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LeapFrog, a company known for producing children’s video game consoles and software has made a new hardware announcement. They announced “LeapTV” which is a motion controlled “Active” video gaming system designed for kids.

LeapFrog is well known for its LeapPad tablets which provide a child-friendly, durable tablet to help parents protect their iPads from little fingers. This is a similar response to motion controlled consoles like the Wii, WiiU, and Xbox One with Kinect. LeapTV purportedly “changes the way children learn by combining activity and movement with best-in-class educational curriculum.”

This console is interesting because it features “LeapFrog”-ed versions of the Nintendo WiiMote and the PlayStation Eye camera. The controller can also transform into a laser pointer that will interact with games. Take a look at the announcement trailer here.


The LeapTV is will release this fall (likely in time for the holidays) and will be priced at $149.99.

The jury is still out on whether or not there is a real market for this console. The parents who would buy a console for their children and haven’t already bought a Wii U, PS4, or Xbox One are likely the same parents that are relying on their iPad or Android phone.

The $!50 price tag is attractive compared to the other options available, but, again, it is difficult to see the sales on this one take off.

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