If you have an early reader in your entourage, the Poingo system is worth bringing along on your next trip -- especially if you don't want to haul around a dozen books but also don't want to read the same one or two outloud eleventy billion times. It's not silent, so you might not want to use it on the plane, but in the waiting area, at the hotel, or in the car? Perfect.
January 25, 2009
The Poingo is mightier
Lylah M. Alphonse, Globe Staff
My kids love to read, but it's not practical to bring a stack of books with us whenever we travel. Poingo gives early readers a bit of independence and a great interactive learning experience. The system is easy to use: When kids touch the Poingo pen to pages in a Poingo book, the pen's scanner "reads" hidden symbols in the text and pictures, and words, music, and sounds play through the pen's built-in speakers. The books feature characters from commercial hits like "Finding Nemo," "Cinderella," and "Cars"; you can download content for additional books. The starter pack, which includes two books, costs about $35 (additional books are about $10) at Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us stores, and online at http://www.mypoingo.com/. [More]