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- Real digital camera
- TV connect (not just PC)
- Save and print creations
- Drawing lessons
- Add art to any digital picture they take
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
The base of the KidiArt Studio is a sturdy desk stand made of brightly colored plastic. This stand comes in five pieces, which are easy to assemble. There's a picture in the user's manual that shows which pieces go where, and plastic caps that screw in place hold the unit together. The main unit, which rests on this stand, includes a touch pad, a pen for use with the touch pad, and a real digital camera on a movable arm. There's even a sturdy plastic stool that's sized to fit little artists.
You'll need eight "AA" batteries and a Phillips head screwdriver to get started. When the batteries need replacing, you should only need to replace four at a time. The studio uses the additional four batteries as a backup system to ensure that your child never loses artwork due to battery failure.
Once the unit is ready, simply plug it into your TV using the included A/V cable, and make sure the TV is set to show video input. On many televisions this is as easy as pressing the button labeled TV/VIDEO. When the KidiArt Studio is turned on, audio commands will help your child pick a fun activity.
Help Kids View the World Through a Creative Lens
It's easy to see why this studio set earned the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval and the Creative Child Toy of the Year Award. Beyond providing lots of different opportunities for creative growth, this setup is durable, compact, and its touchpad helps kids practice hand-eye coordination. The pen and touch pad can be a little awkward at first, but it's easy to get used to. And since it's attached to the main unit by a cable, you won't have to worry about misplacing it.
Fun activities include using frames to put your face on a monkey, using the pen to add colorful clip art and freehand drawings to photos, and creating cool stop-motion animations. A cheerful voice offers tips to encourage kids in their creative development. We found that once we were familiar with all the great features of the KidiArt studio, the voice was a bit distracting. But this is a minor concern, and you can always turn the volume on your TV down. As an added bonus, parents will appreciate the way this unit shuts off automatically after several minutes of inactivity to save batteries.
Beyond the TV-studio interface, a USB cable is included so you can connect the KidiArt Studio to your PC. In PC connect mode, your child can save their artwork, create custom e-cards to send to friends and family, and print their favorite creations. Your child can also follow a studio template to create a craft project, like paper dolls featuring photos and colorful embellishments, then print out the project and complete it.
In order to use the included software, you will need a computer running Windows 2000, XP, or Vista with 256 MB of memory. We had no trouble moving the sturdy unit around, but if your TV is set in a big entertainment center and your computer is in a cramped home office, you may find that it's a little cumbersome to disconnect from one and connect to the other frequently.
The included camera takes great shots, and since it is attached to the unit you won't have to worry about it being lost or dropped. Your child is sure to enjoy taking a zillion self portraits and shots of his or her best friends.
What's in the Box
Main unit with rotating camera and touch pad, desk stand, stool, USB cable, A/V cable, game cartridge, CD-ROM with PC application, and two user manuals.
CAUTION: Adult assembly required.
Top Customer Reviews
From one dad's perspective, here are the issues:
1. The camera is just terrible. My phone takes better pictures and that's no compliment to my phone. With the advancement in technology today, why would a camera take such bad pictures? There's no flash so the room has to be brightly lit. The camera cannot be detached from the arm on the drawing table so the person has to sit directly in front of it. Although the camera does rotate from front to back and auto rotates the perspective, so that's good.
2. The graphics are just horrible. To get a sense, if you have ever purchased one of those video games that come packaged in a joystick and you plug into a tv that's what it looks like. For some this may be acceptable. Here is an example (these graphics are much better): Jakks SpongeBob SquarePants TV Game
3. There is no AC Adapter (power plug). You have to use batteries or purchase the adapter seperately. The console really only requires 4 AA batteries but there is another compartment for backup batteries, which is another 4 AA batteries. I'm assuming the backup power is so that all work created is not deleted when changing the primary batteries. Again, the system can be used with the main batteries BUT you get a notification on screen periodically that there is no backup batteries.
4. There is an option to hook up your drawing table to a computer.Read more ›
The photoshop/drawing application is fairly average when I compare it to other online kids games/drawing tools. Vtech could have spent a little more time making this part really really great and a little less time giving it 100 different applications.
The video and stop-motion picture apps aren't much different but are fun.
There is a puzzle game, picture to draw app, you can create picture-personalized origami to print out.
On the negative side, the camera is of really poor quality (I mean the worst I have ever seen including phone cameras, etc.), it doesn't come with a power cord, I get reminded every couple minutes to check the backup batteries and to click OK to acknowledge the message (SUPER annoying). On that note, there are a lot of confirmation messages that really get in the way of using this toy, "Are you sure you want to quit? Do you want to save the picture? Are you sure you want to delete the picture?" that are frustrating/boring for a little kid. On a 42 inch TV the graphics look pretty bad. It's just too big a size for the graphics and they end up looking fuzzy. The pen that you use to click the buttons isn't very accurate and sometimes even though the mouse pointer looks to be right on the button a click doesn't take and you get an annoying error sound. It would be good if the camera could rotate horizontally so you don't have to turn the whole table to take a picture too.
Overall, this toy is just darn cool. It's pretty amazing the stuff that it can do but you really get a first generation feel from the product. It definitely needs polishing in a lot of areas.
The idea is very cool and there are some neat things you can do..if you can move the pen correctly and click where you need to. There are so many things you can do but it's too complicated for younger children. My 5 year old has mostly just taken her picture with the camera and my 3 year old did take her picture and color on it once.
The problem really is that you click with the pen but if you press too hard it clicks when you don't want it to - hence why there are 50 pictures of my 5 year old when we keep telling her to cancel!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was used and you could tell. My son never played it bc it was blurry on the tv not worth the moneyPublished on May 29, 2014 by Kathy Thompson
My two daughters got this toy when they were 4 and 6. They loved it and played with it with some assistance, just enjoying drawing and typing letters. Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by HaveLessLiveHappy
One of my son's favorite toys. Replaced it twice after it broke. Since he's gotten his own laptop computer, he has not missed it.Published on December 20, 2012 by Malcolm W. SMITH
We received this as a Xmas present. It should come with a wall charger. It requires a lot of batteries. Because of that, my kids have hardly played with it. Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by YLo
Bought this for my 5 1/2 year old daughter while it was on sale recently. She loved it. She loves to take pictures of her stuffed animals or pictures from books (as well as... Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by Star
Basically, this works like a Bamboo tablet for kids + a basic digital cam.
This is a gift that my 5-year old daughter received. Read more
My experience with Amazon has been phenomenal! Every item purchased came on time or before in excellent condition. Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by Lady T
I bought this toy from a seller named Ne-hi, and I just want everyone to know BEWARE. The toy came on time, but was missing a piece, and Ne-Hi REFUSED to send me the piece OR send... Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by Jane Eyre Supergirl