@The NYC Toy fair 2008 Franklin showed off their new product, a T-Mobile Sidekick looking device called the “Speaking Spelling Bee” – this isn’t a DIY/science kit type thing, but I really liked it and it’s a unique gadget (and I haven’t seen it anywhere else)… You can play it on the go, or plug in to a TV – awhile back there was a big spelling bee phenomenon, maybe we’ll see kids playing this in addition to video games (both are fun)…
- Multi-player Competition mode (up to 6 players), Game Show mode or improve skills in the practice mode
- Request a definition of the word, origin or to have it used in a sentence
- Compete against friends or select to play against the computer
- High-contrast 2″ color LCD display
- Clear speech and sound effects
- Compact design with sliding keyboard
- Connects to most TVs
- SD slot and USB connectivity provides expandability
- The Merriam-Webster Intermediate Dictionary with over 70,000 words, the Merriam-Webster Intermediate Thesaurus and the Merriam-Webster Rhyming Dictionary make this handheld a great companion for school work
Useful reading timer
Meant for ages 8 & up. It also comes with Sudoku — I dunno, I might get one, Apple’s Mail client seems to miss some of my spelling mistakes – I’d like to fix that with meat skills.
- Speaking Spelling Bee – Link.
- More photos of Franklin’s spelling bee @ Flickr – Link.
- Giant set of NYC Toy fair 2008 photos @ Flickr – Link.
- MAKE’s coverage of the NYC Toy Faire 2008 in one place! – Link.