EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:LF), the leader in educational entertainment, announced today that LeapTVTM, LeapFrog's new educational video gaming system, has won one of the coveted 2015 Kids at Play Interactive (KAPi) Awards for innovation in children's media in the "Best Hardware" category. This year's KAPi winners were recognized at the 5th Annual KAPi Awards Ceremony held last night in connection with the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Warren Buckleitner, coordinator of the KAPi Awards, noted that "After much debate, the jurors appreciated LeapTV's ability to turn a living room TV into a safe, educational playground by way of an affordable plug and play device that harnesses technology normally found in much more sophisticated game consoles."
Created by the editor of Children's Technology Review Warren Buckleitner and founder of Living in Digital Times Robin Raskin, the annual KAPi Awards are highly-regarded peer-recognition awards designed to highlight innovation and excellence in design in commercial children's interactive media. Each year winners are selected by a panel of 12 esteemed industry experts.
"We are profoundly honored to receive a KAPi Award for our LeapTV educational video game system, acknowledging one of our biggest educational platform launches ever for excellence in innovation and design," said John Barbour, chief executive officer at LeapFrog. "Our commitment to helping children reach their potential is at the center of everything we do, and recognition of LeapTV by KAPi Award jurors validates our continual drive to bring learning and fun together through new and exciting interactive media experiences.
Get Moving with LeapTV!
LeapTV teaches a range of skills across reading, mathematics, science and problem solving though engaging and entertaining video game play. With simple and intuitive user interfaces specifically created with first-time players in mind, LeapTV provides children three ways to play: motion control, pointer play, and a classic controller mode. Using LeapTV's unique camera, children can see themselves on the TV in the video game as they dance, play sports and more, while experiencing curricular challenges along the way. LeapTV also includes a transforming gaming controller that has been designed for children's small hands and limited dexterity. In its regular configuration it enables classic gameplay, but with the simple press of a button it easily transforms into a motion controller and LED pointer controller. The LeapTV system includes console, motion-sensing camera, camera mount, transforming controller with wrist strap, HDMI cable, 16GB of memory and built-in Wi-Fi for downloading apps (sold separately).
LeapTV provides access to LeapFrog's extensive Learning Library of more than 100 game cartridges, game downloads and videos all designed or approved by LeapFrog's team of gaming and learning experts. Unique to LeapFrog, the Learning Team includes a full-time in-house team of five learning experts, all with PhDs in various specialties including education, child development and educational psychology. The first major title launches for LeapTV were created through a combination of great game play design and educational input from the LeapFrog Learning Team.
The LeapTV system (MSRP $149.99, for children 3-8 years old) is now available online and at major retail locations. Game cartridges (MSRP $29.99) are also available online and at major retail locations, and downloadable games and apps (starting at MSRP $5.00 and up) are available via the LeapFrog App Center. For more information, visit www.leapfrog.com/leaptv.
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in educational entertainment for children. For nearly 20 years, LeapFrog has created award-winning learning solutions that combine educational expertise, innovative technology and a child's love for fun. With experiences that are personalized to each child's level, LeapFrog helps children achieve their potential through LeapFrog's proprietary learning tablets, learn to read and write systems, interactive learning toys and more, all designed or approved by LeapFrog's full-time in-house team of learning experts. LeapFrog's Learning Path, the ultimate guide for parents on early childhood, is designed specifically to help support and guide their child's learning with personalized ideas and feedback, fun activities and expert advice. LeapFrog is based in Emeryville, California, and was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Learn more at www.leapfrog.com.
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