An iPad for the preschool set

The Fisher-Price iXL Learning System isn’t even on sale yet, and already it’s being hailed as an iPad for pre-schoolers, reports the New York Times. The iXL is a tiny computer that opens like a book. It has fat, colorful icons on the right side and buttons and a speaker on the other side. As you might expect, there are apps for the new product: Story Book, Game Player, Note Book, Art Studio, Music Player, and Photo Album software. And the gadget even has a touch screen. The product should go on sale in July, starting at $79.99. It’s Mac and PC compatible, with an SD card slot and a USB port. “We have invested more research and development dollars into iXL than any other product in our 2010 Fisher-Price product line, and it definitely shows,” Robert Eckert, the chief executive of Mattel, said in a statement…

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