Tue 13 Sep 2005
Mattel releases Vidster camcorder for kids (via Engadget)
Mattel has released a truly 'dumbed down' camcorder for kids – 320 x 240 resolution and only 15fps – for $99. I assume they're banking on the low price-point to get kids (or more likely their parents) involved in media creation. But is it a good thing to give kids a device that basically sucks, and with which they can only approximate 'real' media? It seems to me that they're asking for it to be a novelty toy – kids & parents are interested in the idea, but then realize the video product is lousy and lose interest.