March 18, 2018

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Findaway Debuts Playaway Launchpad


Findaway has launched Playaway Launchpad, a preloaded learning tablet. Image courtesy of Findaway

Findaway, a provider of digital technology solutions, has introduced Playaway Launchpad, the first ever secure, preloaded children’s learning tablet designed specifically for circulation, according to Playaway brand manager Brittany Gonzalez.

The Launchpad delivers high quality, ad-free learning apps grouped together by subject area, theme, grade level, and age. The apps are preloaded and secured onto each tablet.

It is designed for library and classroom environments, durable enough to withstand multiple users. A one-touch reset feature erases previous user data and requires no staff maintenance,so that Launchpad is ready for the next checkout.

“We’re incredibly excited to debut Playaway Launchpad and change the way tablets are circulated within libraries and schools,” said Jennifer Leombruno, vice-president of Playaway Preloaded Products Group.

Findaway has partnered with leading app developers and Fingerprint Digital, a prominent app aggregator and technology partner, to custom-curate thousands of best-selling apps selected and quality-tested just for children. The content collection spans subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity, and features themed learning packs, including animals, princesses, fantasy, nature, and more.

A custom-designed user interface gives children the opportunity to create a personal avatar, plus an informational console gives parents and educators feedback about time spent on the tablet.

Launchpad is powered by an Android operating system and features a 7-inch high-definition touchscreen, external speaker, universal audio jack, and a protective bumper. The tablet is free of Wi-Fi and camera capabilities for a controlled user experience.

The tablet is sold exclusively through Findaway and comes with a shelf-ready circulating case and a USB/AC power adapter. Prices start at $99.

Early adopters of the new learning tablet include Baltimore (MD) County Public Library, Cambridge (MA) Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and Nashville Public Library. Each library system will be among the first in the nation to circulate Launchpad to their patrons at multiple branches.

Visit the Playaway Launchpad website for more information.

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  1. MWitherell says:

    Not sure what to make of these yet. I’m wondering if others have had good experiences.

  2. Jeff Johnson says:

    These appear to be safe and secure but in fact they are embedded with issues like gay marriage, and zombies, they also use crude language in sounding out words like F is for Fart, and P is for Poop. I am trying to speak to the company about this but they do not care what we believe or say.