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VTech Adds Wi-Fi To InnoTab Tablet

NEW YORK — VTech announced it has updated its kid-geared tablet, the InnoTab, to include a rotating camera and added a Wi- Fi-capable model.

Like the first version of the InnoTab, the InnoTab 2 has a 5-inch color touchscreen that can serve as an e-reader or as a video, game or music player. It’s geared toward ages 3 to 9, and content is accessed through VTech’s Learning Lodge Navigator website. The InnoTab 2, which will keep a $79.99 suggested retail, must be connected to download content, while the InnoTab 2S ($99.99) can connect to the site via Wi-Fi.

VTech has added a 2-megapixel camera that can be rotated 180 degrees, as well as a built-in microphone that can integrate with some of the games. Consumers will now also be able to purchase music albums from the Learning Lodge Navigator site, featuring public domain songs that VTech has recorded.

The tablets have 2GB of built-in memory with an SD slot that lets them expand up to 32GB. They will be available in July.

VTech said it will phase out the first generation of the InnoTab.

A line of accessories will also be available, including a protective sleeve ($9.99), folio ($12.99), storage tote ($14.99) and noise-limiting headphones ($19.99).

VTech also updated its MobiGo portable game player. The MobiGo 2, which has a flip-out QWERTY keyboard, now includes a tilt sensor and a microphone. It is geared toward ages 3 to 8. Suggested retail is $59.99, and software titles cost $19.99. Three preloaded games are included.