as a parent with young kids (lil’bit is 4.5 yrs old already! yikes!) i am eager for a non-smartphone device for kids that still provides communication and some form of entertainment (e.g. music). i’m VERY eager for this and i suspect so too are many other parents for the same reason: kids get ‘addicted’ to video. it consumes their attention like a black hole. lil’bit will avoid the bathroom and food, he’ll sacrifice toys and outdoor playtime, he’ll do ANYTHING for just one more episode… and that’s not healthy.
i want tech for my kids - i want to give them the best possible start with it and i’m biased towards a positive view of tech. unencumbered smartphones (no parental control apps) are clearly problematic, but even with apps installed to limit netflix/etc usage they see that screen and they crave the content they know it could provide. a screenless device potentially solves this while perhaps providing additional value.
i’d love to get one for lil’bit and another for his best friend (purchased/controlled by the friend’s parents). walkie-talkie conversations over a half dozen miles via wifi between the two sounds awesome to me. battery based cell-data conversations when exploring the forest around our house sounds awesome to me too. a phone is too fragile and attention seeking - something that can get out of the way and enable kids to use them without encumbering other activities is very promising