' netbook? It's actually reasonably priced since it's got 802.11n, both an HDD and an SSD, and an extended life battery. If it's actually more durable than their standard netbook, maybe buying one and installing a real OS would be worthwhile.
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#16
lemonadesoda
"Operating System:
- Genuine Windows XP Home "

is no worse than any other netbook.

But I agree, you should run a Windows Server Datacentre edition from one of these beauties. :laugh:

Actually, let's turn that around. Are there x86 builds of Windows Mobile available? With a touch sensitive screen, it would be GREAT for kids and early readers/learners.
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#17
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
DaJMasta said:
Their 'standard' netbook? It's actually reasonably priced since it's got 802.11n, both an HDD and an SSD, and an extended life battery. If it's actually more durable than their standard netbook, maybe buying one and installing a real OS would be worthwhile.
All of those features you just described are their standard netbook features...

It is just this netbook, with a pretty shell, a smaller screen, and less battery life...for the same price.:laugh:

It does lack Wireles N...but what child needs that?

And the disney netbook doesn't come with a 160GB and 16GB SSD, you get the option of one or the other.
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#18
TheMailMan78
Big Member
lemonadesoda said:
I think I might buy one of these FOR MYSELF. Just imagine the laughs I'll get when I beam my next Corporate PPT presentation from one of those. LOL :)

this one!
http://img.techpowerup.org/090617/Capture463.png
Epic WIN! I like your thinking! Man if I had money to blow I would definitely do this. :toast:
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#19
Triprift
I thought your daughters would of been bugging ya for one MailMan. :p
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#20
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Triprift said:
I thought your daughters would of been bugging ya for one MailMan. :p
There is no way they will ever see this. If they did I would never hear the end of it.
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#21
denice25
nice info.... thanks for the post..
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#22
El_Mayo
Jizzler said:
Wish it had a little more "umfph" to it.

My little girl is already on a Phenom X4 :)
wow! lmao
how old?
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