Kurio Smart, LeapFrog Epic, Tearaway Unfolded and Thimble

Here’s some product news from one of our weekly issues.

Late last night we sent out our September issue with some important new products. From a hardware point of view, have a look at Kurio Smart. It breaks new ground in the school-related portable device space, because it doesn’t run on Android.

It’s a (gasp) Windows device, with a detachable keyboard, and dare we say… it’s cute. That’s the only time we’ll use the word “cute” in a review — promise.

Drawbacks could be that the 8.9 inch screen is too small for Windows (it runs the Laptop version) and the price is $200, which is equal to a solid Chromebook these days.

We also want you to know about LeapFrog’s headliner product: the LeapFrog Epic. We recorded a video with a lot of details earlier in the summer so you can see what it is, and isn’t. This device represents a huge jump for LeapFrog because it is based on Android.

Another embargo which lifted this morning — just 30 minutes ago, actually — comes from one of our favorite game studios in the UK: Media Molecule LtdTearaway Unfolded ($40 for ages 8-up for PS4) comes from the brains behind LittleBigPlanet. This is an intense single player journey through a world built from paper that unfolds and comes alive.

Those with an interest in the kids coding revolution should know about Thimble from Mozilla (makers of the Firefox browser). It’s a free, open source code editor for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript  — the “real” stuff. The idea is simple: you write and edit code on the left side of the screen, and watch it spring to life on the right, in real time. To save your work you need to register and make an account. Give it a try, at https://thimble.mozilla.org.

Want more? Don’t miss the next CTR Weekly, sent to paying CTR subscribers (weekly issues are sent every Wednesday morning at 8:30 EST to CTR Pro subscribers ($60/year). 

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